YALSA offers interactive presentations for Teen Tech Week™

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist




For Immediate Release

January 13, 2009

CHICAGO —Librarians seeking inspiration for Teen Tech Week™ can find it in three new multimedia presentations created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Teen Tech Week 2009 takes place March 8–14, with a theme of Press Play @ your library®, encouraging teens to take advantage of the many technologies available to them, free of charge, at their libraries. Registration is available at
www.ala.org/teentechweek through Feb. 8.

The presentations — “Getting Started with Teen Tech Week,” “Teen Tech Week in School Library Media Centers” and “Teen Tech Week on a Budget” — were created using VoiceThread. Viewers can leave comments in text, video or audio form on the presentation, suggesting their own ideas for other viewers or to receive feedback from the creators of the presentations. All three presentations, plus a PDF guide on using VoiceThread, are available by visiting
www.ala.org/teentechweek and clicking “Resources” at the top of the page.

“Librarians can use these presentations as a starting point in planning a Teen Tech Week event,” said Teen Tech Week chair Stephanie Iser. “We hope viewers will use the commenting tools to add their own ideas, questions and feedback to the presentations.”

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The initiative encourages teens to become competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks and videogames. Teen Tech Week also recognizes that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 with a general theme of Get Connected @ your library. Teen Tech Week Promotional Partners include ALA Graphics, Evanced Solutions, Rosen Publishing, Simon & Schuster and the Verizon Foundation. DoSomething.org is a Teen Tech Week Nonprofit Supporter.

For more than 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: