Quick update from Nashville and the YALSA Literature Institute while I am in between sessions. Last night at the Happy Hour hosted by Little Brown (and the ever charming Victoria Stapleton), the drinks (I stuck with Diet Coke) and the ARCs flowed. However, I elected not to join in the frenzy for the ARCs since I was fearful of losing a limb! There are going to be newbie librarians going back home having to pay horrendous fees for overweight luggage. Not me. I will wait until NCTE in San Antonio in just a few short days and pack them into the car for my drive home instead. Much cheaper, and more $$$ for margaritas. Continue reading

Not Going to Nashville?

One of my Twitter friends just sent out a tweet asking that those of us going to Nashville for YALSA’s first ever YA Literature Symposium, keep those who don’t have the opportunity to attend the chance to learn about the presentations, etc. When I read the tweet I realized we haven’t posted to the blog all the ways that we will be “broadcasting” from Nashville.

We are definitely going to help guarantee word gets out about all of that goes on at the YA Lit Symposium. We will:

  • Post text, video, and audio to this blog highlighting various programs and events.
  • Post audio and video interviews with presenters and attendees.
  • Write Twitter posts using the hashtag #yalsalit08. To see all of the Twitter posts with that tag just check out the Twemes page for those posts.

These broadcasts should help keep everyone in the loop about all of the great things that are sure to take place in Nashville.

Teen Tech Week Registration is Now Open!

Teen Tech Week may see like a long way away, but registration opened today.’  This is the newest national event initiative that YALSA is sponsoring, and so far, it has been a highly popular and successful event.’  Why register?’  Well, by registering, you are sharing that you support this event that helps libraries connect with teens through technology.’ ‘ Registering gives YALSA’ numbers, and numbers talk!’  The more people that register, the more that folks will take notice.’  It may also give YALSA an edge when it comes time to bid for funding increases from ALA and other fundraising resources.’  Last year 1500 libraries registered.’  We would like to increase that number.

Please take a moment and register today. Teen Tech Week will be from March 8-14, 2008.

Making News Social

Today is definitely a big news day in the United States. So big that there have been several articles and blog posts about how to keep up on election news and specifically live election coverage. (Check out one of the blog posts on the topic at NewTeeVee.)

As I’ve been thinking about how to consume the news today, I’ve also been thinking about how teens find out about news and how librarians might help them to be more successful at news gathering.’  What I’m realizing is that Social Median might be the perfect web 2.0 site to use for this purpose. Continue reading

Bunny Suicides Returned to Library

Taffey Anderson, the Oregon woman who had been refusing to return The Book of Bunny Suicides to her 13 year old son’s school library, has returned the book and softened her stance after the story provoked several negative editorials and blog posts. Anderson spoke to the American Libraries, telling them that the book was returned on October 24th. She was quoted as saying “I was talking completely out of anger,” and “I did apologize in the newspaper and should never have said that, but I don’t think it’s a book for school-age children.”

This is a great reminder that how we deal with an initial challenge can make a difference in the outcome. It can be tempting to dismiss challenges without really listening to the person’s real concern. Staying calm and courteous and practicing active listening can sometimes prevent a concern from becoming a public challenge. ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom offers a helpful guide to dealing with challenges.We all hope we never find ourselves in that situation but in case we do, it is important to be prepared.