ALA10: Lights! Camera! Booktrailers!

The Teens and Technology Interest Group organized a panel program on booktrailers and video on Saturday afternoon at Annual.’  Here are some of the highlights and resources discussed by panelists.

New York Times best-selling author Simone Elkeles discussed two of her booktrailers: Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction, available at Elkeles wanted to make a booktrailer with music. She said she was a “child of the eighties” and wanted to make a booktrailer like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s opening credits — a rap book trailer. She felt that because teens are on the Internet that is where she needed to get them interested in her books. The edgy Perfect Chemistry was filmed on a green screen for about $5,000.
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And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Our Book

A few months ago I wrote about the Technology for Young Adults Committee transitioning to the Teens & Technology Interest Group.’  One of our final actions as a committee has been to prepare an awesome session about booktrailers and video for Annual. We hope you’ll join us for a session that will feature best practices for creating and promoting booktrailers and video to highlight collections, programs, and services for teens.’  The rockstar panelists include:

Simone Elkeles, author of Rules of Attraction and Perfect Chemistry, will participate.’  Her website features several of her trailers.

Buffy Hamilton, aka The Unquiet Librarian, is a media specialist/teacher-librarian at Creekview High School’  (GA). She will talk about transliteracy and using video with teens. Be sure to check out her shoes at the panel, as she promised via Twitter to showcase “how you can wear hot and cute shoes that are comfy.”

Joy Millam, District Library Coordinator/Teacher Librarian at Valencia High School (CA), has been doing book trailers with teens for more than two years.’  Her wiki, Book Talks and More,’  has details on how to get started, including a presentation on Booktrailer Basics.

Sonia Nash, Online Producer for Random House Children’s Books, will round out the session by speaking about booktrailers from a publisher perspective.

Staci Terrell, Teen Services Librarian at Anderson Public Library (IN), will share how she created a booktrailer how-to program for teens called Techie Tuesdays.

Jennifer Wooten, Teen Services Librarian Kings County Library System (WA), will discuss video. Last summer, Wooten wrote an article for School Library Journal:’  Flipped!: Want to get teens excited about summer reading? Just add video.

Finally, Sarah Ludwig, Head of Teen and Technology Services at Darien Library (CT), will moderate this talent-packed panel.

Lights! Camera! Booktrailers!
Saturday, June 26, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Washington Convention Center’  147A

We’ll also be meeting as a group during the YALSA All-Committee session on Saturday morning, 10:30am-12 (WCC 207A/B). Come check out the Teens & Technology Interest Group, as well as many other committees and groups. It’s a great way to get involved and meet people, as well as share ideas.