Eve of Departure

Posted by Beth Gallaway

  • Made handouts for presentation & meetings? check!
  • Packed (including umbrella, sturdy shoes, and band aids)? check!
  • Touched base with roommate? check!
  • Boarding Pass printed? check!
  • Hotel confirmed? check!
  • Shuttle reservation made? check!
  • harged cell phone? check!
  • RSVP’d to events? check!
  • Updated itinerary in Google Calendar? check!

Next: Shower. Sleep. Airport!

Gaming Events of Interest at ALA Annual in New Orleans:

Sunday June 25th, 1:30-3:30 YALSA Teen Gaming Interest Group
Hilton New Orleans, Riverside 2 Poydras St
Chequers Room, 3rd floor

The purpose of this discussion is to discuss issues relating to teens and gaming and to develop and disseminate best practices in collections, programming, and related topics in the field of gaming (including video, computer, internet, handheld, mobile, board, card, and miniatures) for young adults ages 12-18. Bring a program to share, a game recommendation, or your questions about starter collections or successful gaming events. Teens are VERY welcome to attend – we could really use their opinions, experience, and expertise to add to the discussion.

Can’t attend? Join in via Skype or Second Life

contact Beth Gallaway
(informationgoddess29 AT gmail DOT com or Kelly Czarnecki (kelly.queenofthejungle AT gmail DOT com for details.

Notes will also be posted on the YALSA blog, and online in our community at

Moderators: Beth Gallaway, Metrowest MA Regional Library System

Waltham MA & Kelly Czarnecki, ImaginOn, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Monday, June 26th, 1:30 to 3:30
LITA: Exploring the Technology of Gaming
Morial Convention Center, Room 286/287

This program will concentrate on the validity, opportunities and
adoption of the provision of adult and teen games as the emerging new

literacy and literature of the immediate and long term future. Gaming
technology represents a fundamental learning and information exchange
of the future and by adopting it, libraries have the opportunity to
get ahead of the curve in an important emerging component of society.
Speakers: Kevin Ferst, Teen Librarian, Jacksonville (Fla.) Public Library;
Matt Gullett, ImaginOn (Charlotte, NC);
Eli Neiburger, Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Library;
Beth Gallaway, Metrowest MA Regional Library System, Waltham (Mass.)

(Although not a YALSA program, it has a strong teen focus, and conflicts only with YALSA selection committee meetings, according to event planner.)

Summer Reading -at the Jail

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

My ever-thinking colleague suggested we offer to sign up the young men (16-17 year olds) in the Freedom Reads! book club at Jail North in Charlotte, NC for the Teen Summer Reading program. Of course and why not! Since the program is online and the young men do not have internet access, we had to be a bit creative. They chose a username and password which the librarian at the jail will keep track of. They will record their hours on hard copy and turn it in when they reach their goals. Some even said they would read for thirty hours straight and right away. What do they read? So much! Astrology, Dead Sea Scrolls, James Patterson, teen dating violence prevention, and most recently titles from the Great Stories CLUB grant program.

Come see our display (among many others) at the Diversity Fair at the conference on Saturday, 3p-5p at the Convention Center in the Special Events Area behind aisle 3700.

A few other related programs:

All Committee meeting, Saturday, 10a-12p, Hilton Grand Ballroom. Visit the Outreach to Young Adults Special Needs Committee.

Behind Bars: Books & Teens and the Criminal Justice System, Saturday, 1:30p-3:30p, Convention Center, Room 288-289.

A couple of new titles

Posted by Linda W. Braun

There are two new titles I just purchased that I thought would be of interest to readers of this blog.

The first is a downloadable book available from Amazon in pdf format – My Space Safety: 51 Tips for Teens and Parents. I was curious about the book partly because it’s written by two parents of a teenager and partly because I assumed it was going to be particularly negative about My Space. I was basically wrong. It’s a good book that says teens are gong to use sites like My Space so here are some things you, as a parent, can do to make sure they are safe.

The other book is a new one by Will Richardson called Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. It covers the basics of newish technologies and provides good ideas for how they can be used for, with, and by kids and teens.

Happenings at Conference

Posted by Linda W. Braun

Yesterday Beth Yoke sent out a reminder email of YALSA events at conference and I wanted to make sure it was posted here too.

The ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans is just a few days away on June 22-28, and we wanted to be sure you knew about some recent developments:

1) It’s not too late to register to attend the conference. Anyone who is not yet registered, but who would like to attend, may do so online or on-site at the convention center. A special one-day rate for Monday is now being offered. To learn more about the conference or to register online go to www.ala.org/annual. For a complete list of programs and room locations for YALSA’s meetings and events, go to www.ala.org/yalsa.

