YALSA announces 2014 Teen Tech Week™

For Immediate Release
Fri, 11/15/2013

Contact:

Jaclyn Finneke
Communications Manager
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
jfinneke@ala.org

CHICAGO – The time has come to DIY @ your library! Registration for Teen Tech Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library, is now open at www.ala.org/teentechweek.

Teen Tech Week is March 9-15, 2014, with a theme of DIY @ your library, and is a chance to demonstrate the value your library gives to the community.  Use the week to raise awareness about how your library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. From maker spaces, to coding classes to online knitting clubs, libraries can leverage the do-it-yourself theme to show how libraries provide meaningful contributions to the educational and social development of the teens in your community. 

 “Teen Tech Week is a great opportunity for libraries to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to teens and their families,” said YALSA President Shannon Peterson. “Signing up for the site helps demonstrate that libraries around the country consider technology an important part of teen lives and an important part of the programs and services offered by libraries.”

Registrant benefits include monthly free webinars beginning in December and materials from TTW Partners. For more information and to join, please visit the Teen Tech Week website. Help get the word out about this event with the hashtag #TTW14.

Libraries should also check out the new ALA Graphics Winter 2013 catalog featuring YALSA’s Teen Tech Week theme — DIY @ your library® on the cover. Emphasize your participation with the new poster and bookmark to show that libraries can connect in meaningful ways with the teens in your community. The Teen Tech Week™ DIY CD, which includes the layered poster and bookmark files, along with easy-to-print PDFs, program ideas and Web files, allows you to take it to the next level. With some design experience, you can customize your posters and bookmarks, create new promotional materials and brand your entire TTW program. Visit the ALA Store online to purchase your TTW products today.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens gain the digital literacy skills they need—with the help of libraries—in order to be successful in school and prepared to participate in a 21st century workforce.

 For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, yalsa@ala.org.