This post is part of a series where the YALSAblog takes a closer look at Learning Lab grantees from museums and libraries to learn how they engage middle and high school youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.” To read more about the context of the Learning Labs, visit the first post in the series here.

Original set up_3D printer Today we will read about a Learning Lab in Oregon, which is a partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Multnomah County Library with Kristin Bayans, Senior Educator, OMSI, kristinb@omsi.edu and Sara Ryan, Teen Services Specialist, MCL, sryan@multcolib.org. Read More →

This post is part of a series where YALSA blog takes a closer look at Learning Lab grantees from museums and libraries to learn how they engage middle and high school youth in “mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.” To read more about the context of the Learning Labs, visit the first post in the series here.

Learning Lab Billings MTToday we will listen to a conversation about the Parmly Billings Learning Lab in MT, from Leslie Modrow, Development Director, Parmly Billings Library Foundation, leslie@billingslibraryfoundation.org and Kathy Robins, Library Information Systems Coordinator, Parmly Billings Public Library, robinsk@ci.billings.mt.us.

Some of the highlights of this podcast include:

• Making the space on their own terms
• How the space can be used to highlight various cultures
• 2014 is the 20th anniversary of Not in Our Town which has significance to Billings, MT
• School credit for using the Learning Lab
• E-line Media-video game challenge
• Difference between a Learning Lab and a Makerspace
• How Connected Learning theory plays out
• Collaborating with the local school district

Parmly Billings Library Learning Lab podcast

A weekly short list of tweets that librarians and the teens that they serve may find interesting.

Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between December 20 and December 26 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.
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This post is part of a series where the YALSAblog takes a closer look at Learning Lab grantees from museums and libraries to learn how they engage middle and high school youth in “mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.” To read more about the context of the Learning Labs, visit the first post in the series here.

Pima for blogToday we will listen to a conversation about the Pima County Public Library (PCPL) Learning Lab, AZ from Jennifer Nichols, Senior Librarian Jennifer.Nichols@pima.gov.

Some of the highlights of this podcast include:

• Finding a balance between creating structure and letting go for a teen driven project
• Working with evaluators that help teach teens how to project plan including making a timeline, writing surveys, and running focus groups
• Developing a partnership with a ‘pay-it-forward’ model programming space
• Downtown Tucson Innovation group
• Creating a ‘youth center’ vs. just a ‘media lab’
• Keeping the space relevant for teens

Pima County Public Library podcast

This post is part of a series where the YALSAblog takes a closer look at Learning Lab grantees from museums and libraries to learn how they engage middle and high school youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.” To read more about the context of the Learning Labs, visit the first post in the series here.

sewingToday we will read about a Learning Lab with the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX from Jennifer Beradino, Manager of the Museum’s Kinder Foundation Education Center (KFEC) jberadino@mfah.org and Natalie Svacina, Curriculum Coordinator nsvacina@mfah.org. Read More →

This post is part of a series where the YALSAblog takes a closer look at Learning Lab grantees from museums and libraries to learn how they engage middle and high school youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.” To read more about the context of the Learning Labs, visit the first post in the series here.

Coins

Today we will listen to a conversation about the Geo Tech Lab with the University of Alabama and the Alabama Museum of Natural History from Linda Watson, Director, Placenames Research Center, Department of Geography, University of Alabama lwatson@bama.ua.edu and Allie Sorlie, Education Outreach Coordinator, Alabama Museum of Natural History, acsorlie@bama.ua.edu.

Some of the highlights of this podcast include:
• Partnering with a local University
• Utilizing mentors from the Federal Work Study program
• Getting around the obstacles of heavy traffic and parking to attend a program
• How to ‘sell’ the HOMAGO and Connected Learning theories to parents

This post is part of a series where the YALSAblog takes a closer look at Learning Lab grantees from museums and libraries to learn how they engage middle and high school youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.” To read more about the context of the Learning Labs, visit the first post in the series here.
HiTech

Today we will read about HiTech, a Learning Lab with the Howard County Library System, MD from Christie Lassen, Director of Public Relations, christie.lassen@hclibrary.org. Read More →

This post is part of a series where the YALSAblog takes a closer look at Learning Lab grantees from museums and libraries to learn how they engage middle and high school youth in “mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.” To read more about the context of the Learning Labs, visit the first post in the series here.

FreeLibrary1-1 Today we will listen to a conversation about the Philadelphia Free Library Foundation Learning Lab from K-Fai Steele (pronounced Kay-F+eye), Teen Programming Specialist SteeleK@freelibrary.org. Read More →

While I’m sure you’re already worn out pulling out your wallet for all those end-of-the-year donations and holiday shopping, I hope you’ll consider taking it out for a good cause today, for Giving Tuesday. And when you do, please consider donating to Friends of YALSA. This year, the goal is to raise at least $2000, which will help send two advocates for teen services to Washington.

Friends of YALSA funds important YALSA initiatives, including the Spectrum Scholarship, which I was a recipient of. Spectrum supports library students from under-recognized groups in order to diversify the workforce, and I was proud to be a part of the program. It made me a member of two powerful and vibrant groups: my Spectrum cohort and YALSA. Being a part of a group of colleagues who were also going through school, finding out their specific niches in library science, going on first job interviews, and all the while concerning themselves with issues of representation and privilege, was invaluable while I was going through those things, too. And being named YALSA’s Spectrum Scholar made me a member of arguably the most fun-loving and dynamic division of ALA. Some of the best people I’ve ever met (some only online, some also in person) welcomed me into the fold and let me blog, join committees, go out for dinner with them at conferences, and generally get to know what YALSA and YA services are all about. That empowered me through out my graduate school experience and helped me land my first job out of library school before I had even graduated. I had a distinct experience in school, thanks to my Spectrum Scholarship.

I owe YALSA and Spectrum a huge debt of gratitude for giving me a community to count on and learn from. Please consider making a donation to YALSA so that other future librarians can have the opportunities I’ve had. Click here to learn about your giving options, and please consider at least Tweeting about the importance of #GivingTuesday to pass on the word!

Thank you for your support.