Explore Libraries at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference: The New Orleans Public Library Main Library and Best Buy Teen Tech Center

The New Orleans Public Library Main Library, located in the Central Business District at 219 Loyola Avenue, is worth a visit during your conference down time. This mid-century modern library opened in 1958 and was designed by Curtis and Davis Architects and Engineers, the same firm that designed the Superdome. The first floor houses the adult collections and computers, and just received a facelift. The second floor houses the library’s youth services division and the brand new Best Buy Teen Tech Center. The third floor holds the city archives and special collections.

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center is funded by Best Buy and the Clubhouse Network, a collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. By design, Best Buy Teen Tech Centers foster interest based-learning using new technology with the support from peer and adult mentors. Here, teens in New Orleans can develop their digital media and maker skills in music production, video production, graphic design, and more. The space will contain Macs and PCs, Adobe Creative Cloud, a music studio, drawing tablets, a 3D printer, green screen capabilities, an HTC VIVE Virtual Reality System, and more.

While there is a formal tour set via a LLAMA ticketed event for Friday, June 22, people with questions or those interested in visiting the Best Buy Teen Tech Center can contact the staff at bbttc@nolalibrary.org

Getting There:

The Main Library is easily accessible from the New Orleans Ernest M. Moral Convention Center with many options to choose from. The 16 and 22 buses offer an air conditioned ride with a fair of $1.25 in exact change each way. The Main Library is also a 1.3 mile walk or a quick Lyft, Uber, or taxi ride. Lastly, some of the ALA shuttles are likely to get you close enough for free with just a short walk.

Adrienne L. Strock is a member of the YALSA Local Arrangements Committee for ALA Annual 2018 and works for the New Orleans Public Library.

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff Webinar: Learning Environments

cover of the teen services competencies for library staffEach month, through December, YALSA is sponsoring free webinars (for members and non-members) on topics related to the Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff.

The May webinar (the full video recording is available after the break), facilitated by Yvette Garcia from the Chicago Public Library, covered the topic Learning Environments. In her discussion Yvette talked with participants about the staff, policies, and space needed in order to provide quality learning opportunities for and with teens.

YALSA will host a follow-up Twitter chat on youth development on Thursday, May 24, at 7PM Eastern. Use the hashtag #yalsace to participate.
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Book Buzz at ALA Annual 2018

Join us for Book Buzz before this year’s annual conference!

What: Book Buzz at the New Orleans Public Library

Where: Main Library, 219 Loyola Avenue

When: Thursday, June 21, 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Schedule:

8:00-9:00 Registration/Networking

9:00 – 12:30 Children’s Presentations

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch provided by Publishers

1:30 – 4:30 Adult Presentations

Why?: Find out about new and forthcoming titles for your library, and get advanced reader copies and marketing materials from more than 30 publishers!

The New Orleans Public Library will host Book Buzz as part of this year’s pre-conference festivities. More than 30 publishers will present new and forthcoming titles for you to add to your reader’s advisory toolkits. The morning session will include children’s and young adult presentations, while the afternoon session will focus on adult materials. The publishers will provide lunch.

This event is free and open to librarians. You do not need to be registered for ALA to attend Book Buzz. Because space is limited, registration for Book Buzz is required. Please register through Eventbrite at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-buzz-tickets-45734784973.

For more information about the New Orleans Public Library, visit www.nolalibrary.org.

  

New and prospective YALSA members: start your conference with YALSA 101!

Are you a new or prospective member of the Young Adult Library Services Association? Do you want to learn more about the programs, services, and opportunities that YALSA has to offer? This session is for you! Attend YALSA 101 on Friday, June 22 from 2:30-3:30 pm.

During this “speed-dating style” session, attendees will rotate tables and learn from experienced YALSA members about topics including:

  • making the most of your conference experience
  • applying for awards, grants, scholarships, and stipends
  • getting involved: award committees, strategic work, taskforces, juries, interest groups
  • creating content for YALSA: Programming HQ, YALSA Blog, Hub, Research Journal, and YALS

We will also have prize drawings throughout the session. Kick off your conference experience by networking with YALSA members and learn how the organization can help you!

Five Amazing (and really critical!) reasons for Running for a YALSA Office and Serving on the YALSA Board!

We are just about a month away from ALA Annual and I’m looking forward to catching up with YALSA friends. Recently I was asked why I served on the YALSA Board and what was in it for me. My answer could be a short novel! However, to keep it brief here are my top reasons for serving on the YALSA Board and running for a YALSA office.

1)       It is a great opportunity to develop and cultivate new leadership skills in a very supportive and terrific environment.

2)      It is a great way to get involved while expanding your knowledge of team building, board development and more that is practical to your day jobs.

3)      It is a great way to meet new people who share a common interest: creating and providing excellent service and resources to our teens!

4)      It looks great on your resume AND considered when moving up in your organization. Board experience is a great career builder!

5)      I value the most the friends I made while serving on the YALSA Board and while serving as the YALSA Fiscal Officer. They come from all over the country and it is always a highlight to see them at conferences and events.

So think about volunteering as a Board member and running for a YALSA position. It is an incredibly positive experience and memorable. Additional information and FAQ’s are available on the YALSA website and here is a link to the nomination form – http://www.ala.org/yalsa/governance-candidacy-form. See you in New Orleans!

