At this time of year I always think, How can Midwinter already be here? Of course it is a bit earlier than usual this year, but still, how can Midwinter already be here? I’m actually going to ALISE which means I’m leaving in less than a week. Oh my gosh.
That’s enough about how soon I’m leaving. There are lots of things that I’m looking forward to at Midwinter 2011 and I hope to see some YALSA Blog readers at various events, meetings, and so on. (By the way, don’t forget that you can keep up with YALSA at Midwinter even if you aren’t going to be there. Follow the hashtags #yalsa and #alamw11 on Twitter and make sure to check-out the recap on Paper.li every day during Midwinter.)
As the YALSA Past President I’ll be spending time in a variety of meetings, including YALSA Board meetings. Don’t forget that YALSA’s Board meetings are open and that means you can attend. Read President Kim Patton’s recent post on what the Board has coming up for vote and discussion this Midwinter. Why not find a time to sit in for at least a little while to see how the association works? It is a great way to learn what’s going on and to get more involved.
Before I focus on some of the events and meetings at Midwinter that I’m looking forward to (outside of Board meetings that is), I have to mention one event that I’m unfortunately not going to see take place live. It’s something I’m definitely looking forward to seeing after the fact. I’m going to be on a plane on Tuesday morning, January 11, when the Today show is scheduled to have a segment on the Youth Media Awards, but when I get off that plane I’m going to make sure to check out the clip. YALSA Past President, Sarah Debraski, will be on the show to talk about the Awards and the winners. If you are in New York City you might want to cheer Sarah on outside of the Today show studios at Rockefeller Plaza. If not, make sure to check-out the segment either live or when it’s available on the Today show site. (We’ll be sure to link to it here on the blog.) (more…)
Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
(Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later)
To best describe Instagram to librarians: It’s like Twitter with pictures.
To best describe Instagram to teens: It’s an app where you can share photos with your friends and it has all these cool filters.
Instagram is a photo sharing app, self-described as “fast, beautiful and fun”. It has feeds like many social media sites. You take pictures, add filters, update your feed, and then look at what other people are posting. You can choose to follow other users and see their updates whenever they post a new picture. You can also easily share your Instagram photos with other sites. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Posterous, Tumblr and Foursquare are the sharing options offered.
The interface is quite clean and self-explanatory. It looks like this:
There’s still time to apply for this year’s TTW mini grants! The submission deadline is January 3, 2011 so hurry and submit your application materials.
What you win:
Four-hundred and fifty dollars to be used to implement a teen reading program that uses technology during TTW 2011. The 10 grant recipients will also be awarded $50 worth of official TTW promotional materials.
Who can apply:
All personal members of YALSA.
How to apply:
Read the guidelines on the YALSA website and then download the application and follow the submission instructions.
The winners will be announced the week of February 7th. Good luck!
Make sure you check out the 2011 TTW website for professional resources and program ideas.