As a teen library specialist you have insight on the needs of the teen patrons who walk into your library. But what happens outside the teen space? Do the circulation desk staff, the pages, the security personnel, and your administrator know how to provide a quality library experience for the teens in your community?

What can you do to enhance the whole library experience for your teen patrons?

Attend the all-day YALSA Midwinter Institute on Friday, January 7, 2011, in San Diego and receive tips and tools and talking points for working with the rest of the library staff in providing outstanding teen services. Speakers include Paige Battle, Linda Braun, Christie Gibrich, Penny Johnson, Jennifer Lawson, Teri Lesesne, Sara Ryan, and Ray Stark.

  • Learn about the new YALSA white paper written by immediate past president Linda Braun on the importance of the whole library experience for teen services.
  • Enjoy a presentation by keynote speaker Sara Ryan on how to identify and build relationships with your allies in the library. Sara is a YALSA board member, the teen services specialist for the Multnomah County (OR) Library System, and a two-time winner of the Oregon Book Award for her teen novels.
  • Participate in a discussion led by Penny Johnson on how to effectively influence people. Penny is the teen specialist at Baraboo (WI) Public Library and an expert in effective leadership skills.
  • Get opinions and insights from authentic administrators and staff on what they want to know about teen services.
  • Hear from teens throughout the country as they relate their library experiences, good and bad, outside the teen room.
  • Practice strategies for dealing with challenges you may face in your library with discussion leader Teri Lesesne. Teri is a professor at the Sam Houston State University in Texas. She is also a 2007 ALAN award recipient.

You will walk away from this energetic all-day workshop with concrete plans on how to involve your entire library in delivering outstanding service to your teen patrons.

Register today for the YALSA Midwinter Institute, Friday January 7, 2011, in San Diego.’  This event will be an all-day workshop, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM in the San Diego Convention Center. The cost for this event $195 for YALSA members, $235 for ALA members and $285 for nonmembers. Lunch is’ included

You do not need to be registered for the ALA Midwinter Meeting to participate in the Friday events. To register only for the “Teen Services & the Whole Library Experience” Midwinter institute, fill out a registration form (skip Section I)’  and either mail or fax it to 1 (800) 521-6017 or mail it to: ALA Registration and Housing Headquarters, 568 Atrium Dr.’  Vernon Hills, IL 60061

If you have already registered for Midwinter, it is easy to add the Institute to your agenda:
• Contact Nichole Gilbert at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387, and ask her to reserve your ticket for the institute;
• Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 and ask to add a workshop or special event to your existing registration;
• Add an event to your existing registration online. Use your log in and password to access your existing Midwinter registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you’ve added.

About Penny Johnson

I am the teen specialist at Baraboo Public Library, Baraboo WI.

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