Teen Tech Week registrants receive access to online resources

Contact: Nichole Gilbert
Program Officer
For Immediate Release
December 1, 2006

Teen Tech WeekTM registrants receive access to online resources

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer access to online resources from Rosen Publishing and Tutor.com to people who register for Teen Tech WeekTM by February 1, 2007. Teen Tech WeekTM is a new YALSA celebration aimed at getting teens to use their libraries for the different technologies that are offered there, such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, video games and more.

Registration is now available on the Teen Tech WeekTM Web site at www.ala.org/teentechweek. Teen Tech WeekTM will be celebrated for the first time March 4-10, 2007.

Teen Tech WeekTM registrants will be entered into a drawing for a free year’s subscription, and every registrant will have one-month free access to Rosen Publishing’s new online database, Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers; and two week’s free access to Tutor.com’s Live Homework Help and Ask A Librarian online services. Librarians will have access to these resources during Teen Tech Week so they can incorporate them into their activities and programming.

Rosen Publishing’s database, Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers, provides students with comprehensive curricular support and self-help tools on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life and more. Developed for teens, with their unique concerns and perspective in mind, all content is reviewed by leading professionals in medicine, mental health, nutrition, guidance and career counseling. Teen Tech WeekTM registrants will have access to the database from March 1 – March 31.

Tutor.com’s Live Homework Help connects students to expert tutors who are live online while Ask A Librarian connects users to professional librarians online to chat, share Web sites and print materials 24-hours a day. Teen Tech WeekTM registrants will have access beginning Teen Tech WeekTM, March 4-10, 2007, through March 17, 2007.

Teen use of nonprint resources has increased dramatically in recent years, yet more and more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. According to a recent study by Harris Interactive, 86 percent of youth aged 8-18 in 2005 had a computer in their home, and 74 percent had Internet access in their home. On average, 8-18 year olds spent 6 hours and 21 minutes per day using media (including TV, video/DVDs/movies, video games, audio media, computers and print media). According to Pew Internet Research, 71 percent of teens reported that the Internet was their primary source for completing school projects. Yet multiple studies have shown that the majority of teens lack the critical thinking skills and technical expertise to use the Internet and other electronic resources effectively.

Teen Tech WeekTM registration is made possible by using a program from E*vanced Solutions. E*vanced Solutions, Inc., offer web-based software for public and academic libraries geared at managing library programs and events, registration, meeting and study rooms, and summer and year-round reading programs and interest groups.

Teen Tech WeekTM’s Promotional Partners are Tutor.com and Rosen Publishing. For information about becoming a Teen Tech WeekTM Corporate Sponsor or Promotional Partner, visit the Teen Tech WeekTM Web site at www.ala.org/teentechweek.

For nearly 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.