POSTPONED!!! Upcoming CLA Workshop in Ottawa – Libraries & Teens: Making the most of library services for teens and young adults‏



Due to funding issues, the CLASY event will be postponed until January 2011.

First off, I apologize for the lack of postings. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks round here. I currently have a HUGE stack of library books that are calling out my name. I’ve chose Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, so look for a review soon! 🙂

Ok, so now for the CLASY event. I posted about the group a while back but now that the event details have been arranged, I can share this info with you! 

Libraries & Teens: Making the most of library services for teens and young adults

How and why should libraries recognize and advocate for teens as assets in the community? What can we do to make sure that the library becomes an asset in teens’ lives?

This one-day event will explore how libraries are rethinking goals, re-prioritizing resources, redesigning spaces, and reaching out to this very important client group.

Speakers will:

    * Share strategies for planning and maintaining strong teen programming.
    * Explain how to formalize a commitment to youth as part of strategic goals and plans.
    * Share successful models of service and identify ways to connect and communicate with teens.
    * Explore trends in reading material for teens.

This workshop is also an opportunity to connect with fellow library professionals who are excited and passionate about teen services. Roundtable discussions and poster presentations will allow for further brainstorming, conversation and sharing of ideas.

Date: Monday, October 4, 2010, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
More information:

I will be volunteering at the event. I plan on working on my networking skills as there seems to be many opportunities to mix and mingle!  See you there! 🙂

Do you know about… CLASY?

No, it is not a typo. Today’s post is about the newly formed group Canadian Libraries Are Serving Youth (CLASY). Founded by some of my UWO MLIS colleagues Stephanie Vollick, Erin Walker and Sarah Gleeson Noyes, the group aims to create a national network for library staff serving young adults.

According to their Facebook group, CLASY’s goal is to “have as many libraries as possible commit to contributing one thing per year, whether it be a program idea, webinar or pathfinder”. One established pathfinder is the ‘Reference for Teens’ (a go-to resource for all subjects, with annotations describing their function).  When faced with a reference question about an unfamiliar subject or topic, it can be difficult to know which resources to use. This recently produced list aids librarians when unsure where to begin.

I was also impressed with the time and effort put in to create an ‘A-Z list of programs for teens offered in Canadian Libraries’. For any YA librarian, this list is perfect for obtaining ideas or inspiration. I seriously wish my library offered ‘Learn the Art of Hena, Nail Art, Photography for teens, and Yoga’ programs when I was a teen!

Recently CLASY announced that they are planning a professional development event tentatively called “YA Day” for the Ottawa, ON area in October. I am super excited as I was unable to attend their first event in London, ON in May.  If interested in speaking opportunities or volunteering (like me!) please visit their website.

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