The YX certificate trained librarians to facilitate 21st century skill development among youth ages 0-18. At the completion of the online certificate, librarians were able to:

  • Facilitate learning with technology in any physical, virtual, or hybrid learning environment using tested skills and practices for different types of youth.
  • Methods for engaging youth as co-designers using the design thinking process.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues, concepts, and policies related to youth-led learning and programming through libraries.
  • Implement best practices to be inclusive of all youth’s needs, in particular youth from disadvantaged populations;
  • Apply core theories and models from information science and learning sciences to address needs of youth; and
  • Partner with other cultural institutions and community organizations to help with youth programming, education, and other projects related to youth development.

While this certificate program is no longer offered, the syllabi and content have been adopted by courses offered through our YX specialization in UMD’s MLIS program. 

Lead YX Faculty:

Associated Faculty:

  • Tamara Clegg (UMD)
  • Paul Jaeger (UMD)

Associate Students:

  • Amanda Waugh
  • Catherine Fravel

Courses Developed:

  • Facilitating Youth Learning in Informal and Formal Learning Environments Download
  • Design Thinking and Youth Download
  • Promoting Rich Learning with Technology Download
  • Capstone in Youth Experience Download