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.
- Nassau Library System (Long Island, NY) Manager of Youth Services Renee McGrath explains how apps support teens on the autism spectrum and includes a list of a variety of apps for teens with autism.
- Jamie Mayo from the Kansas City (MO) Library explains what’s going on with her library’s Learning Labs project and in particular what she and her project team have learned about teen spaces, the importance of teen mentors in library learning spaces, and collaboration and partnerships.
Those are just a few highlights of what the issue includes when it comes to teens & tech. But, that’s not all. You’ll also find articles on other topics such as:
- How the Common Core is helping New York City school library staff connect with the school community.
- The ways that library staff serving teens can use ALA Washington Office resources in order to advocate for library teen services.
- What YALSA”s National Forum on Libraries and Teens is all about and how you can get involved by participating in upcoming virtual town halls.
Plus – each week over the next several months this site we’ll add content that’s related to the articles in the winter 2013 issue of YALS. We’ll have resource lists and links connected to many of the articles. And, we’ll have extra content on a variety of teens & tech topics. Check back each Tuesday to see what’s new.