Professional Development

There has been some considerable discussion on the listservs about the lack of professional conferences for YA folks. Our state library association does a good job of bringing in people for the annual conference, but I wonder how many people know that YALSA is offering online PD?

There are other opportunities as well with organizations outside of ALA: SIGNAL (International Reading Associations YA group) and ALAN (National Council of Teachers of English YA group). ALAN does not require membership in NCTE nor does SIGNAL require IRA membership. ALAN folks can go to the workshop without registering for the larger and more expensive NCTE conference, too.

The PD page at YALSA has links and info about many of these PD opportunities.

Posted by Teri Lesesne

Join an onlne discussion about teaching YA literature

Shannan Sword, convenor of the Teaching YA Literature Discussion Group for YALSA, has formed a livejournal community open to all interested in joining. While the major thrust of the blog is to talk about issues related to teaching YA literature at the university level, anyone with an interest in YA literature is welcome.

Posted by Teri Lesesne

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?

Teens and Technology Institute Powerpoints

Posted by Linda W. Braun

In my post on the Institute I said I would upload the PowerPoint files from the presenters. I have some of them, and will post the rest when they arrive in my email box.

Frances Jacobson Harris – ethics
Robin Brenner – graphic novels
Beth Gallaway – gaming

At the end of their presentation, Robin Brenner and Beth Gallaway asked participants to come up with a new program based on what they heard during the day. The program ideas included:

  • Skokie pod people (a library podcast)
  • Forget the books srp (counting audio, podcasting, blogging, etc for
    “reading” credit)
  • podcasting
  • br;semtp[aom[paomb (just talked – didn’t formulate an idea)
  • 24 hours of gaming (marathon gaming session)
  • big screen game night
  • circulating games (collection development)
  • game tournament
  • share a media wiki (teens use wiki to make recommendations for
    purchase or to recommend podcasts, blogs, etc.

  • xbox and beyond – (teens sign a contract to waive liability and bring
    in games, consoles)
  • imix soundtrack to a book (using iTunes, create a playlist to set tone
    of a book)

To read more about the day and to get to the link to my presentation you can read the first post.