The Office of Library and Information Services supports and promotes library services to young adults by planning and coordinating monthly Young Adult Roundtable (YART) meetings at libraries throughout the state.
YART is a is a community of practice that welcomes YA librarians from public libraries, middle and high school librarians, and library school students concerned with all aspects of library service to young adults. YART collaborates to produce timely book and resource lists to support librarians and library staff serving teens.
Meetings focus on different genres or topics in YA literature, innovative programs and services, technology, marketing/public relations, and social issues affecting teenagers. Meeting topics for the year are determined at an organizational meeting held each June. Meetings are generally led by Rhode Island young adult librarians, but occasionally feature outside speakers from other youth-serving organizations in Rhode Island or national speakers.
The Office of Library and Information Services is one of five state library agencies selected to participate in the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) pilot cohort of Transforming Teen Services, Train the Trainer (TTT) project. Danielle Margarida, OLIS Youth Services Coordinator and Rebecca Ott, Teen Librarian, Tiverton (RI) Public Library, will represent Rhode Island in Chicago, IL, on October 7-9 when participants will be trained to design and facilitate training for library staff in their state.
Over a three-year period, the project will bring together state library agency youth consultants and frontline library staff from each U.S. state/territory for a robust training program that aims to help them build connected learning, computational thinking, cultural competence, and other skills so they can better serve and meet the learning needs of youth in their communities.
Participating in the pilot cohort of TTS will enable OLIS to further build out the skills of youth services librarians to ensure that CS and career readiness are being addressed in intentional ways in communities throughout Rhode Island. OLIS will ensure equal access to training by scheduling sessions across the state, creating in person and web based training, and integrating training with existing modes of professional development delivery such as the monthly Young Adult Round Table meetings.
The project is being implemented by YALSA in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
For more information about the project, including the project background and a full list of the pilot cohort, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/train-trainer-project.
Teen Summit is an annual event from the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) that brings together librarians who serve and work with teens for a day of keynote presentations and breakout sessions. Since 2013 MLS has invited OLIS and RI library staff to participate in Teen Summit as presenters and attendees. Materials related to Teen Summit, including recent and past presentations, can be found on the MLS Teen Summit LibGuide at http://guides.masslibsystem.org/youthservices/ts.
Materials such as book lists, resource lists, and handouts generated by the Young Adult Roundtable will be added to the YART LibGuide at https://olis-ri.libguides.com/yart. Please contact Danielle Margarida with questions related to the LibGuide or YART materials.
Membership in the Young Adult Round Table listserv is open to all RI library staff with an interest in teen services. To subscribe, please contact Danielle Margarida, OLIS Youth Services Coordinator.