Rethinking YALSA: What’s New in YALSA and How You Can Be a Part of It!

The YALSA Board has been hard at work throughout this year and last year looking at YALSA’s Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action report, association capacity and sustainability, and incorporating member and stakeholder feedback to re-envision the organization’s Strategic Plan to create an association that is more nimble, more modern and more reflective of the needs of teens and our members both today and into the future.

The result is YALSA’s new Organizational Plan!

Please check it out: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa/strategicplan

You can also find YALSA’s new Mission, Vision, and Impact Statements (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa/mission%26vision/yalsamission) and the Implementation Plan (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/ImplementationPlan.pdf)

Mission: Our mission is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.

Vision: Our vision is that all teens have access to quality library programs and services ‒ no matter where they occur ‒ that link them to resources, connected learning opportunities, coaching, and mentoring that are tailored to the unique circumstances of the community and that create new opportunities for all teens’ personal growth, academic success, and career development

Intended Impact Statement: To meaningfully address the challenges teens face today and to put more teens on the path to a successful and fulfilling life, YALSA will support library staff who work for and with teens in the transformation of teen library services so that:

  • Libraries reach out to and serve ALL teens in the community no matter what their backgrounds, interests, needs, or abilities, and whether or not they frequent the library space.
  • The library “space” is at once both physical and virtual. It connects teens to other people, printed materials, technology, and digital content, not limiting teens to a designated teen area but rather inviting them into the full scope of the library’s assets and offerings.
  • Teens co-create, co-evaluate, and co-evolve library programs and activities with library staff and skilled volunteers (including mentors and coaches) based on their passions and interests. These programs and activities are connected to teens’ personal, work, or academic interests across multiple literacies; generate measurable outcomes for teens’ skills and knowledge; and are tailored to the unique circumstances of the community.

To achieve this impact, the YALSA Board identified the following priority areas:

  • Leading the transformation of teen library services (including a cultural competency component)
  • Advocacy to policy makers at all levels to increase support for teen library services
  • Funder and partner development

We’re really excited about the new plan and our #TeensFirst focus and we want to know what your thoughts and/or questions are!

To that end, we’ve put together an Organizational Plan FAQ: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/organizational-plan-faq-2016-2018

YALSA President-Elect Sarah Hill and I are also hosting a virtual video townhall on Monday, June 13th, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern via Zoom.

And, if you’re attending ALA Annual in Orlando next month, we will also be hosting a face to face session on YALSA’s new Organizational Plan on Saturday, June 25th, from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Rosen Centre, Room Salon 03/04, called What’s New in YALSA and How You Can Be a Part of It!

If you have any other questions, comments, concerns and/or compliments, feel free to email me at candice. YALSA [at] gmail.com or reach me via Twitter @tinylibrarian! Hope to see you online and/or in person at our Townhall and at ALA Annual!

Secrets of the Orange County Convention Center and Surrounding Area

Conferences can be difficult to navigate.  Between arriving on time, knowing where to park, and finding a cup of coffee, one can easily miss that important session.  Don’t get lost trying to prepare for the day!  Here are a few tips to make your conference go smoother.

cup-of-coffee13There is a reason why all of the hotels around the convention center have coffee shops…the coffee offered in the convention center by the vendors, shall we say, leaves much to be desired.

Pro Tip:  Most hotels have K-cup coffee makers in room.  Bring your own K-cups and your own travel mug to make your morning coffee.

Desperate Measures:  Nearest Starbucks:  10725 International Drive #110

711-lunch-break-isolated-icon-on-light-brownLunch can be the most costly meal of the day if you are not careful.  Meals in the Convention Center Cafeteria are usually $20.00.  The vendors in the exhibit hall have a slightly lower price for a lunch plate, but remember it is fast food.

Pro Tip:  Purchase a ticket for one of the many author or other value added luncheons offered.  You will have a great meal and an experience.

Desperate Measures:  Option 1:  Remember, some of the vendors will be inviting you to a “lunch and learn”.  You will receive a free meal while you listen to their pitch.  Option2: Pack your own lunch. (Granola bar, trail mix, piece of fruit from breakfast.)  Option 3:  Optimize the snack breaks offered in the hall between sessions.

gasInternational Drive has numerous restaurants and attractions, but you won’t find a gas station.  Many folks find themselves on Sand Lake Road paying “tourist inflated” prices.  Don’t buy gasoline there.

