Connect, Create, Collaborate: Supporting Teen Needs with Technology

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. 

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.

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

Young adult librarians, school librarians, teachers, administrators, and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens.

Course Requirements

Participation is this course will require approximately 2.5 hours (asynchronous) per week to:

  • Read the online course material
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete online exercises

Instructor(s)

Linda W. Braun is a YALSA past president, the Youth Services Manager at the Seattle Public Library, and a Professor of Practice for Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Date(s) & Time(s)

This course is not currently scheduled to be offered, but is available to be licensed for presentation to your library by contacting Nicole Gibby Munguia at nmunguia@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5293.

Course Length

Six weeks

Fee

  • $155 YALSA members
  • $195 ALA Members
  • $215 nonmembers

Course Pairings

Interested in other technology focused classes? Check out Reaching Teens with Gaming!

Registration

Registration for this course is not presently available.

Contact

Nicole Gibby Munguia, YALSA's program officer for continuing education, at nmunguia@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.