For immediate release | February 11, 2014

YALSA partners with Best Buy for Teen Tech Week™ 2014

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced a partnership with Best Buy to support YALSA’s annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library, Teen Tech Week.

“This partnership is so important to YALSA because it helps us make strides toward fulfilling our mission of expanding and strengthening libraries’ capacity to serve teens,” said Shannon Peterson, YALSA President. “It also supports the philanthropic focus of Best Buy, which is to inspire teens through technology and help them develop 21st-century skills.”

Teen Tech Week (TTW) is March 9-15, 2014, with a theme of DIY @ your library, and is a chance to demonstrate the value libraries give to the community. Participating libraries use the week to raise awareness about how they create 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 clubs, libraries can leverage the DIY (Do It Yourself) theme to show how libraries provide meaningful contributions to the educational and social development of the teens in their community. To learn more or to sign up for the online community, please visit

Best Buy Geek Squad Agents and store associates will hold teen tech workshops in seven different libraries in cities across the country to provide hands-on training that will help teens build digital literacy skills. Cities include: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Seattle. This partnership will allow YALSA to direct resources toward closing the digital and knowledge divide for teens, such as through a grant making effort where 20 libraries will each receive $1,000 to use towards digital programs and services. The partnership is also supporting a webinar series to help build the knowledge and skills of librarians and library workers.

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,



Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)