One of the exciting aspects of the YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium is that on the first day – this year Friday, November 1 – there is the opportunity to attend Symposium preconferences and delve a little more deeply into a teen services topic. This year there are two preconferences – an AM and a PM – and each focuses on connecting teens to opportunities to build skills and make a difference in their communities.
Check out the videos below to learn more about the preconferences.
The morning preconference is on Teens, Libraries, and Civic Engagement. At the session, participants learn how to engage teens in civic engagement activities, create sustaining partnerships and collaborations for civic engagement, and discover how to host a civic discussion or program. Library staff from the Los Angeles Public Library, working on the Teens Leading Change initiative, and staff from the San Jose Public Library Teen HQ, along with members of the YALSA 22×20 campaign task force will facilitate.
The afternoon preconference is titled Literacies They Didn’t Teach You in Library School. In this highly participatory session, two IMLS project recipients, Rachel Magee (iSchool at Illinois) and Kristin Fontichiaro (University of Michigan School of Information) lead participants through hands-on activities and conversation focused on supporting youth library staff, and the teens they work with, in development of research and data literacies (which are connected to teens’ own lives and interests) that lead to future academic, civic, and personal success.
Register for the preconferences and the YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium on the YALSA website.