2) If you can’t make it to all the YALSA programs you wanted to, or if you can’t come to the conference at all, be sure to check out YALSA’s blog each day of the conference for up-to-the-minute reports and musings from our conference bloggers. Just go to http://blogs.ala.org/yalsa.php

3) Kick of the conference by attending YALSA 101 on Friday from 4-5 in room 253 of the convention center. At this informal gathering you can hear about the newest programs and services available to members. This event is sponsored by School Library Journal, who will be providing refreshments and goodie bags.

4) Tickets for the Monday evening Michael L. Printz Award Program & Reception will be available on-site. For $35 you will get to hear the winning and honor authors speak, enjoy a dessert reception and receive a free bag of goodies donated by Booklist, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin, Penguin and Random House.

5) Be sure to visit our Teen Read Week Partners in the Exhibit Hall: Harcourt (booth #1239), Orca (booth #1140), Scholastic (booth #s 1832 & 2039) and Simon & Schuster (booth #1450).

6) Pick up your free WWE Summer Reading Slam Poster and other great freebies at the YALSA Member Booth in Lobby J of the convention center. Also, new for Teen Read Week 2006 will be the WWE Reading Challenge, a reading incentive program available just to YALSA members and their libraries. To find out more, or to sign up to participate (it’s free) go to www.ala.org/yalsa.

7) ALA is collecting new books for all ages at the conference and will distribute them to hurricane-damaged libraries throughout the Gulf region. Please bring donations to YALSA’s Membership Booth in Lobby J of the convention center between Friday afternoon and Monday afternoon. ALA and YALSA are not accepting donations at the Chicago Headquarters. If you are not attending the conference, but would still like to contribute, please visit www.ala.org/katrina or www.solinet.net/Disaster_templ.cfm?doc_id=3761 for a list of other ways you can help out.

8) For anyone still wanting to register for the Reading With Your Ears Preconference on audiobooks or purchase a ticket for the Margaret Edwards Award Luncheon, please contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org or 1.800.545.2433 x4387 by no later than Wednesday June 21st. Registration/tickets for these two events will not be available on site.

Be sure to welcome new members at the conference

Once again YALSA will have 2 types of general member ribbons at the Annual Conference: just plain ol’ “member” ribbons (orange) and “new member” ribbons (now in peach!). If you happen to see anyone wearing a “new member” ribbon, please be sure to approach them and welcome them. As you well know, the ALA conference can be quite daunting for 1st timers, so anything you do to make newbies feel more relaxed and welcome is greatly appreciated. We now have 5,122 members, which is about 500 more members than we had this time last year.

Also, be on the lookout for new “YALSA Author” ribbons. You can chat with these individuals about how you can get your book published with YALSA. You’re also likely to see “Friend of YALSA” ribbons. Ask these members about why they think making a monetary donation to YALSA is worthwhile, or find out for yourself by going to www.ala.org/yalsa and clicking on “Give to YALSA” from the left menu.

Thanks for all the hard work you do for YALSA, and we’re excited to be seeing you all in New Orleans! I am in the YALSA office through Tuesday, and Nichole and Esther will be in the office through Wednesday. If you need to find us in the convention center, the ALA/YALSA office area is level 2 in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom.
-Posted by Beth Yoke

New Orleans is Ready for ALA!

Hello all,

Well, we are finally getting some rain…so hopefully we can get out of the 100+ year drought…worse drought in New Orleans since record keeping began.

The buzz word in the city is “The librarians are coming!” Taxi drivers are excited and ready…first big convention since Katrina.

The major hotel chains have brought in additional workers from their other properties to make sure we all have a good time. The weather will be hot(as we all know, plus the usual humidity…so bring cool and comfortable clothes).

Starting on Monday, June 19th, the city is suppose to do a major clean-up of the Convention Center area, Central Business District (CBD) and the French Quarter.

New Orleans has come along way since Katrina….especially the areas that ALA will be using. A large part of the city is still a hurricane war torn disaster.

The only other thing I would suggest you bring with you is a supply of patience. Some things move a little slower, make take longer, but the people are more than willing to go out their way to give you a warm welcome. If you need assistance, directions, etc. please ask ’em.

See you this week!

Terry Young
YALSA’s Local Arrangements Chair
-Posted by Beth Yoke from yalsacom

Trends and Teens

Posted by Linda W. Braun

The other day I was catching up in my podcast listening and My Space came up, once again, on TWIT (This Week in Tech.) The group discussing various technology topics on the show for that week, mentioned that recently there have been a few articles that focus on My Space know longer being considered cool by teenagers.

I thought the group discussing this had an interesting point. They said, that the teens already using My Space would be likely to stay since that is where their friends are. But, they said, pre-teens and early teens who aren’t yet on My Space, and aren’t into the web-based social networking environment yet, will very likely use something else.

So, what is that something else? Anyone have ideas?