Teens and the Future of Libraries with YALSA

About this Series

We know that it's crucial for teens to have regular access to digital technology, and we know that libraries can serve as safe spaces for connected learning. Join us as we take a month-long look together at the roles social media and teens play in the future of public and school libraries. We want to discuss the challenges surrounding leveraging social media in library programs. We need to hear your input on what has (or even has not) been working in your own library environment. And we look forward to sharing best practices from across the globe. Don't miss out!

Monthly Webinar Series

Calendar

Kick-off event featuring Jack Martin and Mimi Ito
10:00 AM PST
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Overview of the month's focus on teens and the future of libraries
10:00 AM PST
Week 1: Hangout & Chat featuring Craig Watkins
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THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUTH ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY IN LIBRARIES
10:00 AM PST
Week 2: Hangout & Chat featuring Nichole Pinkard
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EFFECTIVELY LEVERAGING SOCIAL MEDIA IN LIBRARY PROGRAMS
10:00 AM PST
Week 3: Hangout & Chat featuring danah boyd
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GETTING LIBRARY & IT ADMINS ON-BOARD WITH LEVERAGING SOCIAL MEDIA
10:00 AM PST
Final Week: Hangout & Chat featuring Buffy Hamilton
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TEENS AND THE FUTURE OF LIBRARIES: SHARING BEST PRACTICES

Partners

Young Adult Library Services Association: a Division of the American Library Association (ALA). YALSA is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18.

Bios

Jack Martin is YALSA's 2012-2013 President. His presidential theme is YALSA: Connect, Create, Collaborate. Jack has worked in public libraries since the age of thirteen when his mom volunteered him to work at his local library in Cornelia, Georgia. Most recently Martin was the Director of Public Programs / Lifelong Learning at The New York Public Library, where he headed up programming for all ages (especially teens!) in 89 libraries across The Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. You can Follow him on Twitter at @yalsapresident and @jacksondevious.

Mizuko (Mimi) Ito is a cultural anthropologist, studying youth new media practices in the US and Japan. She oversees research activities of the Digital Media and Learning Hub and is Chair of the MacArthur Research Network on Connected Learning. She is a Professor in Residence at the UC Humanities Research Institute, and has appointments at the Department of Informatics and the Department of Anthropology, and is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at UC Irvine. You can Follow her on Twitter at @mizuko.

Beth Yoke has been the Executive Director of YALSA since 2004--she has overseen the expansion of YALSA as well as the implementation of new initiatives such as the biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium. Prior to working at YALSA, Yoke worked as a university librarian at Fairmont State University, as a school librarian in Stafford, VA, and an elementary school teacher in New Orleans, LA. You can Follow her on Twitter at @YALSA_Director.

Linda Braun is a past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association and served as YALSA's blog manager from 2006 to 2009. She is also an Educational Technology Consultant with "Librarians & Educators Online," and Professor of Practice for Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and edits YALS--YALSA's award-winning official journal. You can Follow her on Twitter at @lbraun2000.

Crystle Martin is a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Digital Media and Learning Hub's Connected Learning Research Network at University of California Humanities Research Institute. She is a member of Games+Learning+Society (GLS) and past Co-Chair of the GLS Conference. Her research interests include interest-driven and informal learning, literacy, collective intelligence, and online affinity spaces. She has previously served as a Graduate Reference Assistant for Wayne State University's library, and Public Services Project Assistant at the University of Madison-Wisconsin's School of Library and Information Studies.