The winter 2013 issue of YALS is all about teens and tech. In her article on apps for teens on the autism spectrum, Renee McGrath, Manager of Youth Services for the Nassau Library System (Long Island, NY), writes about a variety of apps and covers apps helpful in organizing life, apps that aid in literacy and learning, and apps that are fun and relieve stress. Links to all of the apps discussed in the article are available below.
Social Skills and Apps for Daily Living
In her article on how New York City school librarians are connecting with teachers and students through the Common Core, Elizabeth Naylor-Gutierrez writes, “The adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) is a gift to school librarians — the CCLS emphasis on the process of learning aligns perfectly with the framework of information fluency skills that guides instruction in the library program.” She then goes on to outline how New York City school library staff are connecting with teachers and students through the Common Core. To support these connections the New York City Department of Education Office of Library Services developed a variety of tools. These can help others to move forward with the Common Core in their own school.
Soon YALSA members (and YALS subscribers) will see the winter issue of YALS in their mailboxes. The theme of the issue is teens & tech and it’s filled with articles on great ways to connect teens, libraries, and technology. For example:
- Teen Tech Week Chair, Clair Segal, writes about how even the most time and money strapped library staff can use smart phones and features phones to give teens opportunities to participate in 2013 Teen Tech Week with the theme Check In @ the library. (Don’t forget Teen Tech Week 2013 is March 10 – 16.)
- Teen librarians Erica Gauquier and Jessica Schneider describe their (and their teen’s) experiences with Minecraft and how teens are actively involved in planning and implementing Minecraft programs at the Darien (CT) Library. Continue reading
The fall issue of YALS has the theme of advocacy. Along with articles on a wide-range of advocacy topics there are also features on topics such as teen library spaces and 21st century trends.
In her article on 21st century trends, Sarah C. Malin looks at trends in education, social connections, and civic engagement and considers the role that libraries play in those areas. Those serving teens should be looking at what’s coming next in these areas in order to make sure they are ready to serve teens of tomorrow.
That looking forward can be hard to do. Here are some tips for staying on top of what’s next so you can be ready for what ifs:
The fall issue of YALS focuses on advocacy with four articles featuring helpful, hands-on tips for librarians who work with teens. On January 1st, 2013 why not make a resolution to make advocacy something you are active in throughout the year. Why not:
- Make a calendar of advocacy activities that you want to participate in? Write down an advocacy related activity for each week of the year or if that seems like too much to start with, make it one advocacy activity a month.
- Regularly talk with others about what they are doing to advocate for teen library services? You’ll get ideas on what you can do and maybe find out you are already advocating without even realizing it.
- Use social media – Twitter, Facebook, etc. – to help advocate for teen library services? Why not post at least once a week on your social media presence something about why what you do with teens in libraries is important to teens and the community? Use an advocacy hashtag, like #yaadvocacy, to help organize your posts. Continue reading