Asynchronous eCourse beginning September 15, 2014 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Jennifer Velásquez.
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Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request
Only a foundation of teen participation can build a vibrant scene such as the one in San Antonio’s main library where teens use computers, listen to music, take cooking classes, do homework, participate in books clubs, and generally hang out. “Teens want a place that welcomes them; they want a role in decision-making, a place that responds to their needs, where they can congregate, socialize, and have a relationship with adults that care about them, who are not their teachers or parents," says Jennifer Velásquez, Coordinator of Teen Services for the San Antonio Public Library System (TX), and a 2011 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. In this ALA Editions eCourse, Velásquez will present practical strategies for giving teens the lead in developing high-appeal collections and services. Through lectures, readings and interactive assignments, you will also learn how to draw from the insights of teens to create an online presence that is both relevant and effective.
- Identifying and overcoming possible internal and external barriers to teen library programming including lack of funds, and organizational resistance
- How to position teens for success in program development and implementation
- Designing teen-friendly library spaces
- Developing, maintaining, and displaying your collection for teens
- Publicizing your library effectively with social media and the web
- Motivating teen volunteers
- Developing library policy that works for teens, by teens
- How to demonstrate positive results to library administrators, board members, city officials, community members, and other stakeholders through high-impact, low-cost methods such as photos, videos and teen comments
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on September 15, 2014. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
Instructor Jennifer Velásquez will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on September 15 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor
In addition to her role in the San Antonio Public Library System, Jennifer Velásquez is a lecturer in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University (CA). In 2005, she was awarded the New York Times Librarian Award in recognition of her work in teen library services. She also received the La Promesa Award for Outstanding Programming to Latino Youth from The National Latino Children's Institute in 1996.