As mentioned in a previous post, the winter 2013 issue of YALS includes an article about the National Forum on Libraries and Teens that YALSA is sponsoring this year. The first part of the forum was a face-to-face summit that took place for two days just before ALA’s Midwinter Meetings for 2013. A small group of attendees were invited or accepted to that summit. But now, YALSA is sponsoring a series of virtual town halls to give more library staff and stakeholders the chance to talk about the future of teen library services.
The first virtual town hall is just a week away and will take place on March 19, from 2 to 3 PM eastern. The theme is partnerships and the conversation will focus on the following questions:
- Why are partnerships are important to library teen services
- What are the opportunities for library staff and stakeholders to support teens through partnerships?
- What do successful partnerships look like?
- What is required of libraries and stakeholders to move forward in partnerships in order to serve teens into the future?
Any library staff member with an interest in helping determine the future of library services to teens is welcome to attend the virtual town hall. Community stakeholders are also invited and library staff should feel free to invite others in their community to attend. This might include educators, staff of youth organizations, community leaders, business leaders, and so on. Bringing more voices into the conversation will help YALSA to determine what is needed for the future of teen services.
The virtual town halls will take place in YALSA’s Adobe Connect space. And those interested in attending the first event might want to prepare by reading a couple of articles on partnerships.