Welcome to September's YA Forum where we'll discuss the issue of eContent and Teen Services. Sarah Sogigian, Advisor for Youth Services for the Massachusetts Library System, is our moderator for this month's discussion. To kick off our week's discussion, we're wondering, what kinds of professional development on eContent would help you be better prepared for the constant changes in technology in our world?
YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Division
Join the Association for Library Service to Children, the Public Library Association, and the Young Adult Library Services Association for an update on summer reading. This session will include an update on the progress of YALSA’s two minigrants made possible through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The minigrants support the implementation of innovative summer reading programs for teens, especially to underserved teen populations and funding for libraries to train and use teens as interns to provide support during libraries’ summer reading programs. PLA will provide an overview about their IMLS-funded pilot research and design of a national digital summer reading (NDSR) program website application (app). Finally, ALSC will provide information on the latest summer reading resources and tools, including taking your summer reading program online.
This session will feature speakers from the ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) Youth Services SIG sharing "lightning talks" on their current research in YA library services and resources. Following the brief talks, participants will gather in break-out groups with the speakers to discuss the research as it relates to YALSA's Research Agenda and related YA topics, and the session will conclude with a group debriefing. This format follows the Research Forum of the 2012 Midwinter Meeting, and we're looking forward to the contributions and participation of YALSA members this year.