Enhance teen services with YALSA's Midwinter Institute, Libraries 3.0: Teen Edition

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist

(312) 280-2128



For Immediate Release

November 24, 2009

CHICAGO — Twitter. Facebook fan pages. Book trailers. The world of teen librarianship is changing, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) can help library workers learn how to incorporate these tools and other technologies at its pre-Midwinter Institute, Libraries 3.0: Teen Edition, in Boston on Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants in this full-day session will:

  • hear keynote speakerStacy Aldrich, noted futurist and acting California State Librarian, and find out how Skype works as author Cory Doctorow (BoingBoing.net,
    Little Brother)uses it to talk to institute participants
  • learn how you can take advantage of free online tools and social networking options to enhance and expand the services for teens, a major help in budget-crunched libraries, including successful real-world examples and hands-on interaction
  • listen to “Flip This Library,” a presentation by librarians Wendy Stephens, Buffy Hamilton, and Laura Pearle on rethinking your library’s space and services for teens
  • achieve a better understanding of today’s teens, who have had access to the Internet their entire lives, through recent research on how teens use the Web for education and recreation
  • discover tactics and strategies to gain funding for technology initiatives and buy-in from administrators
  • enjoy a delicious lunch, included with registration

Libraries 3.0 costs $195 for YALSA members, $235 for ALA members and $285 for nonmembers. Full details on this event, and all of YALSA’s plans for Midwinter, are available online at

If you wish to register for these events without registering for Midwinter, you can download the form to mail or fax at
http://bit.ly/yalsamw2010. If you haven’t registered for Midwinter, you can do so at
www.ala.org/midwinter and add this special event onto your registration.

If you have already registered and would like to add this special event to your registration, you have two options: (1)
By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1 (800) 974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration; (2)
Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking on
this link. Use your log in 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 have added.

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,