For immediate release | May 1, 2012

Connect teens with online tools in YALSA’s Source Code: Digital Youth Participation preconference

CHICAGO — As virtual and physical worlds continue to converge, teens need tools and support to harness information in a way that is meaningful to their particular needs and interests and as participants in diverse social and learning environments. Join YALSA for Source Code, a preconference panel session featuring experts who use technology to provide cutting edge and high impact programming to help young adults build 21st century skills as content creators and leaders in their library communities.

The preconference takes place 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, in Anaheim, Calif., in advance of ALA’s Annual Conference. Tickets for this half-day preconference cost $129 and include light refreshments.

Panelists include:

  • Katherine Trouern-Trend, youth services librarian, Hartford (Conn.) Public Library on creating a digital project with teens using Google Tools;
  • Jennifer Nichols, librarian supervisor, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, Ariz., and Jacqueline Welsh, student/graduate assistant, University of Arizona SIRLS/Pima County Public Library, Tucson, Ariz.;
  • Monique Delatte Starkey, associate professor, Fullerton College, instructor and author, YALSA’s "Practical Programming: The Best of YA-YAAC," adjunct librarian, Rio Hondo College (previously teen librarian, La Puente Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library) on teen digital projects at La Puente Library;
  • Platform Share - attendees and librarians/library teens joining us virtually through Google will brainstorm ways to use social media sites for teen content creation;
  • Mary Ann Harlan, San Jose State University GSLIS lecturer on research on teen content creation from "Teen Content Creators : Experiences of Using Information to Learn"; and
  • Sara Sunshine Holloway, teen librarian, Tacoma (Wash.) Public Library, and Kristy Gale, teen librarian, Tacoma Public Library, on teen content creation and digital media learning via Tacoma Public Library’s Digital Media Storylab.

You can purchase tickets, along with registration for the ALA Annual Conference, at Advanced registration ends May 13. If you have already registered and would like to add the Source Code preconference to your registration, you can do so (1) by phone: Call ALA Registration at 1 (800) 974-3084 and ask to add the Source Code preconference to your existing registration; or (2) Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking this Annual Registration link. Use your login and password to access your existing Annual registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you’ve added.

Find out about the many ALA Annual Conference & Exhibits highlights as they’re added—speakers, events, networking opportunities and more. For general information about the meeting in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26, 2012, visit us at Get the best discount with Early Bird Registration, open until midnight, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association

1-800-545-2433 ext.2128