YALSA Virtual Town Hall #2: Teen Learning Environments – You Want To Be There

national forum on libraries and teens logoTuesday, April 16, 2PM Eastern! That’s the time for YALSA’s next virtual town hall which will take place in the association’s Adobe Connect space. The theme of the conversation is Teen Learning Environments and it’s a chance for library staff, administrators, and stakeholders – yes stakeholders – to consider what libraries need to do to provide learning environments for both formal and informal teen learning. The conversation is a part of YALSA’s year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens.

If you are a stakeholder with an interest in teens and/or youth you want to attend the virtual town hall to get your voice heard and help guarantee that teens are served in the community as they need to be. Also, those who participate will get an advance copy of the final white paper that will be developed at the end of this year-long project.

If you work in libraries you want to be participate because you will be able to network with other library staff, get new ideas and learn about resources.

Up to 100 people can attend the virtual town hall so feel free to invite colleagues, peers, and others to help YALSA plan the very important future of library services to teens.
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Come One Come All to YALSA’s Virtual Town Halls

As a part of the YALSA year-long IMLS funded National Forum on Libraries & Teens project, the association is sponsoring three town halls. The virtual events, all will take place in YALSA’s Adobe Connect space, are scheduled for 2 to 3PM Eastern on:

  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21

Each session will focus on a specific theme and participants, that will include library staff and stakeholders from a variety of communities, will have the chance to help YALSA understand what teen library services will (and should) look like in the future.

The first session, in two weeks, will focus on partnerships. Library staff are encouraged to invite stakeholders from their community to join the conversation which will focus on these questions: Continue reading

YALSA Seeks Leaders for Summit on Teens & Libraries

As part of its year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens project, YALSA will host a Teens & Libraries Summit Jan. 23-24, 2013, in Seattle.’  The Summit will feature speakers, panels and small group discussion to examine the current state of library services for and with young adults, and to explore how library services may need to evolve to meet the needs of 21st century adolescents.’  Funds provided by IMLS will be used to cover the cost of travel and related expenses for 15 applicants who wish to participate in the Summit.’  Key stakeholders from the areas of libraries, education, technology, adolescent development and the for-profit and nonprofit sectors are encouraged to apply (.doc) by Nov. 1, 2012.’  The 15 accepted applicants will join with approximately 35 other stakeholders at the face-to-face Summit.’  At the conclusion of the year-long Forum, YALSA will produce a white paper which will provide direction on how library services for and with teens needs to adapt and potentially change to better meet the needs of 21st century teens.’  To learn more about the National Forum, read the initial press release.