Teens & Tech (Winter 2015)

winter 2015 YALS coverIf it hasn’t arrived already, the winter 2015 issue of YALS should be in YALSA member and YALS subscriber’s mailboxes any day now. The theme of the issue is Teens and Tech and covers a variety of topics related to this year’s Teen Tech Week. The issue also launches a new section of the journal titled #act4teens. The section focuses on the ways in which libraries, community partners, library schools and others are supporting the ideas of YALSA’s Future of Libraries for and with Teens: A Call to Action. Here’s a bit more about what’s inside the winter 2015 issue:

  • In the YALSA Perspectives section of the issue Katherine Trouern-Trend discusses the work of YALSA’s National Guidelines Oversight Committee and how the group is working to support members in putting the Guidelines into practice. Guidelines the Committee is working with include YALSA’s Space Planning Guidelines and the Public Library Evaluation Tool. Read the article to learn more about how you can use these to improve and/or enhance library service to teens in the community.
  • In the first #act4teens article, Rekha Kuver talks about the value of working with community partners in training library staff on working with teens. In her article, Kuver outlines a training on supporting the needs of homeless youth and how library staff, community partners, and homeless teens benefited from the training.
  • Readers learn about the ways that the Houston Public Library is connecting teens and tech as a part of their community engagement strategy. HPL Community Engagement Services takes tech on the road and provides a wide-variety of training to teens, youth, and families that supports digital literacy skills. Read about what is going on in Houston in Rachel Stout’s article titled, “Hand in Hand: Teens, Tech, and Community Engagement.”
  • Teen Tech Week Committee members Christie Gibrich and Jaina Lewis each wrote articles for the winter 2015 issue of YALS. Lewis tells how the Westport, CT Library supports teen digital literacy needs through robot building programming. Gibrich covers how it’s possible to make strong connections with teens through technology-based programs and services.

All this and more is in the winter 2015 issue of YALS. To learn more about Teen Tech Week visit the event site.

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