Monday, March 30, 2009
Aha! to share: For example: Greet patrons when they enter the Library, everyone wants to feel important.
Questions to ask yourself:
Quotes that made an impression:
For example: No means no, say it in 3 words. "Cellphones not allowed".
Websites to share:
Rating: One Star (the worst) to Five Star (the best)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The YALSA conference sponsored a session on Fan Fic, and here are some notes I jotted down to share:
What? Fandom is a group of fans who live out part of a book/movie
Who? Teenagers and Adults
When? As long as people have been enjoying books and stories
Why? Fun/Communication/Ability to Identify with Others
Fandom- Fans coming together
Fanfiction- Takes place anywhere in the story world
Livejournal- LJ community (a blogger community)
Con- Convention where fans interact
Steps to Becoming a "Fan"
1. Read everything...
2. Buy the "Official Guide"
3. Buy the 'Unofficial Guide"
4. Read essays about the book
5. Buy the jewelry or make your own
6. Have events and dress up like your favorite character for example: Dress up as Bella or Alice and have a prom
Fandoms must have:
Nobody owns a fandom!
Different forms of Participation
- Information Getting
- Talking about your Fandom with others
- Analyzing your Fandom
- Making it Real
- Twittering about your Fandom
- Fan Art
- Cosplay -costume play
- Fan videos
Fanfiction is where your introduce a new character into an already existing story by writing a new episode/chapter/story.
Many who write fanfiction archive it in a site. Here are some recommended online sites for fanfic:
Those writing fanfiction cannot do it for profit. If so, they risk risk copyright infringement.
Possibly Program Ideas:
- Writing workshops
- Reviewing Workshops
- A Fandom, in general, gathering
- Finding Fanfiction
- Do-It-Yourself Book covers
- LOL Book covers
- Recipes and Cooking
- Readers Theatre
Con at the library (Washington County is already doing this, so they would be a great resource for such a project)
Games and Puzzles
Dramarama- Have a sing a long musical
Princess Diaries- Have princess lessons
Alex Rider- Gadgets and technology demos
Many authors also have their own fanfic contests sponsored on their websites such as:
Meg Cabot and Holly Black
Also Check out these websites:
The 39 Clues
The Hunger Ganes
Harper Teen Fan Lit
Nerd Fighters (John Green's site)
What is a podcast?: It's a digital recording that you can put on your computer or personal communication device.
Why do podcasts with teens?
- Record major events such as talent seaches, author visits, open mic nights
- Booktalking-this is a great way to get teens to review books and to share the reviews
- Showcase creative projects
- Discussions or information that you may want to share
- Archive important stories or information
PC microphone or digital voice recorder
For more information on he recording and uploading of the podcast, check out the YALSA site listed above!
Teen Podcasters Network www.teenpodcasters.com
Podcasts & Teens-Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki- www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Podcasts_%26_Teens
Podcasting 101 www.infotoday.com/cilmag/apr06/Eash.shtml
Podcasting Toolkit http://mashable.com/2007/07/04/podcasting-toolbox/
I am really interested in getting some of this going with my county. I know that Allegany is also working on this. If you are working on podcasting in your county/branch, please share your ideas!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Section II: What the Award Books were for the Year and Activities in Using Them
Section III: Great information on how to promote books, reading, and discussions inclusive of information on using audiobooks
Section IV: Activities for Any Novel-This section is jam-packed full of activities to use when discussing/teaching a novel to/with a group.
Section V: Activities and lesson plan links for specific titles
Section VI:Interent Resources such as reviews, blogs, and author myspace pages
Her Top 14 Picks of 2009 were:
1. Airman by Eoin Colfer
2. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
3. Nation by Terry Prachett
4. Impossible by Nancy Werlin
5. The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
6. The Trouble Begins at 8 by Sid Fleischman
7. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
9. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
10. The London Eye Mysteries by Siobhan Dowd
11. How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler
12. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
13. Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
14. My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
Definitely take a moment to check out the book. There is so much useful information in it!
