Sept. 5, 2018

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) has been selected to participate in the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach project. APLS is one of five state library agencies (SLAs) selected to participate in the pilot cohort of this project. Other state libraries participating in the project include Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

As part of the project, APLS will work with Lance Simpson with Tuscaloosa Public Library to develop and deliver computational thinking literacy continuing education (CE) to other library staff in Alabama, who will in turn provide programs and services for/with youth, especially underrepresented youth. The project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  “Being a part of this pilot project is exciting for APLS. It will not only help shape training for library staff serving teens in Alabama, but across the U.S. and its territories. The training we receive and help develop though an established community of practice will help library staff to better connect with teens, understand their needs , and especially help them achieve their hopes and dreams for the future,” said Gail Sheldon, APLS library consultant.

APLS will participate in a three-day training in Chicago Oct. 7-9, deliver a minimum of five trainings to library staff throughout the state, and take part in a virtual community of practice over the next three years. After the pilot year, the Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer project will train 55 SLA staff and 55 frontline library staff members. 

Learn more about the Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer project on YALSA’s website. To learn more about how APLS will be serving middle schoolers through this project, please contact Gail Sheldon at or 334-213-3953.


The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens especially those with the greatest needs on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or email: