You got connected during Teen Tech Week, observing the importance of teens and technology, and now you want to do something more. There’s no better time to join the Technology for Teens Interest Group! (Note: the Teen Tech Week committee is separate from Technology for Teens, but we did collaboratively host a YALSA chat about technology a few months ago.)

You might recall when former chair, Kelly Czarnecki posted about the transition, looking for people to sign the petition for the IG. We’re still kicking back in our committee’s ALA Connect space. (If you’d like to be added to the group, e-mail me [Karen Keys] at I’ve made some of the group’s info public, so you can see what we’ve been up to.

T4T’s purpose statement is as follows:

To provide a forum for learning and discussion of the use of technology with teens, to liaise with other groups and organizations on technology issues, to promote the use of technology and other media, to suggest ways to use those media with teens, and to advocate equal access.

In the past, the group has worked on a variety of things: drafting technology core competences, proposing awards, blogging, and hosting programs at ALA Annual.

The group is holding a humdinger of a session at this year’s ALA Annual in Washington, DC. The program, Lights! Camera! Booktrailers!, will feature best practices for creating and promoting booktrailers and video to highlight collections, programs, and services for teens.’  Several of the best and brightest young adult librarians will be participating in the panel, as well as teen author Simone Elkeles.

Like the other interest and discussion groups featured on the YALSA Blog this week, the T4T Interest Group will be soliciting the names of YALSA members interested in convening (or co-convening) the group in its next stage. Like Jennifer Balaco previously stated, it’s a good way to get involved. Submit your name to me [Karen Keys] at by Monday, May 3. Convener elections will be held May 24.

Chant with me now, “T4T IG! T4T IG! T4T IG!”