[OYAN] Connected Learning E Course March-April 2019

Greta Bergquist greta.bergquist at state.or.us
Tue Feb 26 10:20:52 PST 2019

Hi folks,

A team of teen focused librarians have been working to build resources for Connected Learning in libraries - This may be new language to you but is basically all the things you are ALREADY doing for teens -doing programming for teens based on what they are personally interested in that happens to build skills that will serve them in different areas - from working with others to content knowledge. (See the more fleshed out descriptions below.)

There are two resources available to you:

1)      A free connectedib toolkit here: https://connectedlib.github.io/

a.      You could use it as is. It may also be something that may be useful to use as a supporting argument to pay the $100 for the course option.

2)      A YALSA e-course that will run Sunday, March 17th-Saturday, April 20th. More info here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinelearning/onlinecourses/connectedlib

a.      This is $100 and will offer you a chance to work with other teen librarians across the country, which could be super helpful beyond the course.

Here's the official announcement below. If you'd like more info, Katie Davis is awesome and I've worked with her on previous library projects. Feel free to tell her I sent you her way if you end up e-mailing her. :)

Announcing the Launch of the ConnectedLib Professional Development Toolkit for Youth-Serving Library Staff

  *   At this year's recent ALA Midwinter Meeting (January 25-29, 2019), the ConnectedLib<https://connectedlib.ischool.uw.edu/> team officially launched the ConnectedLib Toolkit, a research-based professional development toolkit that offers youth-serving library staff a free, customizable, and self-paced program to create engaging teen programs and services with digital media.

With generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services<https://imls.gov/> (IMLS), faculty members from the library and information science (LIS) schools at the University of Washington and University of Maryland collaborated with public libraries (Providence Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and Kitsap Regional Library) to create this professional development resource that supports library staff in their efforts to leverage new media technologies and promote youth's connected learning experiences in libraries. Connected learning connects teens' personal interests, their relationships with peers and mentors, and real-life opportunities to help prepare youth for life after high school with 21st century skills and new literacies, creating highly motivating learning experiences for teens.

Library staff who work through the modules in the toolkit will have the opportunity to evaluate their teen programs and their library's capacity for connected learning; identify community resources that could enhance teens' learning experiences; and put what they learn into practice by creating an outline for their own connected learning program. This toolkit can also be used by LIS educators who teach youth services courses at their institutions to train the next generation of librarians in connected learning.

The ConnectedLib Toolkit is available for free here: https://connectedlib.github.io/. For those interested in working through the modules more formally to design a connected learning program at their library, you can also take an upcoming YALSA e-course. More information about the YALSA e-course is available at: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinelearning/onlinecourses/connectedlib

For more information about the project, please visit: https://connectedlib.ischool.uw.edu/

For any questions, please contact project PIs, Dr. Katie Davis (kdavis78 at uw.edu<mailto:kdavis78 at uw.edu>) or Dr. Mega Subramaniam (mmsubram at umd.edu<mailto:mmsubram at umd.edu>).


Greta B

Greta Bergquist
Youth Services Consultant
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