Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.
Celebrate with the “Libraries are for Making...” theme during YALSA’s Teen Tech Week March 8-14, 2015. Demonstrate the value your library gives to the community by offering teens a space to extend learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. Libraries can tailor the making theme to show your community exactly how you connect in meaningful ways with teens in order to help them gain the digital literacy skills they need to be successful. Help get the word out about this event with the hashtag #TTW15
Competencies for Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces
By: Kyungwon Koh, PhD and June Abbas, PhD
Learning Labs and Makerspaces in libraries and museums are transformative learning spaces, in which users explore both traditional and digital media, interact with mentors and peers, and engage in expressive and creative projects. These spaces provide access to a…Continue
Gear up for Teen Tech Week™ with monthly Twitter chats, starting Friday, January 23rd from 12-1PM EST.
This month's topic will be "Utilizing Teen Tech Trends in TTW Programming." Participate by using the hashtag #TTW15 and tweetchat.com to follow the conversation.
The other two twitter chats will take place on the following dates:
Thursday, Feb 12th, 12-1PM EST : Publicity Strategies for TTW
Wednesday, March 4th, 12-1PM EST: "Libraries are for Making _______"
Be sure to save the date for three additional Teen Tech Week webinars. Additional details and registration will be available soon!
Through generous funding provided by Best Buy, YALSA will distribute 20 grants of $1,000 each to support digital literacy programming. The application deadline is January 1, 2015. Grant recipients will be announced on or around January 26, 2015.
Apply through the online form.
To determine if you are eligible to apply, you must answer yes to the following questions
To become a YALSA member, join online or by phone, 800-545-2433 (press 5). For more information, please visit the …Continue
Preparing teens for the workforce is a major concern in the U.S. In the last three decades, the skills required for teens to succeed in the workforce have changed drastically, but the skills emphasized in schools have not kept up with these changes. Reaching teens through libraries is a natural fit. Libraries bridge the gap between in-school and out-of-school time, helping teens learn through digital media so they can achieve more academically and develop the digital and media literacy skills they will need in order to be informed, productive citizens. In 2010, half of the nation’s 14 - 18 year olds reported visiting a library to use a computer. A 2011 student from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Opportunity for All, reported that youth ages 14-24 make up 25% of all library users, which made them the largest group in study.