The Technology for Young Adults Committee received great proposals for the Teens & Technology Poster Session at 2008 ALA Annual. The following posters are ones that will be represented at the conference:

Always eVolving Denver Public Library, CO virtual space (Teens post book, movie, and music reviews, plus artwork and creative writing. eVolver also includes a My Space page, podcasting, Flickr slideshows, and YouTube video).

It’s a REEL World After All Livermore Public Library, CA (Teen film festival designed to give fifth through twelfth grade students from low income families the opportunity to develop film making, employment, and study skills).

POSTER MYSPACE School Library System of Genesee Valley BOCES, NY (Open source library portal designed for and by librarians interested in providing an enriched, Library 2.0’ified experience for their YA users).

Teen Tech Week the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC (PLCMC created the Teens & Technology Team to head up the creation of the annual system-wide Teen Tech Week celebration).

Teens Use Technology to Make the Grade St. Vrain Valley School District, CO (Learn about a teen technology fair in a science fair format in conjunction with YALSA’s Teen Tech Week).

Using Game Storylines and Environments William Paterson University, NJ (Learn frameworks and examples for connecting video game storylines and in-world environments with library materials, subject area content, and the world of ideas that are naturally found in libraries).

Video Technology on a Budget Radio West Covina Public Library, CA (Get tips on making a short video for less than $75, and learn the basics including shooting, editing, and getting young people involved).

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The Technology for Young Adults Committee is still accepting proposals for the Teens & Technology Poster Session at the ALA Annual Conference in June-July 2008 through January. For more information, visit here. If you have questions, contact Kelly Tyler, Technology for Young Adults Committee Chair: kellyts at

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I have been a part of several poster sessions at various conferences in the past. I admit, I don’t always come up with a quick idea on creating the poster itself (how to create an attractive and non cluttered design that gets important points across doesn’t come to me naturally) so I usually recruit help-especially from teens. Once I’m there, with a poster I feel good about-what a great experience. It’s almost better than presenting, because the one on one interaction is constant, and people usually have time to ask their questions and share their own experiences. It’s a great way to make personal contacts and get new ideas yourself.

YALSA and the Technology for Young Adults Committee is having a poster session at the upcoming annual conference to give YALSA members a chance to highlight programs for teens that have integrated technology and to foster sharing these ideas to try out at your own library. Poster submissions are due soon-October 15. The online form is here. Don’t hesitate to share your experiences. You get to define why it’s successful and replicable for other libraries.

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