August 22, 2014

“Cultural Competence” Is Essential to Serve Teens

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With a society that’s growing increasingly diverse, librarians should proactively integrate cultural aspects of “diverse linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic groups” into programs and services.

Teen Conducts Her Own Study on Screen Time’s Effect

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Seventeen-year old Zarin Rahman suspected that the time she spent staring at screens was affecting her mood and school work. So the 12th grader at Brookings (SD) High School decided to conduct her own study.

YALSA Updates Teen Book Finder App with 2013 Titles

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The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has just launched an updated version of its free Teen Book Finder app—which debuted in June, 2012—to include all of the books the association honored in 2013. The first of its kind, Teen Book Finder gives teens, librarians, parents, and young adult literature aficionados access to YALSA’s recommended reading and award-winning titles from the past three years.

Using Social Media to Engage Teens in the Library

“Brother Mike” Hawkins (at left) and YOUmedia’s Spoken Word team at the “Louder Than a Bomb” poetry competition in Chicago, March 2013.
Photo courtesy of “Brother Mike” Hawkins.

Ideas about social media, teens, and the future of libraries were shared in a dynamic online exchange sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Connected Learning.

Connecting the Plots: Figment is turning teenage angst into published prose

Illustration by James Steinbery for SLJ feature article "Connecting the Plots".

The hot online writing community is engaging kids and educators alike, librarians, too. SLJ’s feature includes tips on how to use Figment in school.

Putting Tech into Teen Spaces

The teen room at Waupaca (WI) Public Library.

Guidelines from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) address media literacy, low-cost options for serving kids.

Study: Young People of All Races Are Politically Active Online

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A large segment of today’s youth, regardless of race or ethnic group, now actively exercise their political muscle online, says a new study from the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics.

Why I’m Taking My Fourth Grader to See ‘The Hunger Games’

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Lauren Barack, a regular contributor to the Digital Shift, writes this time as a mother.

Library Project a Winner in Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition

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A YALSA proposal to reenvision libraries and serve youth has been tapped for funding in the fourth Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition.

YALSA App ‘First of Its Kind’ for Discovering Teen Books

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The Teen Book Finder app lets users discover titles from the past three years of YALSA’s lists and awards, all from their smartphones.