When YALSA members (and YALS subscriber) open up their mailboxes in mid-January they will find the winter issue of YALS. And, even though the issue won’t be in mailboxes for a few more weeks, it’s definitely time to let you know what’s going to be worth reading in the issue.
The winter 2014 YALS theme is Teens, Tech, and Learning (just in time to help you get ready for Teen Tech Week (TTW) 2014: March 9 – 15):
- The theme for TTW 2014 is DIY @ your library and TTW Committee members Carla Avitabile and Christie Gilbrich write about a host of ways to celebrate the week with teens at your library. All of the ideas give those working with teens the chance to have teens participate in planning TTW programs. They also connect DIY ideas to learning. For example, building a makerspace and maker projects with and for teens gives everyone the opportunity to gain critical thinking skills, problem solving and troubleshooting skills, as well as skills related to STEAM topics.
- Tiffany Williams, another TTW 2014 Committee member, writes about the value of integrating technology in library programs and services for teens. She discusses the digital divide that separates those who have tech skills from those that don’t, and the library’s key role in helping to bridge this divide so that teens are able to succeed in academic and career pursuits.
- Jennifer, Larson, the youth services department manager at St. Paul Public Library, gives winter 2014 YALS readers an inside look at building a learning labs project in her community and the benefits of partnering with the Parks and Recreation Department in order to support teens and provide services they want and need.
- Jess Klein and Sarah Ludwig tell two different personal stories in this issue. Jess, the Open Badges Project Lead at Mozilla writes about her experience helping her home-town community, Rockaway Beach, New York, following Hurricane Sandy. Jess’ support came in the form of connecting people through the web and her experience provides insights into teen community building and teen webmaking. In her article, Serving All Teens, Sarah talks about the value of working with teens that might not seem to need library services – teens from upper income families and/or those going to private schools. She tells of her own need to come to terms with serving teens in these environments and how important it is to recognize that all teens do need libraries.
- Maybe you’ve thought about how library mobile services are changing and how new technologies are making it possible to take the traditional bookmobile into new directions. In her article, Angela Rovatti-Leonard, proposes a Mobile LAM (Library, Archive, Museum) that would make it possible to bring tools, technology, and resources to teens from these three institutions all in one vehicle. And, provide learning experiences, connections to experts, and materials at the same time.
But that’s not all…. The issue also includes articles on badges and why they are a valuable part of education and professional development, on research on teens and technology, and on the ALA Library Leadership Institute.
Over the next several weeks members of the YALS Editorial Advisory Board will provide some more sneak peaks at what’s coming in the winter 2014 issue of YALS. Stay tuned. And, don’t forget to register for TTW 2014.