YALSA plans Twitter Take Over with partners for 2015 Teen Tech Week™

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/03/2015

Contact:

Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

alam@ala.org

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will turn over its @yalsa Twitter account to a different partner each day of Teen Tech Week, March 8 – 14, 2015.

Partners will use the opportunity to inform and engage YALSA’s 29,000+ Twitter followers about relevant issues from their perspectives, as well as share resources of interest to YALSA’s audience. Topics will include connected learning, digital badges, making and makerspaces, practical tips for using digital tools, technology policy matters and more.  

Partners for the Take Over include:

Libraries wishing to celebrate Teen Tech Week can sign up on the Teen Tech Week website for access to free digital downloads of themed posters, bookmarks, webinars and other resources.

Learn more about making in libraries via the resources on YALSA’s wiki, including a free webinar and downloadable toolkit.  Read YALSA’s recent report “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” to learn more about libraries’ role in helping teens extend their learning beyond the classroom in order to gain the digital literacy skills needed for 21st century careers.  The report can be accessed at www.ala.org/yaforum.

Teen Tech Week is a national celebration that offers libraries the chance to highlight all of the digital tools, resources and services they offer to teens and their families. It will be celebrated with the theme “Libraries are for Making…” and takes place March 8-14. To learn more about Teen Tech Week, visit www.ala.org/teentechweek, or check out #TTW15 on Twitter. Best Buy is the official sponsor of Teen Tech Week.

Supplemental products related to Teen Tech Week and digital literacy, such as a Makerspace Safety poster, a Good Digital Citizen poster and bookmark and YALSA’s Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA’s Initiative publication are available for purchase through the ALA Store.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff 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.