ALA’s Office of Information and Technology Policy is pleased to support the University of Maryland’s iSchool YX Graduate Certificate program as part of its Youth & Technology portfolio. We will be working closely with the YX partners to explore how the participating students’ work can augment our Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) initiative. Dr. Mega Subramaniam and Linda Braun, faculty in the YX Program are also RtC team members. Amanda Waugh is a doctoral candidate in the iSchool at the University of Maryland and contributed this post.
We are proud to announce the first cohort of YX Librarians for 2017-2018. The Youth Experience (YX) Certificate is an innovative graduate certificate in professional studies from one of the top library and information studies programs in the nation, University of Maryland. Working with partners, including both ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA), UMD’s iSchool will train this first cohort of youth service librarians to be leaders in harnessing technology, learning and assessment and design thinking. Through the generosity of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the 2017-2018 cohort is receiving substantial stipends to defray tuition.
This cohort includes 14 librarians from across the country, they serve babies through teens in urban and rural communities and have already shown themselves to be leaders in their field. They have received grants from the National Science Foundation, ALSC and Dollar General, been recognized as ALA emerging leaders, served on national awards committees like the Alex, Morris and Printz Awards and developed innovative programming in their libraries. To learn more about the cohort, see yx.umd.edu/2017-2018-cohort.
The YX Certificate will begin on May 24-25 with an on-campus orientation and attendance at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab’s Symposium, then continue for the next 12 months as the librarians take four online courses focusing on information studies and learning theory, technology and learning, design thinking and youth and developing and sustaining community partnerships. Throughout the program, the librarians will be working in their communities to apply the knowledge they are learning in class, both through programming and through publications and presentations.
For more information about the YX Certificate, see yx.umd.edu. The iSchool gratefully acknowledges the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the creation and continuation of the YX Certificate.