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Catch-Up on YALSA’s Badge Project @ Midwinter

Catch-Up on YALSA’s Badge Project @ Midwinter | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The badges support YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth. We are working on seven badges – one for each competency. Badge earners – who we see as any library staff member that works with teens – will gain skills and knowledge in areas such as marketing, professional learning networks, web-based curation and displays, mobile services, and more. Members of the YALSA community will be able to provide feedback to badge earners as a way to bring in peer mentoring and support.


Badges are a great way to take part in professional development and provide a visual representation of skills and knowledge to employers, potential employers, peers, colleagues, and more. Badge earners will be able to display their badges on websites, blogs, Facebook, resumes, and so on.

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Digital Badges for Library Research? | ACRL

[Could] a student could get a badge in various areas of library research, such as searching Lexis/Nexis, locating a book by its call number, or correctly citing a source within a paper? Many college and university librarians struggle with getting information competency skills inserted into the curriculum in terms of learning outcomes or core competencies. And even if they are in the curriculum, librarians often struggle when it comes to working with teaching faculty and students to ensure that these skills are effectively being taught and graded. Perhaps badges could be a way for librarians to play a significant role in the development and assessment student information competency skills.

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YALSA » Badges Outside of School

In this post in the YALSAblog series on badging programs we look at the way that programs that serve teens in their out of school hours are integrating badges into their programs and services. There are a lot of interesting ways these programs are using badges and they can serve as models for libraries that might want to develop their own programs. Or, present opportunities for partnerships between community organizations and libraries who can develop badging programs together.

 

While some schools are just now realizing the usefulness of badges, some out of school time programs, like Girl Scouts, have been using badges for years. Now, even Girl Scouts, are using badges in new ways. “My Girl Scout Sash is an App, aims to encourage girls ages 5-17, with an emphasis on those in middle and high school, to learn app development as a way of seeing computer programming and other science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) skills as career choices….”

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YALSA » Why Badges in School?

An example of a school-based badge program is the New York City Department of Education’s course called DIG/IT. This course prepares students for life after high school. “The DIG/IT course provides a context that empowers and encourages learners to develop new real-world skills and knowledge that advance life goals, while engaging with others in a social give-and-take that builds community credibility and connections. Fun, motivating badges demonstrate to the world what the learners know and can do, and how others value their contributions.”

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YALSA » Showing What You Know With YALSA Badges

Over the past few months you’ve probably heard about the association’s new Badges for Lifelong Learning project. As YALSA develops badges that you’ll be able to earn online to demonstrate your knowledge and skill related to the association’s Competencies for Serving Youth in Libraries, we thought it would be helpful to regularly provide information on how badge programs support adult learning. To achieve that, this is the first in a regular series of posts on badges that will appear on the YALSAblog.

 

You know about YALSA’s badges, but you might be asking how will earning badges help me? Or, you might wonder, can I further my own professional development through badges? Check out the three resources below for answers to those questions.

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YALSA Badges: Lots Learned So Far

YALSA is on the cutting-edge with it’s badging project and the team is learning a lot as it develops a system that will help those serving teens in libraries gain the skills necessary to provide great service to young adults.

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Library Project a Winner in Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition | The Digital Shift

Library Project a Winner in Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition | The Digital Shift | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Youth Librarians can Earn Badges | YALSA’s badges will be based on its Competencies for Serving Youth, national guidelines for librarians who serve teens. The competencies are divided into seven broad content areas. YALSA and project partner Badgeville will create four badges for each area, the first three of which will demonstrate proficiency of a specific skill or topic. The fourth badge will demonstrate mastery of a skill or topic. Librarians and library workers who opt in to the program can participate at their own pace by engaging in a range of activities.

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Badges at OELMA

Badges at OELMA | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
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School librarians use badges at their OELMA conference. Nice to see how they use the web and documentation to on-ramp people to the idea of badges for learning. 

PS. Librarians are awesome. 

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YALSA » What’s the Latest With YALSA Badges?

We’ve been talking a lot about badges on the YALSAblog but haven’t given readers much of an update on what’s going on with the association’s badge project. First, we’ve just made an Xtranormal video with a bit of information about how the project is going to work.

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YALSA » The Future of Badges, Resumes, and Professional Credentials

In our ongoing series of blog posts on badges, this week we thought it would be interesting to gaze into our crystal ball and look at what experts are saying about the future of badging and professional credentials. What will happen to resumes, college transcripts, and other traditional forms of credentialing in a world of badges? Read on to find out.

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YALSA » How to Have a Good Badge Experience

Last week we posted on how badges can enhance professional development. As you think about participating in a badge program, you might wonder, what should I look for in a good badge experience? Two things to keep in mind:

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YALSA » Badges Meets Connect Create Collaborate

In this five minute interview learn from YALSA President Jack Martin about YALSA’s Badges for Lifelong Learning project which gives library staff the opportunity to gain skills related to the association’s Competencies for Serving Youth in Libraries. The project is funded by HASTAC, Mozilla, and the MacArthur Foundation.

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Information Literacy Librarian: Open Badges in Information Literacy

Information Literacy Librarian: Open Badges in Information Literacy | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

As I’m learning about badges, I am thinking about what it might look like in our program. I haven’t worked the details, but I do have basic structure in my mind. In my current vision, there are 4 levels of badges: Competence, Skill, Quest, and Activities. For each Quest, students would be able to select a number of specified Activities from a list of options, including in-person workshops, online tutorials and other challenges. Once a student completes all Quests for a skill, he/she will be awarded the Skill badge. Completion of all skills within a Competence level will lead to a Competence level badge. Each level of competence would build off the lower level, so completion of a higher-level Competence badge would require completion of all lower levels.

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The Corkboard | Digital Learning and Badges

I’m in the midst of prepping my syllabus for a summer course entitled “Digital Tools, Trends, and Debates.” One of my modules – in fact, one I’m most excited about – is focused on digital learning and digital literacies, so I think it’s relevant in this week’s worth of material to include in our conversation some talk about badge systems, especially considering that we will be talking about Gee’s learning principles in games. There certainly is some overlap. And while I’m not quite convinced that badges go beyond “shiny new toy syndrome”, I think the emerging research indicates that there is something worth our attention that, while not necessarily needing our full focus, warrants a general understanding of the topic, especially for LIS professionals where learning and libraries overlap more often than not.

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