Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership Academy by the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association
The Central New York Resources Council’s Professional Development Award helped to enable me to attend the Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership Academy (EALA) presented over the past 8 months by the Youth Services Section (YSS) of the New York Library Association (NYLA). I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend this valuable series of courses, which were presented partly in person and partly via webinar. Although I have been a professional librarian for 28 years, I am new to my current position of Young Adult Librarian, having spent the first 25 years as a Children’s Librarian. I found the information and skills shared during the EALA invaluable to my work with teens. I was able to network and connect with other professionals and share resources, as well as brainstorm ideas throughout the program.
The coursework throughout the Academy included the following:
- The Community Experience
- Marketing your Library/Programs
- Communication and Presentation skills
- Partnerships, Collaborations & Relationships
- Human Resources/Interviewing/Management
- Practical Planning & Design for Children and Teen Spaces
- Mentoring/Team Building
- Budget Planning & Financial Management
The full curriculum for the Academy can be found on the YSS website at https://www.nyla.org/max/events/yss-empowerment-adovcacy-and-leadership-academy-eala/321/ (this is for the upcoming 2019-20 semester, but the coursework is the same).
The Academy also included, as a requirement of completion, the creation of a special project and student presentations of such. I chose as my special project the redevelopment of the Teen Volunteer Program at my library. I was able to use the resources and information gleaned from the programs to create a new plan, develop documents and records, and create promotional materials; and the program will be in place this summer.
The opportunity to attend the YSS EALA has enabled me to develop further in my professional career, and I will be able to use these skills well into my future as a Young Adult Librarian. I connected with other professionals of varied backgrounds and experience, and those relationships have inspired me to strive further. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Central New York Resources Council for this valuable experience.
Youth Services/Young Adult Library, Manlius Library
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