I’m a new blogger here at YALSA and I’m very excited to get to tell about the YALSA Tech for YA committee poster session at ALA Annual.It is always great to see what others are doing on a practical level. There were presentations by students as well as librarians.

Flamingnet Book Reviews Seth of Flamingnet Book Reviews began his site in 2002 when he was just 15 years old! It has now grown and has contributors from across the US.’  Seth was a delight to speak with and it you haven’t checked out his project, do yourself a favor and visit http://flamingnet.com

Morgan McPheeters and Jake Mayfield of the Farmington Public Library in New Mexico

 

Morgan McPheeters and Jake Mayfield of the Farmington Public Library in New Mexico showed off their poster on their teen zine, Blended.’  The teens were so knowledgeable and their project was very well done.The zine produced was a high quality, full color zine that any teen would want to read.

Monique Delatte Teen tech week is a perfect time to connect with teens and several of the poster sessions featured events that took place during the week.Monique Delatte with the LA County Library showed off her teens’ activities.There was a great variety of events for the teens to participate in.At the end of the week, the photos were put together in a book to celebrate the fun and learning. Monique was a winner of the YALSA Teen Tech Week Mini Grant.

Jesse Vieau from the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg Library

Jesse Vieau from the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg Library in NC showed off the Teen Tech Week programs from the past two years to interested poster viewers.’ PLCMC created the Teens & Technology Team to head up the creation of the annual system-wide Teen Tech Week celebration.The team has found community partners, marketing techniques, and a variety of technology-focused programs that can be replicated by all 24 branches in the system throughout the week.

Do you want to work with teens and video but have a limited budget?Rachel Magee with the County of Los Angeles Public Library showed off her display on filming on a budget (who thought to use PowerPoint as a tool to showcase photos and add music?) By using strategies like networking and word-of-mouth advertising, libraries can access all the technology needed to make a digital video with a limited budget.’  This poster session highlighted descriptions of possible projects, with an in-depth focus on a Teen summer project, with multiple meetings for writing, planning, shooting, and editing. Great ideas!

Mary Sue Nocar of the Rincon Branch, Livermore Public Library in CA

Mary Sue Nocar of the Rincon Branch, Livermore Public Library in CA, showed off her poster about a film design program for teens.’  The Livermore Public Library’s Teen Film Festival and REEL FOCUS program encourage youth “authorship” and literacy in an electronic, visual environment after years of encouraging youth literacy and authorship in the printed realm. The films were available for us to view.

.  Kim Banks with the Orange County Public Library in CA and Jill Patterson with the La Habra Branch Library in CA

Video was also the theme of the winners of a YALSA Teen Tech Grant.Kim Banks with the Orange County Public Library in CA and Jill Patterson with the La Habra Branch Library in CA were able to purchase the equipment needed and set their teens to work.The teens did a great job with their projects.

Andy Austin, Christopher Harris, and Brian Mayer Andy Austin, Christopher Harris, and Brian Mayer presented a program at ALA that showed off their library portal project; Fish4Info:fish4info.org/ We were fortunate that they also shared their project with us at the poster session.Using opens source software, they put together a teen oriented portal for their library system.The portal is not tied to any one library system and can potentially work with many different systems.Fish4Info is a next generation library portal that seeks to make the library catalog a socially engaging destination by integrating web 2.0 technology with the catalog. From book reviews, to forums, comments and tags; fish4info makes the library website an interactive social community. The portal is based on drupal software. The software is freely available from their website.

Michelle Kowalsky with Pepperdine University in CA and Jazmin Idakaar

There is no doubt that many teens love video games.Michelle Kowalsky with Pepperdine University in CA and Jazmin Idakaar showed off their poster on different ways they have connected video games with students.’  This session provided frameworks and examples for connecting video game storylines and in-world environments with library materials, subject area content, and the world of ideas that are naturally found in libraries.

We hope you were able to spend a few moments at the poster session.If you did, we know you came away with some great ideas. I know I did!

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