YALSA’s National Forum on Teens and Libraries (Winter 2013)

YALSA National Forum on Libraries and Teens logoThe winter issue of YALS includes an article on the YALSA Forum on Teens and Libraries. At the time of the issue’s publication the summit, discussed in the article, was just taking place. The summit brought together a group of people from inside and outside of libraries to consider the future of libraries. Participants included library administrators, library staff working directly with teens, educators, publishers, members of the technology community, teen advocates, youth development experts, and more. (You can see the full list of participants.) It was an amazing group who spent two full days thinking about the world of teens and how libraries, and other youth serving organizations, can support those needs.

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What If? (Fall 2012 Issue)

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.

photo courtesy of Flickr user dan centuryIn 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:
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