Free Image Hosting at I usually try not to brag on my library system too much here but I’m throwing that out the window today for this one. We have an animation station that is awesome and has so much amazing potential and we’re kicking it off for Teen Tech Week. It is a traveling station (sorry, just to branches within the system :)) created by John Lemmon (who should have a Wikipedia page-and no, he’s not the John Lemmon philosopher from Sheffield, UK) with GarageBand 3, I Can Animate, and iMovie. We’re creating a short informational video and will keep you posted on what teens create while using it.

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There was a post on the YALSA blog in August about print teen magazines going online here and here.
This week, Arkadium announces a partnership with Hearst Corp. to develop web-based games for CosmoGIRL!, Seventeen, and Teen. Read the article here. Is anyone creating online games for Teen Tech Week for their library? I’ve seen several libraries with online games for summer reading, or just an introduction to their library and of course there is Hot Books. Creating games to keep people interested and interactive in a service sounds like a great idea.

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If you’re already working with a local jail or juvenile detention center, or have always considered working with one, why not try Teen Tech Week as a reason to start? Can you bring in a hand held recorder and ask the teens to talk about their favorite technology, transfer to Audacity, and then have them listen? Can you bring different cameras in to show what kind of features they have? I read an article this morning and watched a short video on what one man in town does to inspire teens with photography and thought it might work at the jail as well. Or this article for working with music. Sometimes, CD covers can be interesting to the teens for their lyrics and photos. Is there a CD player available that they can listen to their favorite music on? Can you bring your iPod? Has your library or community been part of a film fest with movies created by teens? Can you bring in a DVD of those to show? DDR can be great exercise as well as a lot of fun for the teens. Can you bring in a laptop for the teens to add content to for a blog that can be later uploaded if the jail doesn’t have wifi -or just ask them to write something on paper which could be transferred to a blog. What other ideas do you have?

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Wow, what a crowd. The room was setup for 150 people and almost every seat was taken. Obviously this was an event of big interest to teen librarians. The kickoff program included:

  • Teen Tech Week Task Force members Jami Schwarzwalder and Stephanie Iser telling about program ideas for librarians to sponsor during Teen Tech Week.
  • Rachel Johnson from ALA Graphics showed the products that are available for Teen Tech Week. Rachel also announced a display contest being hosted by ALA graphics. The contest is to see what librarians do with TTW products in a library display. More information on the contest is forthcoming.
  • Jason Wells from Abrams Publishing highlighted Lauren Myracle’s books and announced that they are hosting a contest (details to come) in honor of TTW and the winning library will get a visit from Lauren Myracle to their library.
  • Rob Cullin from E•vanced Solutions (who is providing the registration technology for Teen Tech Week) talked about their product and how they are supporting TTW.
  • Roger Rosen and Miriam Gilbert from Rosen Publishing discussed their commitment to TTW and teen services and announced the launch of their new Health and Wellness database for teens. Rosen Publishing will be giving away a one-year subscription to the Teen Health and Wellness database to one of the libraries registered for TTW. (More details will be forthcoming.)
  • George Cigale from was the last speaker of the morning. Cigale talked about’s support of TTW. The company is going to give away a one-month subscription to the service to one TTW registered library. (More details will be forthcoming.)

Obviously there are a lot of good projects in the works for TTW. Keep tuned to the blog and the TTW website and wiki for more information as it becomes available.

And, don’t forget to register for TTW in order to become eligible for lots of great prizes.

During October a small group of YALSA bloggers are posting ideas and information about positive uses of social networking tools in schools and libraries. Here’s positive use #25.

Social networking technologies often allow for people to express their own opinions. A teen can set up their own blog in less than five minutes, post a comment on a forums board, or share what materials they are reading through LibraryThing. Check out SLJs recent article and podcast on LibraryThing here.

People who read and contribute to blogs, forums boards, wikis, etc. are being given the choice to be exposed to information that they might not otherwise come across as readily. Is it not slightly ironic, that DOPA targets school and public libraries, which are places that historically protect the freedom to access information?

It is my opinion that there are many parallels between Banned Books and freedom in the digital world. Making connections between the two, as well as being familiar with sites such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation might help us understand why DOPA is not the beginning and is not going to be the end of legislation affecting the digital world. It might help us to want to inform the teens we work with who use these technolgies of what the bigger picture is and not just be reactive or hope it will go away.

I wonder if Teen Tech Week might be one of many places to continue the dialogue of freedoms in the digital world and why/how it is just as important as protecting our freedom to read books.

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Lonelygirl15 calls herself ‘Bree’ and has been leaving posts on YouTube since May to share different things about her life with viewers such as complaining about her parents or talking about her relationship with Daniel. Recently, tracking software set up by fans of lonelygirl15 found that the posts might have been part of a marketing campaign and ‘Bree’ wasn’t really who she pretended to be.

Turns out the marketing campaign was really a group of friends that wanted to tell a story-“A story that could only be told using the medium of video blogs and the distribution power of the Internet. A story that is interactive and constantly evolving with the audience.”

What about promoting programs through YouTube in a way that is a lead-in to something that might not be expected at your library? Keep them guessing and intrigued. Have teens create short videos to post on YouTube and create an interest in story telling and encourage interaction. What might that look like? Music in lonelygirl15’s videos alerted viewers of a local band that happened to be in town or ‘Bree’ would respond to viewers posts by making cookies they suggested. Great potential for promoting Teen Read Week or Teen Tech Week this way. Or even promoting storytelling and interactivity.

These ideas remind me of the article written by Erin Helmrich of Ann Arbor Public Library-
“What Teens Want: What Libraries Can Learn From MTV”, Young Adult Library Services (Spring 2004): 11-13 which is about learning how to integrate pop culture into publicity and promotions to teens.

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