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YA - Why not!?

YA - Why not!?


The young adult age group (focussing on the teens in the 12-18 age range) can be a tricky one to attract and support; what is your library doing to meet the needs of this segment of your library's community?

This 3 week course will help you understand the issues and needs of your YA community and better equip you to deliver targeted library collections, programs and services.

This is a short three week professional development unit. You will receive a certificate of participation upon successfully completing this course.

If you are participating in the ALIA PD Scheme, you may claim 15 points for this activity in the Assessed Short Course category.


This course will examine ways to attract, engage and support young adults from your community.

You will specifically examine:

  • the library as a space for YAs
  • information for study and life skills
  • promotion of YA literature collections
  • YAs and technology – gaming, makerspaces
  • the design of stimulating and appealing programs


  • You work in a public library or a high school library and:
  • Are interested in developing a stronger connection to your libraries’ community.
  • Wish to improve your confidence with assisting these particular clients in your library.
  • Would like to increase your knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of young adults and their needs and how to address them.


Contact with facilitators will be through ONLINE forums on Moodle (the online Learning Management System used by Sydney TAFE for these courses).

Participants will connect with each other through forum discussions.

There are no specific times you need to be available.

The time investment required is approximately 4-5 hours per week, depending in the individual.

The course can be completed in 3 weeks but as it is developed to be self paced, it can be finished earlier or later depending on your learning styles and needs. If you wish to vary the usual time taken, please discuss this with your teacher.

No specific hardware and software – other than a computer with internet access – is required for this course.


Our training partner for this course is Sydney TAFE. Sydney TAFE is part one of the largest and most innovative education and training providers in Australia.

Each year, they help more than 70,000 students achieve their education, learning and work skills goals through 800 rewarding and exciting nationally recognised courses and training programs offered across seven Sydney Institute TAFE colleges, in the workplace, online and via distance learning.

More information

p. 1800 020 071

e. training@alia.org.au

N.B. To access the course at member prices please ensure you are logged in first. Institutions registering staff under the institution's ALIA membership should ensure those staff are listed under their membership before registering, or member pricing will not be applied to those individuals.(Go to My Profile/My Memberships/Members tab)

Cancellation Policy
Registrations up to 3 weeks prior = full refund
Registrations between 1-2 weeks prior = 50% refund
Registrations cancelled 1 week prior or later = no refund
Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (in the same registration category).

Contact training@alia.org.au for information.

Event details

Where: Online

When: 14 March - 3 April

Registrations Open: 8 Feb 17 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 2 Mar 17 11:59 PM

Cost: $270 members, $399 non-members

Register now and secure your attendance

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