In just a few weeks the fall 2013 issue of YALS will land in YALSA member and YALS subscriber mailboxes. The theme of the issue is the future of libraries and teens. The focus coincides with YALSA’s year of research and analysis on the topic of teen services in the future and is a pre-cursor to the publication of the association’s white paper on that topic. In the issue you will find articles on:
- What library staff and advocates must focus on in order to achieve future success
- What connected learning is and what it means to libraries
- How educational trends will have an impact on school libraries
- What the future of LIS education needs to entail, encompass, and look like
- How backwards design and attention to outcomes-based assessment can propel teen services forward
- Building successful partnerships that support teen services and help the library to think differently about what they do and how they do it
That’s not all. The issue also includes articles on:
- How to use the YALSA Public Library Evaluation Tool to improve teen services
- How to diversify STEM related programs and services
- The best ways to market library services to teens
- What managing a teen services department and staff should look like for maximum high-quality service
There is a lot to think about when it comes to the future of libraries and teens and the fall issue of YALS will help you get started, or keep going. You can also keep up with YALSA’s IMLS funded project by visiting the project website and following the #yalsaforum hashtag on Twitter. A draft of the Future of Libraries and Teens white paper will be available for comment in mid-October.
Stay-tuned to this site for more in-depth previews of content coming up in the fall issue of YALS and for content that compliments what members and subscribers will find in that issue.