Pro Tip:  Go to 7-Eleven @ 6026 Destination Parkway.  Grab a Big Gulp and a Lotto ticket while you fill up.

Desperate Measures:  Well, you did bring comfortable shoes, right?

parkingThe OCCC charges $15 per day for standard vehicles and $25 per day for oversized vehicles.

Pro Tip:  Arrive early as parking fills fast or leave car in hotel parking and take the ALA shuttle.

Desperate Measures:  If you are healthy, most hotels are within one mile of the convention center.  Watch for traffic and use the crosswalks.

drug-store-icon-vector-illustration-53855958Sunburned. Forgot your prescription.

Pro Tip:  Nearest drugstore: Walgreens @ 9858 International Drive

Desperate Measures:  Remember most hotels have a basic needs bodega or closet to assist their quests.  It never hurts to ask.

Vandy Pacetti-Donelson is a Library Media Specialist. She is a Florida Native, library advocate and Board Director for the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). Find her online at www.eliterateandlevelingup.com or follow her on Twitter @VandyPD.

 

Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, No Problem in Orlando

Orlando is a large city with many food options, but sometimes when we have special dietary requirements, finding good places to eat can be frustrating.  There is no shortage of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices here in Orlando.

Top Vegetarian Choices

Veggie Garden 1216 E Colonial Dr Ste 11, Orlando, Florida 32803 407-228-1740 Now Open: Mon-Thu 9:00am-8:00pm, Sat 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun 9:00am-8:00pm Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Take-out, Asian, Vietnamese Serves Vietnamese vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Menu features a signature soup broth which uses over eight kinds of fresh vegetables and fruit. Small and cozy, sit down for a quick bite or take food to-go. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

Dandelion Communitea Café 618 N Thornton Ave (at downtown), Orlando, Florida 32803 407-362-1864 Mon-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 11:00am-5:00pm Cuisine: Vegan-friendly Orlando vegetarian cafe and urban teas shop. Provides a friendly and relaxing environment. Find Sweet Tooth vegan goodies here. Moderate.

Woodlands Pure Veg 6040 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida 32809 407-854-3330 Call for hours – tell us Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Catering Vegetarian Indian restaurant features south Indian cuisine. Has a varied. daily lunch buffet. Food can be spicy. Simple decor. Open Tue-Sun lunch and dinner, closed Mon. Moderate.

Vegan Choices

Fresh 24 2816 Corrine Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803 407-897-1355 Mon-Sat 10:00am-6:00pm, Sun 11:00am-4:00pm A produce market selling only local farm fresh produce which arrives at the store within 24 hours of being picked. Daily produce arrivals include hydroponic, organic, and conventional farming.

Rhaphsodic Bakery 710 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803 407-704-8615 Mon-Thu 11:00am-7:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-8:00pm Vegan except for jars of honey, this bakery makes all-vegan desserts and baked goods and has a cold case with drinks, cakes, cookies, biscuits. Rotating local artwork displays. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards.

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Hands-On Science

Florida has many adventures for your budding scientist. Explore many hands-on experiences.  Do you have a budding astronaut at home?  Are you looking for Science experiences to bring back to your teachers?  Is science just “your thing”?  These local experiences will not disappointment.

Orlando Science Center

Orlando Science Center attracts nearly 400,000 visitors each year with dynamic and engaging content. The goal has always been to personalize the guest experience; demonstrating how science impacts everyday life. Structured programming ranges from on-site experiences that utilize exhibits, theatrical performances, classes, and events, to off-site educational programs in the schools.

www.osc.org

Open:  Thur – Tues 10am – 5pm, Closed Wed

Admission:  $19.95 Adult, $13.95 Child, Florida Teachers free with Valid credentials

Admission includes 4 floors of intereactive exhibit galleries, films in the Dr. Philips CineDome, Digital Adventure Theatre and Science Live!  Admission also includes one Hollywood Movie per visit.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is where you can see the largest rocket ever flown, touch a moon rock, meet an astronaut, and stand nose-to-nose with shuttle Atlantis all in the same day. Make it a more memorable experience by having lunch with an astronaut!

www.kennedyspacecenter.com

Open:  9am – 7 pm daily

Admission: Prices begin at $50 Adult, $40 Child.  Lunch with an Astronaut $29.99 Adult, $15.99 Child

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Public Library Association (PLA) Conference News-Teen Services

“Challenge yourself at #PLA2016 to be extraordinary because extraordinary libraries
create extraordinary communities.”  This was the theme for the bi-annual conference and it seemed to have genuinely expressed just that.

