Happy Gaming @ Your Library Day!

Last minute ways to celebrate:

  • Host an improptu drop-in board game event – dig out checkers, chess, monopoly – set it up and leave it out for kids to play.
  • Pull together a short webliography of cheat code sites. Leave copies by your Internet computers, and post the links to your website.
  • Create a book display themed around video games – either titles based on or connected to games (Read the Book? Play the Game!) or focused on a specific title or series (If you like [game] you may enjoy these books).
  • Play Ticket to Ride‘  – your local toy or game store may have a copy!
  • Send photos of gaming events to the gaming@your library Flickr pool.
  • Listen to Episode 1 of the Games in Libraries podcast. An ALA member Initiative Group (MIG)’  for Games & Gaming in Libraries was approved at Midwinter and one of the organizers and charter members, Scott Nicholson, (Associate Professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies and program director for their LIS program), launched a podcast this week about Games in Libraries. It’s a monthly podcast where experts in different aspects of gaming and libraries present segments about different programs, gaming products, and other news from the gaming industry relevant to libraries.’  Voices include school and public libraries. New contributors are welcome. Listen to the latest episode or subscribe at http://gamesinlibraries.org. Episode discussion is taking place at http://gaming.ala.org/news

Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for 2009 Election

Posted on behalf of Michael Cart, YALSA Nominating Committee Chair: YALSA needs you! The Nominating Committee is seeking qualified candidates for a variety of 2009 offices & committees and urges interested YALSA members to submit the online nomination form available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/aboutyalsa/nominating.cfm. As the YALSA membership has grown dramatically, the Nominating Committee increasingly needs your input, time and talent and reminds members that self-nominations are welcome. Don’t be shy! The following positions will be filled: President-Elect (minimum of 2 candidates; 1 elected) Board Directors-at-Large (minimum of 4 candidates; 2 elected) 2011 Michael L Printz Committee (minimum of 8 candidates; 4 elected) 2011 Margaret A. Edwards Committee (minimum of 6 candidates; 3 elected) Division Councilor (minimum of 2 candidates, 1 elected) Terms for the President-Elect and Board Directors-at-Large will run from July 2009 thru June 2012. Terms for the award committees run approximately from July 2009 thru June 2011. The Nominating Committee is seeking nominees now through August 2008. Additional information and the nomination form can be found here: http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/YALSA_Election_Information#2009_Election Questions can be directed to Michael Cart at mrmcart@sbcglobal.net. Thanks for all that you do to ensure that teens have access to excellent library services and resources!

-Beth Yoke

Computers in Libraries, Part 1 — Mobile Trends, Marketing Using 2.0 Tools

I went to my first Computers in Libraries conference this week. It’s going to take more than one post to mention all the cool things I learned.

But first, let me say that CiL is a really fun conference. It felt a lot more low-key than ALA mid-winter to me; maybe that was because everyone who was there was pretty like-minded about technology and just excited to be talking about what’s new and innovative. Or maybe it was because I’m starting to feel less left out of things: I got to meet many friendly library professionals from all over the place. I’m definitely starting to feel like a genuine member of the greater library community (and I made some new Twitter friends).

CiL basically consists of three days of presentations, and each day is broken into five tracks. You can stick with the presentations in your track for the whole day, or you can bounce around, which is what I did. I tried to balance my schedule between sessions that I knew would apply specifically to my job and sessions that were about information that I thought I should know about as a new public librarian. For example, I attended “From WoePAC to WowPAC,” a double session on OPACs, since I know nothing about them beyond the very basics. I also tried to check out anything I could find about marketing, since that’s a major component of what I’ll be doing in building a new teen program from the ground up.

So here’s some information I got from some of the most useful and fascinating sessions.

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Where Multicultural and Multimedia Meet

A recent news article about how music venues have found success in including Latin music got me thinking about the importance of recognizing and promoting a variety of cultures through music. Music offers teens a forum for cultural exchange that they can feel on a fun and visceral level, whether it’s by Jay Z appearing in a Panjabi MC song

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Being Engaging

Over the past few weeks a couple of students tweeted about a video on Teacher Tube called Pay Attention. It’s a seemingly simple presentation that focuses on why educators need to actively integrate technology into teaching. With that focus, it’s really about engaging students of all ages in learning.

