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Geek Out @ your library

From the American Library Association:

Teens choose Geek Out @ your library® for 2012 Teen Tech Week™ theme

CHICAGO — Hundreds of teens voted for the 2012 Teen Tech Week™ theme, selecting Geek Out @ your library® as their favorite with 62 percent of the vote. Using Geek Out @ your library, librarians will be able to build programs and events that highlight the expansive technology offerings available to teens, for free, at public and school libraries during next year’s celebration, March 4-10.

More than 1,200 libraries across the United States celebrated Teen Tech Week™ 2011, March 6-12, an annual initiative that highlights the technology available in libraries and sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Teens who took the survey also answered questions about how they used technology both at home or in school and public libraries.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults with a general theme of Get Connected @ your library®. The initiative ensures that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ many free nonprint resources for education and recreation and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology.

The 2011 Teen Tech Week theme was Mix and Mash @ your library. Teen Tech Week 2011 Promotional Partners include ALA Graphics, Figment.com, the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Tutor.com. Nonprofit supporters are DoSomething.org and the Federal Trade Commission. To learn more about Teen Tech Week, visit www.ala.org/teentechweek.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks 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, yalsa@ala.org.

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what is your library doing for Library Card Sign-up Month?

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Many libraries throughout the country are using this month to encourage customers to sign up or renew their accounts for library cards.

I will be looking to see what interesting campaigns are out there, encouraging library card sign ups. Please let me know if your library is doing anything unique and different.

More about Library Card Sign-up Month, from ALA News (reported by American Libraries):

Sign up for the smartest card of all – a library card

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This year’s celebration takes place at a time when the decade-long trend of increased library usage is not only continuing, but accelerating during the current economic downturn, according to the 2010 Harris Interactive poll.

The poll also indicates that more than 70 percent of Americans feel that public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed by providing free access to material and resources. In fact, as of 2009, 80 percent of libraries offer free homework help to students in their communities, and almost all public libraries (99.1 percent) provide free Internet access. In addition, 71 percent of those libraries provide the only free public access point to the Internet in their communities.

The library also offers a wide range of tools for adults looking to learn new skills. A vast majority of public libraries help patrons complete online job applications (67 percent); provide access to job databases and other online resources (88 percent) and civil service exam materials (75 percent); and offer software or other resources (69 percent) to help patrons create resumes and other employment materials.

Libraries looking for materials to help promote Library Card Sign-up Month locally can download print and audio PSAs featuring NBA star and Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair Dwyane Wade. ALA will customize the print PSA at no charge with a library’s logo. For information and to download PSAs visit www.ala.org/librarycardsignup.

Newly redesigned Smartest Card logos are available at www.ala.org/librarycardsignup. Other promotional materials, including a sample press release, letter to the editor and proclamation are also available on the website.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries, (www.ala.org/@yourlibrary) is ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe – use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations.

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AASL’s Learning4Life (L4L) initiative goes “on-the-road”

From ALA News, in American Libraries Magazine:

AASL President embarks on national tour of outstanding school library programs

Until May 2011, all donations made to the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) “Friends of AASL” campaign will help underwrite the travel of AASL President Nancy Everhart as she completes her Vision Tour. Donations to the Vision Tour can me made at www.ala.org/aasl/friends.

The Vision Tour takes AASL’s Learning4Life (L4L) initiative “on-the-road” by showcasing exemplary school libraries across the nation. During the tour, Everhart hopes to visit a school library in every state in the U.S. with the goal of bringing to the general pubic visual models of what good school libraries offer students and communities. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/visiontour or on her blog at http://outstandingschoollibraries.org.

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