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.