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Growing Up Is Hard: Library "Adulting" Programs Can Make It Easier
An Infopeople Online Learning Course
|Fee per learner||$200.00|
Course Instructor: Kimberli Buckley
Have you ever heard or used the term "adulting"? It's used to describe those things that grown-ups need to do…. like creating a budget, cooking meals, and paying taxes. When faced with life pressures and need-to-know skills (from money management to workforce know-how to running a household), some emerging adults find that they simply have no idea how to tackle some of these life challenges. It's no coincidence that library programs that teach adulting skills are on the rise!
- Are you interested in planning and coordinating an adulting program series in your community?
- Do you want to better understand the needs of emerging adults and opportunities for making a difference?
- Would you like to explore a wide variety of library programming examples, such as "Job Know-How", "Ironed Chef Cooking", and "Money Sense"?
Participants in this course will access techniques, resources, tools, and examples to help them create unique and innovative library adulting programs that meet the needs in their communities.
Course Description: At the completion of this course learners will be prepared to assess the need for adulting skills in their communities and to develop programming that addresses those needs. Participants will explore applicable skills and resources that can help to prepare students for adulthood and beyond. The focus will be on life skills that are not taught in elementary and secondary schools, but that are vital components that we all need to become both a successful and a well-balanced adult. Through course readings and activities, learners will discover how to coordinate, plan and present a successful adulting program and will use planning templates to help streamline the process.
Course Outline: When you log in to the Infopeople online learning site, you will see weekly modules with these topics:
- Week 1: Introduction to Adulting
- Describe traits and characteristics associated with emerging adulthood and identity formation
- Identify important life skills needed to succeed in adulthood
- Week 2: Life Skills Topics: The Big 3
- Week 3: Beyond the Big 3 & Partners
- Other adulting topics (beyond career, money, and cooking)
- Identifying partners for adulting programs
- Recruiting presenters for adulting programs
- Week 4: Promoting, Evaluating, and Sustaining
- Effectively promote library programs focused on adulting skills
- Evaluating adulting library programs
- Identify what is needed to create an adulting program that is sustainable
Time Required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 2 1/2 hours per week, for a total of ten course hours. Each week's module contains readings and various options for assignments and discussions. You can choose the options most relevant to your work and interests. Although you can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night, it is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
Who Should Take This Course: Library staff who plan (or would like to plan) programming related to life skills for emerging adults.
Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at: infopeople.org/training/online_learning_details.
After the official end date for the course, the instructor will be available for limited consultation and support for two more weeks, and the course material will stay up for an additional two weeks after that. These extra weeks give those who have fallen behind time to work independently to complete the course.
Are you a member of ARSL? If so, you may be able to sign up for a free seat in this course. Limit is four free seats per course. Make your request here and if a free seat is available you will be notified.