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Discussion Forming a TAG/TAB from scratch

by David Senator (non-member) on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 11:12 am

I've been hired as a Teen Programmer by a small, rural library that is JUST STARTING to offer teen services.  By just starting, I mean, I'm it and I've been here 4 days.  This is my first library job ever (and I'm still 12 hours away from completing my MLIS).  There are so many things school doesn't prepare you for.  I've got A LOT of ideas, and I really want to start a TAG, do movie and game nights, offer book talks, etc, etc -  but my biggest challenge is implementing programming in a library that previosuly has done nothing to reach the teen population. 

I've been hired as a Teen Programmer by a small, rural library that is JUST STARTING to offer teen services.  By just starting, I mean, I'm it and I've been here 4 days.  This is my first library job ever (and I'm still 12 hours away from completing my MLIS).  There are so many things school doesn't prepare you for.  I've got A LOT of ideas, and I really want to start a TAG, do movie and game nights, offer book talks, etc, etc -  but my biggest challenge is implementing programming in a library that previosuly has done nothing to reach the teen population. 

I've seen on these boards where some libraries started tags using current volunteers - I don't even have THAT luxurary!  We have no volunteers!

I was wondering if anyone else out there has this problem, and what they did to overcome it?  I mean, ideas are great, but if the teens don't know or care about it, what good does it do?  How do you effectively do outreach to an previously overlooked/underserved population in a rural area?  Many of these kids don't have internet service because its not availabe. 

To date - I've started a Facebook page, and put a notice in the local paper that our library is starting a teen program.  There is also a survey available asking teens what they want to see done, if they're interested in joining TAG and how to best communicate with them.  I've had 5 returned.

Any ideas/thoughts for this newbie is greatly appreciated.

THANKS!!  :-)

 

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Discussion Teen Advisory?

by Elena Villeco (non-member) on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 03:51 pm

What exactly is a Teen Advisory Group?  What do you do?  I am just newly starting out at a library where I will be planning events for teens, so I am interested in learning more about this kind of thing!

Discussion Food and TAGs

by William Harris (non-member) on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Hello all,

    I am curious on how many of you bring food and drink to your TAG meetings. If so, do you have pizza and soda or just snacks? Do you believe that food / drink is important for this type of program.

Bill

Discussion Create a Resource for TAGs

by William Harris (non-member) on Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

I would like our group to create a resource for library staff to start their own TAG. What do you believe we would need to include for it to be a success? What mechanism should we use? (ex: Wiki)

Thanks!!!

Bill

Discussion Meeting at ALA Annual

by William Harris (non-member) on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 09:03 pm

ALA Annual is a great opportunity for meeting in-person and brainstorming about ways to improve interest and activity in the Teen Advisory Groups Interest Group. If you are planning on attending ALA Annual and wish to meet as a group, please leave a comment below. We can figure out the place and date/time later. However, if you have a suggestion, please let me know.

Thanks,

Bill

Discussion Modifying the Wiki

by William Harris (non-member) on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 01:11 pm

Hello all,

     We are starting work on the TAGs Wiki. The old TAGs committee used the Wiki back in 2007, but we need to make it current. Do you have any suggestions on changes? Natalie and I were looking on getting something together for librarians starting a new TAG or wanting to make changes.

Link:  http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/Teen_Advisory_Groups

Thanks,

Hello all,

     We are starting work on the TAGs Wiki. The old TAGs committee used the Wiki back in 2007, but we need to make it current. Do you have any suggestions on changes? Natalie and I were looking on getting something together for librarians starting a new TAG or wanting to make changes.

Link:  http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/Teen_Advisory_Groups

Thanks,

Bill HarrisCo-Convenor YALSA Teen Advisory Groups Interest Groupwharris3@mail.usf.edu

 

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Discussion TAGS Convenor

by Natalie Struecker on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 02:51 pm

Looking to get more involved in YALSA and ALA?  Elections for the convenors for all of the Interest Groups are going on now.  Let us know if you're interested in 'running' one of the Interest Groups for the next year!

 

 

Discussion Using volunteers

by Natalie Struecker on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 02:49 pm

In my last library, I started my Teen Advisory Group by recruiting the summer volunteers who were already coming into the library during the summer.  Each meeting had some sort of meal, pizza, mac and cheese, subs, something, and a craft project, along with talking about programs.  Most of the volunteers came during the school year and volunteered again the next summer.

 

In my last library, I started my Teen Advisory Group by recruiting the summer volunteers who were already coming into the library during the summer.  Each meeting had some sort of meal, pizza, mac and cheese, subs, something, and a craft project, along with talking about programs.  Most of the volunteers came during the school year and volunteered again the next summer.

 

At my current position, the Teen Advisory Group was going strong before I started.  The local Catholic high school requires volunteer hours, so our group mostly goes to school there.  I have been including sign-up forms on the back of every brochure and information I hand out at the schools and at all the contact desks in the library, so I occasionally get new members.  With most of my group graduating from high school this year, recruiting new members is going to be a priority!

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Discussion Goals & Objectives

by William Harris (non-member) on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Hello all,

    We are finally starting to get some members to join this group. I thought it would be a great idea to see what everybody is expecting in relation to goals for this interest group. Do we want to create some resources for librarians operating teen advisory groups? Should we start a blog or Wiki? Please feel free to give some comments on some ideas for this group. 

Thanks,

Bill Harris

Co-Convenor YALSA Teen Advisory Groups Interest Group

wharris3@mail.usf.edu

 

 

To provide a forum for the learning, discussion and promotion of Teen Advisory Groups (TAGs) as a critical part of library services to all teens.  This includes library Teen Advisory Groups and all other forms of teens as advisors in libraries.  The Interest Group will promote and maintain a YALSA TAGs online presence, including but not limited to blog postings and web site and wiki content.

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