Teens & Social Media in School & Public Libraries: A Toolkit for Librarians & Library Workers and Social Media: A Guide for Teens have been updated by YALSA just in time for Teen Tech Week! They can be found on YALSA’s site in the Professional Development center under ‘Toolkits and Bibliographies’. The guides discuss topics in a straightforward manner that are important to libraries and teens using social media.
The guide for Librarians and Library Workers is a document about how social media facilitates learning. There are great examples of schools and libraries with links on how to further explore what was mentioned. Tying social media use into developmental assets is included. How to talk with legislators, educate the community and teens, and additional resources make up the rest of the guide. It’s a fantastic resource to use beyond Teen Tech Week and even just to gain some ideas on new ways you might think about social media at your library or school.
The guide for teens has added information on their digital footprint and how they can think about that in regards to putting appropriate information online. It’s a convenient guide you can easily hand out to a teen or leave for them to pick up in areas where they frequent at the library or community. It speaks directly to teens and helps them navigate through issues such as why adults might be nervous about social media and what teens can do about it.
Feel free to share your thoughts on how you are using these toolkits!