For many months I’ve been looking forward to the launch of YALSA’s new blogging platform and interface. Now that I can’t look forward to that anymore, I’m thinking about what’s next on my looking forward to list. Some items are:
ALA 2008 Conference LogoALA Annual Conference 2008
In Anaheim those interested in teen services can look forward to pre-conferences on serving younger teens and tweens, programs on topics like reaching teens outside the library and youth advocacy, technology poster sessions, and the President’s Program on Third Space. You can find more about what’s coming in Anaheim on the YALSA wiki.

Grand Theft Childhood book coverGrand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do
This book, which just hit the shelves, takes a look at whether or not video games have an impact on the behavior of children. As the Publisher’s Weekly review states, The authors “…advise parents to be involved with their kids’ game playing, just as they should be with their other activities. While not profound, the authors, in a calm, evenhanded approach to a problem many parents find frustratingly difficult, address many social fears and make them less scary.” This looks like a book all librarians serving youth will want to read and make available to parents, colleagues, and school personnel.

Little Brother cover Little Brother
Later this month Cory Doctorow’s first book for teens is going to be published. Doctorow is well known as an intellectual property and online user rights advocate and for his adult books. I’m wondering how this book fits into a teen publishing framework instead of an adult publishing framework. At the end of the month I should know.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist CoverNick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – the movie
This won’t hit theaters until Fall 2008, but anticipation to see how Michael Cerra as Nick and Kate Denning as Nora help bring the story to life is high.

Improved Use of Video in LibrariesSeesmic Logo
Playing around with video technologies including Seesmic and Ustream.tv is something I hope more teens and libraries start to do. Some describe Seesmic as a video version of Twitter. In other words it’s a way to record and send short video messages to Seesmic followers. As mentioned in a previous blog post, Ustream.tv is an easy to use web-based tool that gives anyone with a webcam the ability to broadcast live. Possible uses include training, discussions, presentations, and more.

overdrive logo More DRM Free
In March Overdrive, a vendor that many libraries use for downloadable audio and video, announced they are going to provide DRM free MP3s via Borders. Once libraries can offer DRM free content to teens, they will be better able to meet young adult’s handheld portable media needs.

Microsoft Surface LogoLibrary Buildings with the AT&T Surface
Many months ago Microsoft publicized their new hi-tech device the Surface . However, since that announcement the Surface hasn’t surfaced in public locations. Now it’s showing up in AT&T stores and now libraries should start to take notice and think about how this technology can be used with teens.

Is that too much to look forward to? Probably not. There’s items to pay attention to now, items to start thinking about, and items to keep in mind for the future. What are you looking forward to in the near or distant future?

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

One Thought on “Looking Forward To

  1. I agree with you that Overdrive’s announcement opens up all sorts of possibilites, but must say that Annual is at the top of my list right now for things about which I am excited. I will be able to celebrate with the rest of the Printz committee, and since I’m not currently on any other committees I can take my time enjoying myself, but my book, _Reality Rules: a guide to teen nonfiction reading interests_, is scheduled for release on June 30th. Add that to the 13 inches of snow that fell locally last week and California has more than a little appeal.

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