Mary Hastler is the Chief Executive Officer of Harford County Public Library in Maryland. Ms. Hastler is a Past-President of the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators and Past President of the Maryland Library Association. Ms. Hastler is the recipient of the Maryland Library Association Outstanding Member Award 2018. She was recognized by The Daily Record as an Influential Marylander 2017, and a 2017, 2015 and 2013 Top 100 Women in Maryland earning the Circle of Excellence distinction. Mary is an active member of YALSA and served five years on the YALSA Board in various capacities including Fiscal Officer. She is also active in ALA and PLA.

Ms. Hastler received a Master of Library Science in 2002 from the University of Maryland, College Park, College of Library and Information Services, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration Human Resources from Towson State University, Towson, MD. In addition, she received a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University in 1998. She is a graduate of the Harford Leadership Academy.

Suffolk Public Library Young Adult Readers Delighted to Discover New Reads

Before the YALSA Great Books Giveaway books even reached our shelves, young adult readers eagerly snatched up something exciting to read at Suffolk Public Library’s Morgan Memorial Library. Situated in downtown Suffolk, VA, Morgan Memorial Library, one of three Suffolk Public Library locations, sees a lot of foot traffic from local teens and young adults. The Young Adult Collection at MML, though heavily used by these individuals, was dated and rather sparse. Receiving the YALSA Great Books Giveaway Grant allowed us to fill the young adult shelves providing an array of new books for these enthusiastic readers.

With three library locations spread out across 429 square miles of land, Suffolk Public Library sees a diverse group of young adult library visitors. When we came across the YALSA Great Books Giveaway Grant we knew that this was a valuable opportunity to support our efforts with our young adult community not just at our downtown library location but at all three of our library locations and even our bookmobile, known as the Library 2 Go. This grant has been such a positive force in helping to build up our young adult collection and in enhancing the services we provide to our young adult readers.

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Off the Books ALA Annual Event: Library Make’N’Shake

If you’re looking for something hands-on to do that isn’t on the conference schedule, check out the Library Make’N’Shake hosted by Historypin, MIT Media Lab, Digital Public Library of America, and others. Drop into the event at The Howlin Wolf on Saturday, June 23 between 10am-5pm. The event will highlight non-profit partnerships with libraries with activities centered around STEAM, fundraising, community engagement, and more. Lunch will be served mid-day with snoballs from the famous Hansen’s to feast on in the afternoon.

Why should library staff and others working with teens attend? You will have the opportunity to connect with potential partners for both teen and intergenerational projects. Historypin (https://www.historypin.org/en/) will be launching a new product, Storybox, that would be a great, interactive tool to engage and empower future “teen historians” or to gather the community across generations to share their stories and local history. MIT Media Lab (https://www.media.mit.edu/) will host hands-on workshops involving the food computer, storytelling with data, and circuit making with circuit stickers.

If you cannot drop into the hands-on event, stop by for happy hour from 5-7 for small bites, networking opportunities and live music featuring the Stooges Brass Band. The Howlin Wolf is just two blocks from the convention center at 907 S. Peters Street (http://www.thehowlinwolf.com/). For more information visit https://www.librarymakeandshake.org/ or contact Jon Voss at Historypin: jon.voss@historypin.org.

Adrienne L. Strock is a member of the YALSA Local Arrangements Committee for ALA Annual 2018 and works for the New Orleans Public Library.

Get Involved: Join the Financial Advancement Committee

YALSA is currently looking for members to join the Financial Advancement Committee.  What is FAC? This committee is tasked with the important job of working with the Board to implement virtual fundraising campaigns and fundraising efforts at conferences, aimed at both members and nonmembers, to support the $19,595 worth of scholarships and stipends YALSA gives out annually.

Being on FAC is a one year commitment and conference attendance is not required. FAC members work together virtually to plan and promote fundraisers throughout the year, focusing on different scholarships and stipends as we go along. For example, we are currently raising money for a National Library Legislative Day travel stipend, so YALSA can send members to Washington D.C. to advocate for teen services. We also raise money for other grants and awards that don’t have corporate sponsors, such as YALSA’s Spectrum Scholar, an Emerging Leader, a Board Fellow and a Midwinter Paper Presentation.

When FAC isn’t working on fundraising, we spend time contributing content to the YALSA Blog, helping members and non-members understand the long-term value of YALSA’s mission and work and we periodically update and promote YALSA’s Fundraising Toolkit. FAC also makes sure to thank all of the generous donors that give to YALSA.

Don’t have any experience fundraising? Don’t let that stop you! All you need is the ability to work virtually, creativity and a passion for YALSA’s mission! Being on FAC this year has been a very rewarding experience, and I hope you will join me in July for another great year.

If you think you would be a good fit for this exciting committee, please contact YALSA President-Elect Crystle Martin at crystle.martin@gmail.com

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: Aligning the Teen Services Competencies to Your Work

cover of the teen services competencies for library staffAre you working to integrate the Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff into your work? Do you have questions about how you might do that? Are you wondering how to change job descriptions or policies, or program plans to better align with the Competencies? If you answered “yes” to any of those, or if you simply want to learn more about YALSA’s new Competencies, you’ll want to attend the free “Aligning the Teen Services Competencies to Your Work” session in New Orleans.

The free session is scheduled to take place Friday, June 22, from 1 to 4PM in room 343 of the Morial Convention Center , just prior to the ALA Annual Conference.  During that time participants will hear how library staff are integrating the Competencies into their jobs and have the chance to work with library staff from around the country to take a deep dive into the Competencies and explore how to bring them into every day practice. Participants are invited to come to the session with a program plan, a job description, a policy, a staff and/or program evaluation tool, or another tool and spend time aligning those day-to-day tools to the Competencies.
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