Teens are a key audience for libraries, but their unique needs can make designing services and programs for this audience a challenge. At this session, presenters will crack open their tool box and share simple strategies for providing basic but effective programs and services for teens. Expect to leave with new ideas and a practical plan for improving teen services at your library.

Arrive early to network with fellow librarians to discuss your thoughts on exemplary teen services and get to work on an interactive display featuring your successes in teen services.

The preconference will begin when Angela Fredrick (Nashville Public Library) breaks ground with an icebreaker and introduces the day’s expert presenters. Get inspired by Angelina Manfredi (Los Alamos County Libraries) and her presentation on mutually beneficial relationships that can develop between teens and librarians. Then, Mari Hardacre (Allen County (IN) Public Library) will discuss the YALSA’s core competencies for teen librarians, including tips on managing teen behavior in libraries. Hardacre will also share practical collection management ideas. Erin Helmrich (Ann Arbor District Library), author of Create, Relate, and Pop @ the Library: Services and Programs for Teens & Tweens, will delve into easy but effective teen program plans that you can take home to your library. Finally, Jesse Vieau (Madison Public Library) will demonstrate the technology tools you can use to manage your time effectively, and will present his favorite tools and gadgets to share with teens.

Fill your toolbox with tips from our presenters, and then get ready to get to work at your library during small group discussions led by Penny Johnson (Baraboo (WI) Public Library). With support from a group, develop an action plan with steps you can take to pour a strong foundation for teen services at your library. Armed with the blueprints you created during the preconference, the framework for exemplary teen collections and programming will be up in no time at your library.

To add The Nuts & Bolts of Serving Teens to your 2011 ALA Annual Conference Registration, visit http://www.alaannual.org/ or call 1-800-974-3084. Registration for 2011 ALA Annual Conference is not necessary to participate in the preconference. Tickets for the event cost $129 and include light refreshments.

Posted on behalf of Rebecca Malinowski.

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I'm the librarian at Holliston High School, a bit west of Boston. In my spare time I advise my school's yearbook and Gay Straight Alliance, write about food, and root for the Red Sox.

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