Teen Tech Week In Action

Happy Teen Tech Week! Libraries all over the country are creatively celebrating their nonprint resources this week, and one of the many things I love about working for YALSA is that librarians often share the cool things they and their teens do throughout the week.

Yvonne Jackson, library media specialist at Thurgood Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas, sent me a promotional video that the library’s book club made about the technology available to students at TMHS. (The video will be available until March 27.) The video highlights playaways, audiobooks, online homework help, educational games, and all the other resources that the LMS offers to the school, and it played during the morning announcements each day. Check it out, after the jump!

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Katie & Joseph’s YALSA Vlog Ep. 1: You Can’t Spell Intellectual Freedom without “Teen”

From time to time, YALSA teen blogger Katie and I will get together to have a heart-to-heart talk about issues affecting teen librarians from both a teen and librarian’s perspective. First up: what does intellectual freedom mean to the teens who use our library?

For more information about teens and what you can do to be an advocate of intellectual freedom, please visit the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom or YALSA’s own Intellectual Freedom Resources.

~Joseph Wilk
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Teen

Updated – Live Blogging Best Books for Young Adults: Teen Session

Thanks to all who participated in YALSA’s first event liveblogged with CoverItLive! Despite a couple of interesting technical developments, I think everything went very smoothly. Particular thanks to the fantastic Kelly Tyler, who took an astounding amount of photos and video–some of which we even managed to upload during the session!

You can now view a replay of the session, which includes selected book covers, video, and commentary from several folks who participated via Twitter.
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There Goes My Brain Again

Last week I wrote a post about EyeJot This and the way my brain was reacting to the possibilities of using the tool with teens.’  Now, I’m back in brain spinning mode as I think about:

Eyejot This Connects Users to Resources

Today I learned about a web tool that I think could be really helpful in connecting teens, librarians, teachers, parents, administrators, and others to good resources.

Eyejot ThisThe tool is Eyejot and on the surface it’s a simple way to create web video that you can email and embed on web pages. However, what’s more exciting is the Eyejot This bookmarklet that takes linking to the next level. Continue reading

Stories of 2008

Every year, beginning sometime in December, media outlets, bloggers, and others publish articles on the best and worst of the past 12 months.’  When I read these I automatically start to think about what’s been going on with teens and libraries over the past year. One way I find that out is to look at a year’s worth of YALSA blog posts. Here’s some of what I found when I did that:

  • Over the past twelve months video production became a real-live possibility for librarians and the teens that they serve. Continue reading

Promoting Teen Read Week through Video

One of the highlights of working in the YALSA office is I get to see all of the amazing ways people celebrate and promote Teen Read Week. One popular promotional tool I’ve seen this year is the Teen Read Week trailer. Here are two great examples: one featuring teens at the Kendall Young Library in Webster City, Iowa (thanks to librarian Bonnie Korslund for sharing!), and the other from the Readergirlz, for their Night Bites chat series, in which they’re sponsoring live chats with YA authors each night of Teen Read Week.

If you’re interested in creating your own trailer, go for it! Just make sure to tag it “yalsa” and “trw08” when you put it up on YouTube.

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Tools of the Trade: Video Software

In my last post of the series,’ I detailed’ how to get the most bang for your buck with’ budget camcorders.’  However, while many of them offer basic software, you might want to expand what you can do with your footage.’  Thankfully, there are many free options–some of them right under your nose.

For the many of you using Windows at work, Microsoft has bundled its operating system with Windows Movie Maker.’  Windows Movie’ Maker is’ a competent free program that will serve a number of simple projects,’ such as book trailers or’ breaking up long Wizard’ Rock sets’ (run the Windows Update program for the latest update).’  Check out the getting started‘ page to see what you can do with the program.’  For more info, take a look at the tutorials on About.com‘ or Atomic Learning. Continue reading

Tools of the Trade: Choosing a Budget Mini-Cam

In my last post, I showed some of the ways libraries are using video to provide information in new forms, promote their libraries, and provide fresh programming opportunities.’  In my next few posts, I’ll explore some of the low-to-no cost options you can use to incorporate video in your library services.

In the last couple of years, a new generation of digital camcorders has emerged, aimed at ease of use, point-and-shoot functionality, and uploading online. These simple, sub $200 devices offer a small set of controls and automatic features, allowing you to point, press record, and upload easily.
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