Recently I posted about various things I’d seen, read, and heard, and it ends up that I’m going to do the same thing in this post. Not really surprising I guess, since getting information out to people is a part of what librarians are about. So, here’s another short list of things I’ve come across recently that relate to libraries and teens:
- Video Games and Reading – On Monday, the New York Times, published the second in a series titled The Future of Reading.’ The second installment in the series focuses on video games and what people are saying about the impact of gaming on reading skills.’ The discussion includes what’s happening in libraries and publishing as a result of a new understanding of gaming and literacy.’ One of my favorite quotes, from author and college professor Jay Parini, in the article highlights why libraries, reading, and games are a good match.’ “I wouldn’t be surprised if, in 10 or 20 years, video games are creating fictional universes which are every bit as complex as the world of fiction of Dickens or Dostoevsky.”
- Cool Teen Programs on a Shoestring – This is the title of a new YALSA book that’s in the works that will highlight the creative, interesting, fun, successful programs librarians and teens are making happen without spending a lot of money.’ When I read about the new book I started to think about all of the programs I’ve seen that cost little, and sometimes even nothing, to make happen. Even some of the programs that people would expect cost lots of money to get off the ground, can actually be low cost. For example, creating podcasts with teens can take place with a low cost microphone and high-quality, easy-to-use audio editing software that is free.’ You can even find free or low-cost hosts for the audio produced.’ Learn more about the book and how to submit your program(s).
- Virtual Poster Sessions – ALA President Jim Rettig recently announced a new way for members to get involved in the Association – virtual poster sessions.’ The announcement of the program said, “Share ways you are making your library vital in your community (any kind of community).’ The possibilities are almost endlessâ€”are you reaching underserved populations; are you vital to local political activity; is your library a center of learning; are you visible outside the building?’ Demonstrate the specific purpose for your community involved and the ways that you have achieved the purpose.’ Photos, images, and sounds may accompany your presentation.”‘ The deadline to apply to present a virtual poster session is November 15.’ Those selected will present their poster in January.’ Learn more about the sessions, including how to apply, on the ALA web site.
- What Teens Think – Piper Jaffrey just released the findings of their most recent Taking Stock with Teens survey.’ 850 teens were interviewed, in schools and in shopping areas, for the survey.’ Findings include: 84% of teens own one video game console and 64% own two consoles, 84% of those surveyed said if they own an MP3 player it is an iPod, and the number of teens renting movies from a physical store vs downloading or DVD by mail service is falling.’ While the full report might not be available to you because of costs associated with it, it’s definitely worth reading the overview of findings in order to gain more insight into what teens are doing and thinking.