Blog It!

Posted by Meg Canada
I plan to submit Blog It, the summer program I offered at the Hennepin County Library to Get Connected: 50 Tech Programs for Teens, but the fabulous Linda Braun has also posted the handouts we used to share with you. The class uses Blogger.com to create their own blogs. This is a great opportunity to discuss safety, ethics, and appropriateness online. Kudos to YALSA member Christy Mulligan who originally put this together. I have now offered a train-the-trainer class to an additional twenty-seven HCL staffers to offer during Teen Read Month (yes, we celebrate the whole month) or Teen Technology Week. If you have any questions feel free to drop me a line.

Thoughts on Facebook (applies to much of social software)

Posted by: Meg Canada

This is a concise, well-written essay and should apply to most social software applications. Found via a colleague with whom I share an office cube:

Five things to think about when using Facebook
From Tracy Mitrano, Director of IT Policy and Computer Policy & Law Program, Cornell University, April, 2006

“This essay offers some things to contemplate when using Facebook, all of which can be summed up easily in a “Golden Rule.” Don’t say anything about someone else that you would not want said about yourself. And be gentle with yourself too! What might seem fun or spontaneous at 18, given caching technologies, might prove to be a liability to an on-going sense of your identity over the longer course of history. Have fun and make productive use of these new, exciting technologies, but remember that technology does not absolve one of responsibility. Behind every device, behind every new program, behind every technology is a law, a social norm, a business practice that warrants thoughtful consideration.”

Changed Priorities Ahead (Stephen Abram’s session revisited)

Beth did such a great job synthesizing, and I will add my thoughts.
As an HCL person, look back for a post on how to pimp your MySpace. Also the handout the YALSA committee created is here.

Abram asserts that we need to create experiences for millennials (like Kelly’s ImaginOn animation studio)! “Kids are prepared; service providers aren’t.” How do you deliver information to millennials’ “point of need”? Look at Thomas Ford Memorial Library’s IM Reference service which now drives their statistics.

If you missed the session, here is a video of Stephen Abram in Minnesota this spring. Well worth the time to watch.

Meg Canada

New Orleans Conference Savoir faire

Stephen Abram,VP for Innovation at SirsiDynix, has offered some fantastic conference tips on his blog Stephen’s Lighthouse.
Some of the tips I found invaluable for conference planning:

  • Make your most ambitious schedule in advance allowing for alternatives if you have more or less time
  • Remember your business cards (make some if you don’t have any)
  • Wear comfortable shoes (I actually trashed a pair of shoes in San Antonio and bought a new pair!)

Come hear Stephen speak as a guest of YALSA’s Technology for YA’s committee. Don’t miss “The Kids are Alright! Millennials and their Information Behaviors” on Sunday morning June 25, 2006 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM at the Morial Convention Center room: Rm. 283-85.

Meg Canada

YALSA New Orleans Update

Posted by Meg Canada
I promised a follow-up from the Midwinter All-Committee Meeting. Here are Terry Young’s Updates from the Local Arrangements Committee Chair for our 2006 Annual Meeting.

What can you expect to find in New Orleans for ALA annual?

Well, I can guarantee: heat, humidity, sex, and alcohol will be as plentiful as ever.

As of today it’s only been 3.5 months since power was restored and there has been a lot of progress. Most of the major hotels are open. Now this is a plus because if they suffered damage due to water or looting or broken windows…well, you will have new carpets, furniture, mattresses, etc.

The areas of the city that are used by tourists and convention goers: the French Quarter, downtown CBD, and the convention center area were not flooded. Katrina evacuees who sought shelter in the convention center were in halls A and B (totally refurbished), ALA will be using Halls F, G, H, I, and J.

The streetcars are running on the riverfront and Canal St…but sadly not St Charles avenue (buses only) as the overhead lines were destroyed.

The riverboat Natchez is up and running. Harrah’s Casino opens February 17th…and you know they wouldn’t open unless they could make money!!

