YALSA Releases Teen Services Competencies

From the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

YALSA’s Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff, which replaces Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth, is the latest resource developed to help graduate schools, library administrators, and library staff guarantee that all teens receive high quality service from their public and school libraries, regardless of whether the library has the capacity to dedicate a full-time position to serving teens. It is intended to set a foundation for the education and professional development of all library staff, regardless of job title, and to provide guidance for determining practitioner skills and knowledge. It is also meant to provide a framework to enable those within and outside the field to understand the unique role library staff can play in helping teens prepare for college, careers and life, and to communicate that role to others.

The 10 competencies are listed below.  Download the complete document for free.

  1. Teen Growth and Development
  2. Interactions with Teens
  3. Learning Environments (formal & informal)
  4. Learning Experiences (formal & informal)
  5. Youth Engagement and Leadership
  6. Community and Family Engagement
  7. Cultural Competency and Responsiveness
  8. Equity of Access
  9. Outcomes and Assessment
  10. Continuous Learning

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