Connect, Create, Collaborate: Supporting Teen Needs with Technology


This course is not currently being offered as part of the 2015 course schedule; however, it is available to groups interested in holding a licensed presentation for their organization.

In this course, participants will learn why teens need librarians to integrate technology into every aspect of service from homework help to readers advisory to programming. They will also learn how libraries can integrate technology into the services they provide by using a wide-range of tools and devices including mobile technology and content creation hardware and software. Participants will complete the course knowing how, through technology integration, librarians can help teens to succeed in problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, and learning. Over the past several years, technology has not only become a part of the every day life experience of teens, but it's also an integral part of the lives of the librarians that serve the age group. From Twitter to Vine and from coding to website creation, librarians and teens are using tech tools to connect, create, collaborate, and consume. Yet, for many librarians, technology remains an add-on to teen services and is not yet considered an integral part of service to adolescents.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the course will:

  • Learn how teen use of technology, even social use of technology, supports successful adolescent development and learning.
  • Understand how to advocate with administrators, colleagues, parents, and community members for full support of teen library technology integration.
  • Know how to integration technology in order to support a variety of traditional teen library services and functions including collection development, readers' advisory, homework support, and programming.
  • Get ideas on how to involve teens in the process of integrating technology into the full range of programs and services provided by the library.

Who Should Attend

  • Teen services librarians
  • Public librarians
  • School librarians
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Literacy-focused professionals who work directly with teens and tweens


Linda W. Braun



For groups interested in a group-exclusive offering of this course (minimum 15 participants) $155 per person.


How to Register

This course is currently available only as an organization-exclusive offering. For inquiries about how employees at your organization can participate in an offering exclusive to your group, please contact Program Officer, Continuing Education Nicole Gibby-Munguia at or 1-312-280-5293.

Registrations are accepted via online registration system, paper registration form, mail, or fax. Check, money order, purchase order or credit card must accompany registration to reserve space in this course.Fax registrations are accepted for credit card and purchase orders only.

Tech Requirements

This course is hosted through Moodle.


For organizations requesting an organization-exclusive offering of the course, an application for CEU credits may be filed upon request. This course may be eligible for 1.5 CEUs.



Contact Nicole Gibby-Munguia, YALSA's Program Officer, Continuing Education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.