I began the conference by leading a preconference titled “Emerging Adults in Our Libraries: Who are They and Where do we Find Them?” and while the theme doesn’t specifically pertain to teen services I think a lot of teen librarians (and this was part of the impetus for the research for the presentation) will attest to the reality that this is something they see and think a lot about with serving teens; what happens to them in terms of services and programs after they “age out” of teen services?  This was a central focus of the research that myself and three other librarians embarked upon in 2015 by launching a nation wide survey into the work libraries are doing with and for emerging adults (ages 18-25/30).  The presentation at PLA introduced our research findings, had participants do an activity based on real life scenarios we heard from librarians with our research, participants shared out possible solutions and then an expert panel spoke about the work they are doing with emerging adults and their families as well.  Tomas Mejia, Director of Migrant Education at the Department of Education, Colorado, Clayton Gonzalez, Director of Programs, Urban Peak (a Denver, Colorado nonprofit that provides a full convergence of services for youth age 15 through 25 experiencing homelessness or at risk for becoming homeless) and Alberto Pellicer, Early Literacy Librarian, Denver Public Library.  A blog has been created that includes information from the preconference, articles about this population, outreach to this population, and opportunities for other librarians to share the work they are doing with this population.

The Bubbler @ Madison Public Libraries: A System-Wide Approach to Learning through Making was a great introduction into the work that Madison, Wisconsin Public Library is doing with and for peoples of all ages with technology programming, DIY programs, an artist in residence program and more.  The Bubbler is a program and not a specific space, the programs take place in the Central Library, the 7 branches, schools, juvenile justice centers and in the community.  There is a BIG focus on this kind of work with teens in schools, in the library and in the juvenile justice system and this is a library recognized effort.  Making Justice  is a community-based learning program for court-involved teens that includes weekly workshops and an artist-in-residence opportunity.  They are doing all kinds of programming opportunities for teens involved in the juvenile justice system with music programming, bringing in hand drawn animation stations and more.  The Bubbler is through an IMLS and NEA grants. Check out the Teen Bubbler site.

making justice

I visited the Denver Public Library and had a chance to see the Idea Lab in action during time for teens in the space; Monday through Friday 3:00-6:00 pm.  The SM Energy ideaLAB is a makerspace and digital media lab at the Central Library. With equipment and software, people can make videos, games, music, art, crafts, and more. The lab is free to anyone – no library card necessary!  Not too many barriers for teens to use the space in terms of not having a library card, no problem.

Sustainable Connected Learning for Youth focused on the initiative that the Cuyahoga County Library System has rolled out as a pilot in five locations with Connected Learning. The Information and Technology Department spearheaded this initiative by training staff in the focus areas of Connected Learning as well as provided ideas and worked with staff in identifying program ideas like STEAM programming, mentoring/social component and on the fly programming.

The article in School Library Journal in March 2016 introduced some of us to the work Denver Public Library is doing with asset mapping and I joined the session, Teen Asset Mapping: A Community Development Approach to Teen Services Expansion to learn more about what they are doing.  The Director of Denver Public Library and a staff consisting of librarians (one being the only Teen Librarian on the staff at DPL) and library associates worked tirelessly on this project beginning in 2013 with the idea that they weren’t providing teen services and wanted to but what would that look like in a city with a strong number of organizations that do provide teen services/programs.  The idea was to identify what the assets for teens are in Denver; this would be outside library organizations and find out what exactly they are doing with and for teens.  They developed questions and interviewed over 40 organizations and through the responses created a list of categories like juvenile justice system, teen parents, homeless youth, along with services/programs being provided.  What came out of the research was a better understanding of what services/programs there were in Denver and what services/programs weren’t being offered and what needs there may be.  The staff at DPL did an incredible amount of work on this and they are accessible; contact them through the link above as well as check out the resources they have available for more in depth information.

Registration for YALSA’s 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium now open

feature-slides-reg-openRegistration for YALSA’s 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium, which takes place Nov. 4-6 in Pittsburgh, is now open. Individuals can register for the symposium with early bird rates now through Sept. 15, 2016.

