ALA Nominations

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The deadline to be considered by the ALA Nominations Committee as a possible candidate for the 2007 election is Friday, September 1. If you wish to be considered, please complete the form available at this site:

Remember that it is critical that YALSA be fully represented on Council. Please consider becoming involved in this capacity.

C. Allen Nichols
ALA Nominating Committee

Gary Paulsen profiled in New York Times!

There was a lovely profile of Gary Paulsen in yesterday’s New York Times. I spoke to the author of the piece and she indicated that her son asked her why she did not profile a writer HE liked. Hence, Gary’s name came up. The profile is vintage Paulsen and has a nofty quote from a NYC librarian and former chair of the Newbery Committee, too.

Teen magazines

I ran across an article the other day about teen magazines being a dying breed (as we know them). Some of the reasons for this, the article explains are:

  • they lost touch with what youth wanted
  • magazines were unable to adapt to changes in society
  • they are going digital because that’s where the teens are
  • teens can get this information in so many other places
  • ‘adult’ magazines are more popular with teens

What do others think?

A few questions I have:

  • Is this article being alarmist or challenging us to continually find ways to stay relevant with teens?
  • How is the article defining what is a teen magazine? What about gaming magazines?
  • Is this following a similar trend in books as far as ‘adult content’ being more appealing to many teen readers and in that case, we should adjust to how we think about what a teen magazine is?
  • If teens are getting similar information from other places, how can libraries help with that and what are we already doing to help with that?
  • Many teens are finding and creating their own content online. They are defining what is important to them. Again, how can we help with that?

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

DDR deal

ddr pad

My free DDR pad came in the mail today from. . . . yes, you guessed it. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese! Order one yourself while supplies last. (*Pinecone(s) not included-they are just for scale).

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

Gaming and families

My colleague recently shared this videocast (14 minutes) from a professor at Syracuse that demonstrates various board games that many people might not be familiar with.

While I liked the video, the host of the program starts off by saying, “Back in the day, families got together to play any variety of games at home, but in this day and age of electronics, it’s tough to unplug and get together.”

We recently had a family gaming night with console games such as Super Monkey Ball, Madden ’06, and DDR, board games such as chess and Monopoly, and retro games on the PC such as Pacman, Donkey Kong, and Tetris. Do other libraries have stories to share with family gaming nights at the library?

As James Paul Gee says in the following article in regards to computer and video-“that games are more a social pastime than an antisocial one.”

Don’t Bother Me Mom-I’m Learning! by Prensky talks a lot about the interaction that can take place with families and video gaming.

I think family gaming nights with video and board games can be valuable for libraries and teens-especially to help create those situations where teen participation can take place to figure out how such an event might run.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

YALSA 50th Anniversary — get on board

The YALSA 50th Anniversary group really brainstormed with Judy Nelson, Beth Yoke and our great committee chairs, and we have something to celebrate for every month, and for every member, starting in January 2007.

YALSA plans to field a division book cart drill team for the fun, fun, fun competition in Washington DC in June! Team members? Why not you? And if you know some YA authors who’d be game, give them the word!

Going to Seattle for midwinter conference? We’ll kick off our birthday bash at the Monday night joint youth division get together–let them eat cake!

Watch this space for more news…

Posted by Mary Arnold, Co-chair YALSA 50

Register now for a YALSA e-course

Great CE delivered right to your desktop! Registration for YALSA’s fall session of e-courses opened Aug. 21st and runs through Sept. 25. The session will run from Oct. 2-30. The courses are meant to be the equivalent of a full day workshop. The cost is $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for non members. To register go here. Three courses will be offered:

Pain in the Brain: Adolescent Development and Library Behavior
Teen brain development rivals that of the toddler years: maybe that explains the attitude and characteristics of this historically underserved age group. Find out exactly why teens act the way they do and learn how librarians can address patron behavior issues in a way that will develop relationships with young adults. By the end of this class, participants will: 1) Understand the physical development of the adolescent brain and how it manifests into physical and emotional behaviors, 2) Examine the developmental needs and assets of adolescents, and the role libraries must play in helping teens grow into healthy adults, 3) Discuss how to apply newly acquired knowledge and techniques to improve library services to teens in ways that meet developmental needs and build developmental assets. Instructor: Beth Gallaway

OutReaching Teens
Outreach has always been important to libraries, and now it is proving to be one of the only sure fire ways of reaching underserved audiences. The content of this course will focus on the importance of providing outreach services; different ways libraries can provide outreach services to teenagers with minimal impact on staff and budget; and how to garner support for outreach efforts. Instructor: Angela Pfeil

New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens (Course is full, but you can get on a waiting list)
How does teen use of technology to play, learn, and create improve their text-based literacy skills? How are teens using technology to communicate, collaborate, and create? What technologies should librarians know about to support teen interest in building community online? In this four week course you will find the answers to these questions, become familiar with the tools and techniques teens use to communicate and collaborate online, and discover how to inform your own community about best practices that support teen’s technology-based print literacies. Participants in the series will have the opportunity to talk with others about teen use of technology and how that use improves literacy skills. They will also have the chance to create a framework for a program or service at their library that supports teen technology-based print literacy. Instructor: Linda Braun

To learn more about the e-courses, go here.
-posted by Beth Yoke

New York Times Librarian Awards

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Nominate a YA librarian (or two or three) for the New York Times Librarian Awards:

Who is eligible: any librarian with a Master’s degree in library science who is currently working in a public library in the United States. Nominators are encouraged to nominate librarians who consistently demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism, knowledge and public service in the execution of their duties. Nominations of family members will not be considered. Retired librarians are not eligible. Awards are not given posthumously.

Deadline to nominate: Sept. 15

Award: 21 winners will get a plaque and $2,500

-Posted by Beth Yoke