Show off your Teen Tech Week skills Tell us about your amazing Teen Tech Week plans! YALSA and the Technology for Young Adults committee seek presenters for a poster session on Teen Tech Week best practices for the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Applications are due on Oct. 17.’  Learn more and apply at the Tech Poster Session webpage.

Get the word out for Teen Read Week Teen Read Week is coming up fast! Tell your community and school what you’re planning by using the Teen Read Week publicity tools and listing your events on the 2009 Teen Read Week wiki.

Register for YALSA’s pre-Midwinter events Registration is now open for YALSA’s pre-Midwinter events! Sign up for the Midwinter Institute, “Libraries 3.0: Teen Edition” (featuring Cory Doctorow and others) and’ Midwinter Social Event,’ “Games, Gadgets & Gurus.” Register for both and save! Register through Midwinter registration or, if you only want to attend these two events, by downloading this form (PDF; skip section I) and following the directions at the YALSA wiki.’ Want to add these events to an existing registration? You can add events two ways: (1) By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration.; (2) Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking on this link. Use your log in and password to access your existing Midwinter registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you’ve added. You can see all of YALSA’s plans for Midwinter at the YALSA Midwinter Wiki,

After the jump, find out how to apply to edit YALSA’s new literature blog, propose new continuing education for YALSA, and apply for more than $40,000 in grants and awards from YALSA!

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Teen Read Week Registration Winding Down Teen Read Week registration ends next week! If you haven’t already, sign up today and take a stand for the importance of teen reading. After you register, check out the Teen Read Week website for activity ideas and publicity tools (including PSAs featuring Nancy Cartwright) to get attention for your celebration. TRW registration ends Sept. 18.

Make Sure Your Teens Voice Their Choice Teens’ Top Ten voting is in the final stretch, too! Teens can vote online at for their favorite books from the last year through Sept. 18. Then, tune in during Teen Read Week for a webcast announcing the winners, featuring Superstars and Divas from World Wrestling Entertainment.

Tech Poster Proposals Now Open YALSA will sponsor a poster session at ALA Annual Conference 2010 on Teen Tech Week! Show off your work in DC this summer. Proposals accepted through Oct. 16. Read our Tech Poster Session page for details.

After the jump, learn more about YALSA’s latest book, how to get your program or poster into the 2010 YA Lit Symposium, and how you can win an online course from YALSA!

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I am the current chair of the Technology for Young Adults Committee. I had scheduled a meeting outside of All Committee (where all of the committees meet for 2 hours in the morning on Saturday at conference) in case we needed it to be able to continue our work. It turned out we didn’t, but one of the committee members had a conflict for the morning meeting so she and I planned to meet in the afternoon. When we both got to the scheduled room there was a pleasant surprise. About eight people we had never seen before were there!

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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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