ALA Annual 2012

Need more info on serving tweens? Put this on your schedule

If you’re going to Annual Conference, put this on your schedule now: The Digital Live of Tweens and Young Teens, Monday, 6/25, 8 — 10 a.m.

This program, a collaborative ALSC/YALSA presidents program, has two speakers who offer unusual perspectives. Michelle Poris’s job title alone — Quant Savant — tells you that she is not your average presenter! Michelle spends her time researching the habits of tweens and young teens for the firm Smarty Pants (love that name too!).  She has worked with top companies (like Disney) to help them target their products and services to this age group — and now she brings her expertise to us.

Stephen Abram has another interesting identifier — Futurist. Stephen was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries. Stephen’s ideas are always springboards for innovation. I’m very eager to get a boost on how libraries serve tweens and young teens.

You can be a part of this program, not just a listener, but as a creator. We’re looking for short videos submitted from librarians in the field to highlight effective programming and innovations for working with tweens and young teens  – not just technology-related, but anything!  There’s a good prize, too. Details are in the March 28 post below or here.

Hope to see you there, either in person or on the big screen with your tweens!

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