Embracing Participatory Design and Design Thinking in Children and Youth Librarianship

Embracing Participatory Design and Design Thinking in Children and Youth Librarianship

The Post Master’s certificate in Youth Experience (YX) responds to the Continuing Education (CE) category of the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (IMLS LB21) and will occur from June 1, 2016, to May 31, 2019. This project brings together faculty members from the College of Information Studies (iSchool) and the College of Education at the University of Maryland (UMD) and partners who are committed to advancing youth learning in libraries to develop a 12-credit online post-master’s certificate program. The partners are two organizations within the American Library Association (ALA) that are committed to enhancing approaches to youth learning in libraries—the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). The YX certificate program will be aimed at building youth librarians’ capacity to better adapt to the changing landscape of youth learning and technology. Practicing librarians will learn to promote 21st century skills among youth ages 0-18 through incorporating participatory design principles, design thinking approaches, and dynamic community partnerships in their offerings of programs and services. The proposed project fills a significant gap in professional development relating to libraries’ efforts to build capacity among their workforce to better serve the needs of diverse youth and build their critical 21st century skills. The direct audiences for this CE grant are public librarians serving children and teens and, indirectly, children and young adult patrons who stand to benefit from librarians’ transformed practices. Additionally, we will disseminate the curriculum and methods used to develop the components of the certificate program widely with other library and information science (LIS) graduate programs across the country.

Duration: 
June 2016 - May 2019
Funder: 
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Total Award Amount: 
$396,052

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