The Afterschool Alliance just published a study regarding after school programs in the United States. This is the third study of its kind, following in the results from the 2004 and 2009 studies. The group wants to document where and how children spend their time between 3 and 6 PM. The previous studies, along with this one, show that there is a demand for after school programs. However, more programming is needed to help reach the approximately 11.3 million children who are unsupervised after school.
A short list of tweets from the past week of interest to teens and the library staff that work with them.
Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between September 12 – September 18 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.
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Today, the Pew Research Center released a new report titled “Younger Americans and Public Libraries: How those under 30 engage with libraries and think about libraries’ role in their lived and communities.” This report surveys younger Americans ages 16-29, which they found were three different generations, according to reading habits, library usage patterns, and attitudes about libraries. The youngest of the three generations is comprised of high schoolers (ages 16-17), the next generation is college-aged (18-24), and the third generation is 25-29. Library usage among these groups together is significantly higher than those of older generations with 50% reporting having used a library of bookmobile and 36% reporting having used a library website (this is up from 28% in 2012) within the previous 12 months.
A new survey from the Games and Learning Publishing Council sheds light on just how commonplace games have become in today’s classrooms. Among the findings:
- Among K-8 teachers surveyed who use digital games in teaching, 55% have students play games at least weekly
- 72% typically use a desktop or laptop computer for gaming
- Nearly half believe that low-performing students benefit the most from digital games
- Word of mouth is the biggest influence when selecting games
So what can librarians take away from this data? Read More →
The Information Policy & Access Center has released their findings from a 2013 Survey about Digital Inclusion.
You can read the full report online.
Digital Inclusion is more than Digital Literacy, focusing on not just access but supporting users to engage in digital communities. The report explored the roles of public libraries in four main areas: Read More →
A new report from America’s Promise Alliance finds that students who leave high school without graduating are often overwhelmed by a cluster of negative impacts of poverty. You can read the full 72 page report (pdf) online, but here are some highlights (if that’s even the right word) to note:
- Approximately 20 percent of young people (that’s about 800,000 per year) don’t graduate from high school
- Toxic home, school, or neighborhood environments–sources of violence, disrespect and adverse health–lead young people to stop going to school
- Connectedness to others can lead young people both toward and away from school
- Even young people who are able to “bounce back” from an interrupted education are often unable to re-engage in the longer-term
So what does all this mean for libraries?
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YALSA put out an extensive report on the future of library services (both public and school) for library teens as well as a summary report. After reading it, I knew this would make a perfect infographic to print and share or even send as a link to others who’d like this information. It’s important to know where library services should be going in the 21st century as teens and their culture, lifestyle and habits continue to change.
The link to the infographic is: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/1326505-yalsa-teen-and-library-report.
Submitted by Naomi Bates, Northwest High School Library, Justin, TX
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national organization of librarians, library workers, and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve, and empower teens.
- Currently appointing to new and newly revised member groups including the Future of Teens and Libraries Taskforce, Literacy Resources Taskforce, Advocacy Support Taskforce, YALSA Blog Advisory Board, and Selection and Award Evaluation Taskforce. Feel free to contact me with questions (email@example.com) and/or submit a volunteer form.
- With Executive Director Beth Yoke and the board, finalized agendas for Midwinter YALSA Executive Committee and Board meetings.
- Led discussions during three action-packed days of YALSA Board meetings. Draft minutes of those discussions can be found here. Read More →
A weekly short list of tweets that librarians and the teens that they serve may find interesting.
Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between January 10 and January 16 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.
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Today is the day, after a year of research and conversation, YALSA’s white paper on the future of libraries and teens is available. It’s a document for everyone to read, ponder, discuss, and gain inspiration from. In the approximately 18 minute Google Hangout below, YALSA President Elect, Chris Shoemaker, and I talk about the white paper, some of the pieces we think are interesting, surprising, and most important, and how YALSA plans to continue working to support and help library staff move into the future. The next step in that process is a webinar on January 16 at 2PM Eastern.
The publication of the white paper and the year-long research project was made possible through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. You can read more about the project on its website.