The relativity of time and space might sound like a summary for the latest spate of YA dystopian novels, but it is also at the crux of a YALSA panel looking at distance issues and young people, Virtual Collaboration Tips for Teen Librarians, next week at’ ALA Annual.

Where: Convention Center Room 388-90

When: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Panelists include’ Elizabeth Figa, Associate Professor, University of North Texas College of Information Department of Library and Information Sciences, distance learning instructor and winner of UNT’s Outstanding Teacher Award; Angela Frederick, Teen Librarian at the Edmonson Pike branch of Nashville Public Library, which has collaborated with Metro Nashville Public Schools on the Limitless Libraries project;’ Beck McDowell, author of Last Bus Out, The True Story of Courtney Miles’ Rescue of Over 300 People in Hurrican Katrina’s Aftermath;’ and Erin Wyatt, Library Media Specialist at Highland Middle School, Libertyville, Illinois, author of dissertation “Middle School Students in Virtual Learning Environments

It will be a lively discussion of what works and what doesn’t in terms of digitally mediated services in different sorts of settings. Come and share your own secrets for reaching teens outside your building and develop a richer understanding of teens’ digital lives.

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