Posted by Linda W. Braun
The Teen Tech Week Committee met for the first time face-to-face during Annual and got a lot of work done. One exciting thing is that the Committee selected a logo for TTW and a theme for this year’s week. (Watch this blog and the YALSA site for a formal announcement of each.)
The logo was selected from a group of entries submitted by teens. There were several good entries and the Committee had a good discussion about which to select, how to select, why one over the other, etc. In other words, the teen artists provided quality work. That’s not a surprise but really nice to see.
When looking at the logos, Committee members realized that the teens were really focused on what they knew or thought about libraries and technology. In other words the images created didn’t show a teen technology world of music, games, chat, etc., but instead focused on books/text coming in and out of a computer. (The traditional use of technology in the library.) In the future it would be great if teens and librarians were able to connect technology beyond the traditional sense of the library to a more expansive view of the intersection of teens, libraries, and technology.
Another discussion of the Committee centered around the types of programs and activities libraries might host as a part of TTW. There are an amazing number of ideas out there and more details will be provided on the TTW website over the next several months, but here are a few to whet the appetite:
- Podcasting Academy with teens as the podcasting teachers/leaders
- Teen tours for adults of the online world
- A Machinima movie night
- Online polls and contests
And there’s lots more.
As plans of the Committee continue and the website for TTW expands I’ll post more on the blog to let readers know what’s up and coming up. Keep your eyes tuned.