Engaging teens in library programs and services is something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. What does it take to engage 13 to 18 year olds so that they are interested in what librarians have to offer?
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Babbling about books is good, yes? e. lockhart has been discovered!

Okaaaaayy….since I’m bored and this is supposed to be a blog for a library and hence a library means books and I’m a teen and I read books why not babble on about new books/old books that I adore?

Right, done with the justification for random BLAH that suddenly is going to pop up on the blog.
boyfriend list coverthe boyfriend list by e. lockhart (LOLZ.), and the sequel

the boy book by e. lockhartthe boy book

These two (and possibly more) books document Ruby “Roo” Oliver’s unfortunate interactions and escapades with boys/guys/boyfriends/possible boyfriends/guys she’d love to have as boyfriends, and one “rebound” boyfriend (you know, the guy-you-go-out-with-for-one-date-because-your-boyfriend-just-broke-up-with-you dude.)

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Clouds To Improve Literacy

linda braun's tweetcloudOK, this is going to start out as another post about something related to Twitter. Bear with me and it will go beyond Twitter. I promise.

Recently I tested out tweetclouds, a web-based tool that allows anyone who uses Twitter to get a “cloud” of the words and phrases they most often use when tweeting. I discovered that my tweets often include the phrase really interesting and the words gr8, yay (in a variety of forms), and think.

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Making short video clips with Animoto.

Yesterday was the ceremony at Eye4You Alliance for the Tech Virtual Museum. We announced the winners of the best TSL Exhibit’  and we also reminded teens that there is still time to produce a video clip to submit to Museum for the June Exhibition in real life. I decided to take part in making a video to submit. I decided to do something different and use snapshots instead of using video.

A few days earlier I discovered the site Animoto where you upload your images to the site or you can download them from your flickr, facebook, myspace account as well as many more socal networking sites. (They offer a free plan with a limit of 30 seconds video or a paid plan for $3.00 USD per video or $30.00 USD a year for umlimted time.) You then sort the images in the order you want them. Once you have sorted them all out you can go ahead and add some free music available on the Animoto site,’  or if you have your own you can upload that.

Once you’ve added your music you give it a title and a description and Animoto does all the animating for you. Once its renderd you will be able to download the video in .mp4 format for you to upload to other sites and share. You can see my first video I made at http://eye4youalliance.youthtech.info/?p=646

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The Epic Report on Eye4You Alliance

Well, Its been a while since myself or Kelly Czarnecki blogged for YALSA about Eye4You Alliance. Over the last few weeks, Teen Second Life Resident Bubby Boucher has been hosting short interviews with Zombie Pye the FurNation Teen Grid (TG) founder and other TG Residents. Eye4You Alliance provides the land to The Epic Report and helps with the publishing. The shows where filmed and edited by the Teen Second Life Approved Adult and Eye4You Alliance educator Majenna Jewel. We have three episodes online and are waiting to do more. The shows are around 3-5 minutes long and are available on Blip.tv and iTunes.

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Please leave feedback and check our blog for more all the up to date news on Eye4You Alliance Island – http://eye4youalliance.info/

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My ears are burning…

The Amazing Audiobook committee is still getting into the swing of things. I have just received our very first Listening Library box and the audiobooks are amazing. We got A Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray and Runemarks by Joanne Harris, two fantasy titles I have wanted to read. A Sweet Far Thing is book three in the series by Libba Bray and series titles are sometimes a quandary for us. I haven’t read or listened to A Great and Terrible Beauty or Rebel Angels, can I just jump in on the third title in a series? This is one of the many questions we have to ask ourselves with every title we listen too. Look for nominations soon from this excellent batch of titles.

In the meantime, check out the ones we have already nominated.

This year we have already nominated more titles than at the same time last year. We also already got one field nomination. We really appreciate those, because we can’t catch everything that is put out. I strongly encourage anyone who listens to something spectacular to do a field nomination.

Keep listening!

Nichole King
Amazing Audiobooks Committee