November 18, 2017

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#MakerSpace: 1 Year Later

We have spent the last year at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) turning our Teen Space into a Teen MakerSpace. Today on School Library Journal I’m sharing with you 11 things we have learned 1 year later. The Beginning of Our Journey Here is the original article in School Library […]

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Panels on College Readiness; Snapchat; Instagram 101

Though teenagers’ needs may be more complex than ever, there are also plenty of tools available to make reaching those patrons easier, according to several panelists who spoke at SLJTeen Live.

Teen Services Positions at Risk at Broward County Library

Broward County (FL) Library is set to change the designation of a number of youth librarian positions, a potential cost-cutting measure intended to increase service hours to all patrons. Some are concerned about the impact on teen programming.

“TLT” Blog Seeks Contributors for YA Lit and Mental Health Project

A discussion of mental health and YA, #MHYALit, has launched on the Teen Librarian Toolbox blog. Contributors are wanted to pen guest posts and share resources.

Teen Charm Offensive: Fostering Positive Attitudes About YA Programming

How to develop the essential “soft skills” to communicate with colleagues who may be less than enthusiastic about teens and young adult programming.

YA Smackdown at 2015 ALA Midwinter

At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, teen services librarians dipped into the “challenge bucket” and talked fandoms, profanity, and crying teens during the YA Smackdown sessions.

Minding the Gap with Teen Services Underground

Teen services librarians longing for practical yet convivial professional dialogue have found it online in the blog “Teen Services Underground,” which debuted during the American Library Association’s 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The Evolution of a Teen Librarian and Teen Services at Williamson County (TN) Public Library

Erin Holt hit the ground running when she joined the teen services group at Williamson County (TN) Public Library six months ago. With her ideas and energy, the support of her director and teen staff, and the willingness to let teens drive the programming and focus of “their” library, Holt has been able to create a teen space that has proven to be wildly successful.

Popular Blog ‘Teen Librarian Toolbox’ Joins SLJ

School Library Journal has a new blog: “Teen Librarian Toolbox” (TLT). A professional development hub for teen librarians created by Karen Jensen, TLT has been a popular resource, featuring book reviews, coverage of exemplary teen programming, technology, and social and developmental issues related to teenagers.