Early bird rates are as follows:

  • $199 YALSA Personal Member
  • $199 Pennsylvania Library Association Members
  • $199 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Members
  • $249 ALA Personal Member
  • $310 Nonmembers
  • $59 Students (enrolled full-time in a library program)

Register early to take advantage of up to $50 in savings. Registration includes:

  • Opening session and reception Friday evening
  • Educational programming Saturday and Sunday
  • Option to register for additional events
  • Access to a free webinar
  • Certificate of participation with your contact hours
  • Snack breaks Saturday and Sunday
  • Symposium tote bag

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Eco-Florida

Are you a nature-loving, trail riding, hiking adventure kind of traveler?  We have those eco-friendly experiences right here in Florida.  Make the most of your visit to Florida and enjoy some Florida eco-fun as well.

Forever Florida

Forever Florida is a unique eco-tourism attraction located in St. Cloud, Florida; just one hour southeast of Orlando. Departing from a picturesque Florida cattle and horse ranch, guest’s journey deep into the 4,700-acre Forever Florida Wildlife Conservation Area.  Enjoy a horseback, zipline, or coach safari. The profits from these adventures fund the Allen Broussard Conservancy that seeks to preserve Florida lands and species.

http://foreverflorida.com/

The Florida Trail

More than 1,000 miles of scenic trails traverse the state along The Florida Trail. The section of the trail that passes through central Florida and Kissimmee takes serious hikers into the heart of Florida’s cattle country and the Kissimmee River floodplain. Pick up the trail at one of 12 trailheads that access 100 miles of natural beauty. At Yates Marsh, stroll through pine forests and open prairie, thickets of palm and open cattle ranches. Hit the trail at the Chandler Slough trailhead and walk under a canopy of live oaks and weave in and out of wetlands. The trail also follows the route of the Kissimmee River and heads through the bird-rich Kissimmee Prairie and by numerous area lakes.

http://floridahikes.com/florida-trail

Gatorland

Alligator and crocodile park with free-fligh aviary, petting zoo, and animal shows.   Gatorland has the exciting “Trainer for a Day” experience where you can experience what it takes to be able to work with and around dangerous animals.

http://www.gatorland.com/

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Adventure Experiences in Florida, or You Did What! While You Were at Annual Conference

We may be librarians, but that doesn’t mean we spend all our time behind a circulation desk.  If you have a sense of adventure or a need for speed, maybe one of these activities are just ticket for a break from annual conference.

Indoor Trampolines –

*Rebounderz – Indoor Trampoline Arena

6725 South Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32819

http://rebounderzorlando.com/

Admission:  All Access Unlimited Pass $38.99 +Jumps Socks $2.75

 

*Airheads – Indoor Trampoline Arena

33 West Pineloch Ave., Orlando, FL 32806

http://www.airheadsusa.com/

Admission:  Unlimited Jumping: $19.95 + Grip Socks: $2.99                                                                                                                   

*Jumpers 2 & Under: 50% off Admissions – Not combinable with other existing deals

 

Indoor Sky Diving –

*IFLY Orlando — Experience true free fall conditions, just like skydiving, without having to jump out of an airplane. iFLY’s vertical wind tunnel creates a wall-to-wall cushion of air on which you can safely float. There’s no parachute, no jumping and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you and the air, and it’s the most incredible adrenaline rush.

6805 Visitors Circle, Orlando FL 32819

https://www.iflyworld.com/orlando/

Admission:  Price Packages, see website for details

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Get to Know the Real Orlando Area Neighborhoods and Haunts, Part 4

Orlando is a city of neighborhoods; each with their own distinct character and appeal.  To truly enjoy Orlando, venture off International Drive and explore the diversity of Orlando through its neighborhoods.

College Park

College Park, where many bungalow-lined streets (Harvard, Yale, Vassar, etc.) are named for famed institutions of higher learning. Ground zero for shopping, dining and nightlife is the intersection of Princeton and Edgewater – CP’s de facto “Main Street.”

Do

Truffles and Triffles—Take a cooking class.  http://trufflesandtrifles.com/

See

Jack Kerouac House—are you a budding writer and need to spend some focused time working on your craft.  Check out the Kerouac Project.  http://www.kerouacproject.org/

Shop

Dechoes Resale Emporium– this enterprise is upscale and filled with high-end merchandise. Filled with cardigans, funky knickknacks, vintage tees, granny dresses, shoes, hats, jewelry, and belts, this store is a treasure trove of style. You can also sell them your own things for cash, but note that their standards are very high.

