With Fall just over the horizon there are a lot of opportunities for continuing education. I’m going to share some opportunities below, but be sure to look in your area for other opportunities. Completing these tasks will get you closer to earning the coveted Grasshopper badge! Only 8 of your peers have earned this badge. Will you be next?
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Urban Libraries Council has some that might be relevant.
Check with the youth division of your state’s library association. Many divisions hold Fall and Spring workshops which might be of interest to you. These are sometimes free, or very inexpensive and are fabulous for learning and networking. Take this chance to get to know other youth services folks in your state! And, earn the local training badge!
In Washington we have two conferences in October that would be relevant to the work of youth services staff of all levels. You probably do in your state, too. One for teacher librarians/media specialists (they do storytimes, too, you know!) and one for all library employees (CROSS TRAINING OPPORTUNITY!). Conferences like these won’t be free, but if you can make your case to attend you are guaranteed to learn something new and build stronger relationships with library staff who work in different parts of the library world. Earn the conference badge for this one.
Don’t forget to check out local early learning affiliates!
In my state we have WAEYC (the WA affiliate of NAEYC) and you likely have an affiliate in your state, as well. The WAEYC Conference is in October and while I’ll be presenting this year, I have attended in the past and always come away with loads of great ideas and information. AS is the case in many professions, we sometimes forget to look outside of our own profession’s bubble for learning opportunities. Other fields have a lot to offer us and vice versa. I encourage all of you to attend a non-library training or conference if you get the chance. You’ll learn a LOT, plus, it’s a great chance to network and do some outreach and advocacy work. Earn the local conference badge for this one.
Know of any free or inexpensive learning opportunities in your area? Please share in the comments!