For immediate release | May 1, 2013

Join YALSA and Connected Learning TV for an Online Discussion on Teens, Libraries and Social Media this May

CHICAGO –The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, and Connected Learning TV will kick-off a month-long series of conversations around teens and the future of school and public libraries beginning May 2, 2013.

YALSA President H. Jack Martin and Crystle Martin, postdoctoral Researcher for the Connected Learning Research Network, will be the moderators for these free virtual chats, which will look at the roles social media and teens play in the future of public and school libraries. Crystle and Jack will facilitate discussions with danah boyd, Renee Hobbs, Mimi Ito, Chris Shoemaker, Wendy Stephens, Joyce Valenza and many more about the challenges surrounding leveraging social media in library programs. Individuals from the library community and beyond are invited to participate and to share what has or has not been working in their own libraries. Participants will explore best practices from across the globe to implement in their library.

Participants can watch in real time, connect via Chat with others and ask questions on Livestream, watch live on the Connected Learning Google+ Page and contribute to the #futureoflibraries conversation on Twitter. Be sure to check the YALSAblog the month of May, where discussions will continue there as well.

Each virtual chat will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern, and you can find out more on each individual series by clicking on the titles below. Be sure to check back to the site for updates on additional speakers for each webinar.

After the last session, and YALSA will put together a free summary report with tools and resources for librarians and library workers to use in their library.

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 email,


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association

1-800-545-2433 ext.2128