University of Wisconsin–Madison

Teens in the Library

You’ve got teens in the library–now what? Or maybe you’d like to have more teens in the library, so how exactly do you do that? This course will help provide library staff with a foundation upon which they can build successful service to teens in their community through programming, attractive space for teens in their library, teen collections, and outreach and community partnerships. Learn to create opportunities for teens to become happy, healthy, and successful adults. Class discussions will address how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected teen services, as well as strategies for success moving forward.

At a glance

When: Jan 31 – Mar 13, 2022

Where: Online

Cost: $250 (register 2 weeks early for 10% off)

CE Credit: 2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

Program: 306122

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

Due to remote work continuing into the Fall, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

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Course details


  • Adolescent development
  • Programming for and with teens
  • Creating teen spaces
  • Managing teen spaces and setting staff expectations of service
  • Building and maintaining teen collections
  • Outreach & creating community relationships


Each week learners will be required to review resources, listen to/read lectures and participate in online discussion. There will be a final project for this course that learners could ideally implement immediately in their library. This course is designed for learners who currently work with teens in a library and who would like to work more closely with them and the coursework will reflect this with its practicality, relevance and time requirements.


Linda Jerome is the teen librarian at La Crosse (WI) Public Library and earned her MLIS from UW-Milwaukee in 2010. She has worked with teens for 20+ years and is a passionate advocate for all teens and strives to collaborate within her community to create opportunities for teens to become happy, healthy and successful adults.