Check to see if your favorite restaurant is open:
01/27/06) The Dept of Health and Hospitals has given us new recertification lists for businesses that sell food in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. As per these latest numbers, 60% of Jefferson Parish retail food establishments, 24% for Orleans Parish, and 35% total metro establishments have been recertified to open.
Click here for an updated list for Orleans Parish East Bank. (01/25)
Click here for an updated list for Orleans Parish West Bank. (01/25)
Click here for an updated list of Jefferson Parish East Bank. (01/25)
Click here for an updated list of Jefferson Parish West Bank. (01/25)

What can you expect: the city operates at a slower pace…you may have to carry your luggage to your room, room service has very limited hours, most restaurants have shorter hours and in some cases limited menus. The problem is lack of workers. So with a little patience all will be fine. You have to remember that there is still 5 months until conference, and more and more is happening everyday. The convention business resumes in April 2006 and the Jazz & Heritage Festival will continue.

Be sure to check out ALA FAQ’s for New Orleans at:
http://www.ala.org/ala/eventsandconferencesb/annual/2006a/nofaq.htm
Come come on down…you’ll love New Orleans…and she’ll love you right back!

Terry Young
Bourbon St. resident in the French Quarter
YALSA Local Arrangements Chair

Tracking Teen Trends

Posted by Meg Canada

How do you track what’s hot for the 12-18 set?

Ypulse offers a daily e-mail update that, “provides daily news & commentary about Generation Y for media and marketing professionals.”

The SafeKids/NetFamily Newsletter may also inform your reading of teens and tweens use of technology.

Finally on my list of regular professional reading is Pop Candy which comments on pop culture and what the cool kids are doing.

Do you have additional sources for teen research?

All Committee Meeting

Posted by Meg Canada

The All Committee Meeting was aflutter with activity. Among the many important announcements and introductions, Terry Young, a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the Annual Meeting in New Orleans gave us an update on conventions in the city. He is sending his comments to be posted here- so stay tuned! Terry encoraged everyone to register and book hotels as soon as possible.

Pam Holley shared highlights of the year including the fact that YALSA is the fastest growing division in ALA. with over 5,000 members! Want to get involved or stay involved? Don’t forget to fill out the Committee Volunteer Form.

All-Committee Meeting Agenda

Posted by Meg Canada

Wondering what is happening during the All-Committee Meeting? Here is a first look at the agenda:

ALL COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA
For YALSA Committee Members

2006 Midwinter Meeting, San Antonio

Saturday January 21st, 9:30am — 12:30 am

Marriott Rivercenter (MAR) Salon E

9:30 — 10:00: Continental breakfast sponsored by Listening Library.
Have a bite to eat and mingle with your fellow YALSA members!

10:00: Meeting Begins.

1. Welcome, Introductions & YALSA Highlights– Pam Spencer Holley, President

2. Board Liaison Introductions — Christine Allen, YALSA Councilor

3. YALSA Nominating Committee Message — Jennifer Hubert, Chair

4. Committee Appointment Process — Judy Nelson, President-Elect

5. YALSA’s 50th Anniversary Taskforce — Mary Arnold, Co-Chair

6. Marketing Your Committee’s Accomplishments — Beth Yoke

7. YALSA Periodicals –

  • YAttitudes: Amy Alessio, Editor
  • Young Adult Library Services: Valerie Ott, Editor

8. Building YALSA’s Assets — Amy Alessio, Fiscal Officer

9. Questions and Answers — David Mowery, Immediate Past President

10. Breakout into Committee Work Sessions

Teens’ Perceptions of Technology

A new Lemelson-MIT program, compares the beliefs of teens and adults of how technology will shape the future with an invention index. Many teens believe that technology will solve a range of the world’s problems including famine and pollution. Still only fourteen percent of the students in the study named technology as their primary interest in a career. With Arts and Medicine listed as their top choices, I sincerely doubt these teens will not have a technology-emphasis in their career choices.