As chair of the YALSA-TV Task Force I’m often asked, what exactly is YALSA-TV? A great question, and one that our task force is trying to answer. It’s our charge to present to the YALSA Board a fully-outlined proposal to create and facilitate a web-based, book-focused, video site for teens. Like YouTube, but all about books (for now, anyway!).
Right now, the idea is like Play-doh: we sculpt it into one form, then change it into another. Many factors will be determined by cost, ease of use, and appeal to teens. We are really excited about this venture and hope that you will be, too.
Some of the TV “channels” we’re toying with: sneak peeks of galleys from YALSA’s teen galley groups; booktalks; book trailers; and first-time authors. The more we can involve teens in our decision-making process, the better.
To that extent, we’re working on a survey that we’ll send to teens (with your help!). Their input will be invaluable to us, with questions ranging from “how do you find videos online?” to “what should we call this site?”.
While we’re working on the survey, we’d love to hear from you. What would you like to see in a book-based, video-sharing site? How could we meet the needs of teens in your community?
Thanks for the input, and look for that survey to be disseminated soon.