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2016 Trends: Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Each year, technology continues to change and evolve. In 2016, with only a few weeks left in the year, it is a good time to look back on two technology trends that impacted library services. This is especially timely since many of us will soon have to submit our annual reports to our library boards and with that, a look at the trends of the year.

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Pack in the fun with Nature Backpacks

The heady months of summer are winding down, yet you still may be experiencing an influx of young people in the library. While this is a fun time to see so many new faces in the library, the nice weather creates an opportunity to partner with your local forest service or park service departments to encourage families to explore the outdoors into the upcoming autumn. 

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Tech for STEAM Learning, Play, and Programming

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed with choices when it comes to the ever changing world of technology, but part of the fun can be exploring the fun, new gadgets and toys that come out! By speaking with other youth services librarians, keeping in touch via social media, and sharing our work, I’ve discovered that the task of keeping up with the next big thing becomes a little easier.

ALSC Online Courses

Register for Summer 2016 Online Courses

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) encourages participants to sign up for Summer 2016 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, July 11, 2016. One of the three courses being offered this semester are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs). The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options. Sign up for an online course! NEW! Engaging Readers and Writers with Interactive Fiction 4 weeks, July 11 – August 5, 2016 Instructor: Christian Sheehy, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Xavier University The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future 6 weeks, July 11 – August 13, 2016…

ALSC Online Courses

New Semester of ALSC Online Courses!

Start 2016 fresh with new skills and program ideas! Registration for Winter 2016 ALSC online courses is now open. Classes begin Monday, January 4, 2016. One of the courses being offered this semester are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs). The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options. It’s Mutual: School and Public Library Collaboration 6 weeks, January 4 – February 12, 2016 Instructor: Rachel Reinwald, School Liaison and Youth Services Librarian, Lake Villa District Library Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy 4 weeks, January 4 – 29, 2016, CEU Certified Course, 1.2 CEUs Instructor: Angela Young,…