YALSA to offer online course “New Technologies & New Literacies for Teens”

Contact: Nichole Gilbert



For Immediate Release

December 20, 2005

YALSA to offer online course “New Technologies & New Literacies for Teens”

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering an online course called “New Technologies & New Literacies for Teens” from February 6 to March 6, 2006.

During this four week online course, participants will become familiar with the tools and techniques teens use to communicate and collaborate online, learn how to inform their own community about best practices that support teen's technology-based print literacies, have the opportunity to talk with others about teen use of technology and how that use improves literacy skills, and create framework for a program or service at their library that supports teen technology-based print literacy.

Linda Braun and Monique leConge will teach the course.

Linda Braun is an educational technology consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online. In her job she works with schools, libraries, and other types of educational institutions to help them figure out the best way to integrate technology into their programs and services. She is an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, a columnist for VOYA, and has written several books on topics related to teens and technology.

Monique le Conge has worked as a library consultant for libraries around the state of California and the Benicia High School Library, as a librarian for the Solano County Library, and as a young adult librarian for the Benicia Public Library before being selected as the library director in 1998. In October 2004, she assumed the position of library director for the Richmond Public Library, and became the director of library and community services for Richmond in May 2005, expanding her management area to include recreation and arts and culture. Her professional activities have included committee assignments with the American Library Association, serving on the Caldecott and Batchelder Medal Committees, chairing the Children and Technology Committee, which developed the 700+ Great Web Sites for Kids; with the California Library Association; and as president for the Management Services Section of the California Library Association, BayNet, and the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California.

Registration for the course is available on line until January 31 at

YALSA is the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens. On January 23 at the Youth Media Awards Press Conference at ALA's Midwinter Meeting, YALSA will announce the 2006 winners of its three literary awards: the Alex Awards for adult books with teen appeal, the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime contribution to young adult literature, and the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. For more information about these awards or for additional lists of recommended reading, go to
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists. For more information about YALSA, please contact us via email,
yalsa@ala.org; or by phone at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4390.