Transforming Teen Services
Transforming Teen Services is a series of trainings designed to help improve library services for teens. There are five basic content areas: Educational Equity, Ages and Stages of Youth Development, Connected Learning, Computational Thinking, and Youth Voice and Program Facilitation. This series was developed as part of an IMLS grant partnership between YALSA and COSLA. In the fall of 2019, State and local library staff from around the country were trained to implement the Transforming Teen Services trainings in their states. Jennifer Redford, Youth Services Consultant at ICfL, and Maria Ricks from the Meridian Library District, were trained to facilitate trainings in Idaho through 2021.
Some Idaho library staff have taken parts of this training, but no one has been able to access ALL of it…until now. The Transforming Teen Services training is now a tutorial on the ICfL’s Niche Academy. There is a section for each of the five subject areas, and a workbook to help you keep track of notes and assignments. After completing the entire tutorial, you will have the knowledge and skills (and maybe even a plan!) to provide high quality programs and services for and with teens.