Impacting Lives: A New Approach to Teen Services

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Event Details

***This six-week training cohort is now full.  There is no 100% self-paced/recorded option available due to the format of this course.  We do hope to offer it again in the future.***

Library staff are uniquely positioned to positively impact teens as they grow into adults.  By offering connected learning and computational thinking opportunities to our teens, we can help them build skills that will prepare them for their futures.  While many libraries successfully support teens, intentionality is key for maximum effect, and reflection on our services is crucial.

Join Beth Yates (ISL), Christy Franzman (HEPL), and a group of your peers for this six week virtual course as we consider a new approach to teen services—one with intentionality and impact—and create a community of practice for teen services in Indiana libraries.

(Don’t know what computational thinking or connected learning are?  Don’t worry—that’s what you’ll be learning!!)

This training will be a mixture of a virtual self-paced Canvas course with weekly assignments and live weekly Zoom discussions where participation is expected.

Schedule for WEEKLY LIVE ZOOM DISCUSSIONS* ~ Thursdays, 1-2:30pm Eastern:

9/24 – Welcome/Orientation (This meeting is only 1 hour)

10/1 – Connected Learning Module - Week 1 discussion

10/8 – Connected Learning Module - Week 2 discussion

10/15 – Connected Learning Module - Week 3 discussion

10/22 – Computational Thinking Module - Week 1 discussion

10/29 – Computational Thinking Module - Week 2 discussion

11/5 – Computational Thinking Module - Week 3 discussion and wrap-up

*BEFORE REGISTERING:  Check your calendar to ensure you are available to meet on these dates.  We recommend you receive approval from your supervisor to attend a minimum of 5 out of 7 meetings; however, you should attend all meetings to get the full impact of the course.  Orientation on 9/24 is required.  Failure to attend at least 5 discussions may result in a reduction in or loss of LEUs.

This cohort has limited space; we can only accept 20 registrants!  Currently, this cohort is the only way to take the course (there is no 100% self-paced/recorded option available).  We do plan to offer this course for a second cohort of library staff in the future, likely in Spring 2021.

This entire course, with coursework and meetings, is worth a total of 20 LEUs.  You must complete the entire course to receive LEUs.

Facilitators: Beth Yates, Children’s Consultant, Indiana State Library / Christy Franzman, Teen Engagement Coordinator, Hamilton East Public Library

This training is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA).


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Event Type(s): ISL Meeting
Presenter: Beth Yates, Children’s Consultant
Beth Yates