Eat

Infusion Tea– Bright cafe & shop provides light vegetarian fare & a tea selection highlighting organic blends. http://www.infusionorlando.com/

Les Petit Pleasures—authentic French bakery, crepes, croissants, and café au lait.

The Soda Fountain– an old-fashioned soda fountain experience. They serve ice cream, shakes and malts. http://www.thesodafountain.com/

Drink

Ollie’s Public House— tattooed hipsters of varying generations happily share space with jersey-clad sports fans and young suburban parents with wee ones in tow, any of whom might be enjoying one of the televised games. Ollie’s is a clean, comfortable space, serving up a decidedly local’s-joint kind of vibe that’s offset by a simple but surprisingly creative roster of food and drink.  http://www.olliespublichouse.com/

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Get to Know the Real Orlando Area Neighborhoods and Haunts, Part 3

Orlando is a city of neighborhoods; each with their own distinct character and appeal.  To truly enjoy Orlando, venture off International Drive and explore the diversity of Orlando through its neighborhoods.

Mills 50

Centered on the intersection of Mills Avenue (SR 15) and Colonial Drive (SR 50) and affectionately called Little Saigon by locals.  Described as Orlando’s intersection of culture and creativity, this hipster hub fosters a mix of artists, restaurants, businesses, specialty shops, markets and bars. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see larger-than-life surrealist graffiti and murals covering walls, dumpsters and electric boxes.

Do

Dandelion Communitea Café– a vegetarian teahouse set in a historically refurbished and colorful, bungalow-style home. Check out the “Dandy” for nightly events and performances as well as monthly full- and new-moon parties and drum circles. http://dandelioncommunitea.com/

BART–A family-owned and operated beer bar, arcade and art gallery, BART is located in the heart of Orlando’s trendy Mills 50 district. A rotating variety of classic video arcade games are almost all free and include everything from Pac-Man to Frogger. The cozy storefront bar also features an impressive selection of craft beers and wine.  http://bartcade.com/

Eat

Hawker’s Asian Street Fare—Their motto is “Eat the Streets”, featuring Asian style street vendor fare without leaving the neighborhood.  http://eathawkers.com/

Mamak Asian Street Food– offers delicious dining, carryout and delivery to Orlando, FL. Mamak Asian Street Food is a cornerstone in the Orlando community and has been recognized for its outstanding Chinese cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. http://www.mamakasianorlando.com/

Pho88 –the signature dish is rice noodles in a savory soup served with paper-thin slices of beef that cook the moment they hit the broth, and it’s served with stalks of fresh cilantro, basil, lemon wedges and fresh bean sprouts. Be sure to get a creamy iced coffee for dessert.  Vietnamese Cuisine.  http://www.pho88orlando.com/

Little Saigon– Little Saigon Restaurant’s dishes are made from the best ingredients, freshest meats, and vegetables. They have a delicious selection of unforgettable Vietnamese dishes: rice vermicelli, popular pho (rice noodle soups), chicken with lemon grass, fish with ginger sauce, shrimp with tamarind sauce, and so much more! Vietnamese Cuisine.  http://www.littlesaigonrestaurant.com/

The Strand— The Strand was conceived as a small neighborhood restaurant featuring the “New Old,” contemporary interpretations of classic culinary fare. Seasonal dishes made from scratch, with daily Chef’s specials inspired by fresh ingredients. Craft beers and wines.  http://strandorlando.com/

Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa– a sleek, Latin/Caribbean-inspired place specializing in Barbacoa served in tacos or on rolls.  http://www.pigfloyds.com/

Anthony’s Pizza –preparing Italian cuisine with the finest meats and cheeses, freshest ingredients, specially prepared dough and homemade sauces. http://anthonyspizza.com/

Tako Cheena– a hipster dive serving a delicious fusion of Korean and Mexican flavors wrapped inside tortillas.   http://www.takocheenaorlando.com/

Bubbles and Ice– makes a huge range of sweet boba drinks (the bubbles are chewy rounds of tapioca), and shaved ice with exotic toppings such as sweet red bean, coconut or fresh tropical fruit.  https://www.facebook.com/bubblesandice

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