July 30, 2014

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

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The effects of screen time on little ones, the integration of technology with library programming – these are some of the issues now facing the profession. It’s time to break down divisional silos, according to Christopher Harris, and work together to ensure libraries’ effectiveness in serving kids and teens.

Teen Tech Week 2014: Computer Tear Downs, Skyping, and Raspberry Pis

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Maker spaces, robot construction, and computer tear-downs will figure prominently in librarians’ Teen Tech Week lineups this year, taking place from March 9 through 15.

“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.

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.

Choices, Choices… For the Tech-Minded, ISTE May Be More Useful Than ALA

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ALA is the most obvious go-to conference, but for the tech-minded, ISTE may be more useful. School Library Journal contributor Sarah Bayliss examines the options.

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.
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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.

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.

Teen Book Finder App now Available in the App Store

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The ‘first of its kind’ app enables users to discover titles from the lists and awards of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Top Tech Trends for Teens

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Educational consultant Linda W. Braun cites the hottest applications and how to use them to engage teens.

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.