Monday, March 23, 2009
One of the first topics for discussion was "Blogs and Wikis." Several were recommended for teen librarians.
The YALSA Blog: http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/
It is chock full of information about teen services, books, programs, and advocacy. If you have not checked it out, definitely do so. It is a blog must read!
Howard County does a partnership with the schools linking their blogs and wikis.
Reading Rants is a website that does Reader's Advisory www.readingrants.org
The Ch-Ch-Changing Librarian Blog was also recommended
SLJ's Joyce Valenza "NeverendingSearch" blog http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/1340000334.html
Also, Liz Rafferty lead a discussion on Twitter and "tweeting." Feel free to check out her Twitter account and become a follower on the BCPL webpage http://www.bcpl.info/teens/
The group also had a lengthy discussion on what libraries are doing differently in the face of budget cuts. Is there something unique that your libraries are doing? Please share!
Lastly, we ended the meeting talking about the millenial generation and their research and research engine habits. We got talking about this after reviewing the article: "Dude-I'm Phaaaaaatttt!" Here's a link to the article http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/dude-im-phaaaaaat.html What do you think about this and the direction we're heading?
If anyone is able, these sessions are definitely worth checking out!
On the site, authors of teen literature will come together to answer pre-given questions from teens abou their writing and books. Each day there will be new content and questions answered. Every author that agrees to participate will answer at least one question, maybe more depending on his/her schedule. Teens and readers can comment on any of the posts. If the authors have time, they will respond to the comments.
Some of the authors participating include : Holly Black, Kate Brian, Deb Caletti, Cassandra Clare, Ellen Hopkins, Cynthia Kadohata, and Scott Westerfeld...along with plenty of others! It is still going on until the end of this week. Have you or your teens check it out at : http://pulseblogfest.simonsaysblogs.com/
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So far the best public use idea is to post "tweets" of titles around a genre, say British Mysteries. Then ask the public (followers in twitter lingo) to reply back with their favorite titles in that genre. We would end up with a list of titles, that may serve as recommended titles to other followers as we follow each other or retrospectively search the twitter-verse for the genre of the week.
The best idea so far for use by library staff is as a replacement for our IM clients on the staff machines. If all the branches followed all the other branches on twitter, they would all see the same question or request at the same time. With IM, its a one to one communication, twitter would allow one to many communication. The assumption would be that the branch that coudl answer the request first would do so, thereby fulfilling the customer's request faster.
What do you think of twitter in the library? Is it just one of those technologies that just don't jive enough with the work of the library?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
So here goes nothing:
In the fall I attended the first ever YALSA Conference in Nashville, TN. Most anyone who had the opportunity to attend found the sessions to be incredibly informative. I took some good notes on many of the sessions I went to. What I am going to try to do is type up some notes from each session and put them in each blog. Anyone with experience with these programs or went and got more information on the subject, feel free to jump in and add your input :)
The following books were recommended by the panel:
The Hunger Games
Anything by R.L. Stine and Neil Gaiman
Margaret noted that there are two ends of the spectrum of books that seem to grab readers. They are either extremely dangerous (for example, The Hunger Games) or they consist of stories about the "Absolutely Fabulous" (no pun on Patsy or Eddy intended) with characters wrapped in the life of the rich and famous.
Patrick went on to say that there are three keys to good books for reluctant readers:
- The book is a really good mirror and allows the teen to see him/herself in it.
- Relevance-Does it seem applicable to current teen realities?
- Does it have a good beginning?
He said that the first line of a book is the most important that the "first line is like a first kiss."
How true is this, though? How many kids do we know pick up a book, look at the cover, and then read the first line or sentence, and then immediately decide whether or not we are going to read it. Heck, we even do that as adults for the most part!
He went on to say that the narrative voice in each book is of tantamount importance; the reader has to be able to identify with the characters immediately, and that it doesn't have to be a novel told by first person, just that it adds a sense of immediacy to it.
To this, Margaret added that many times kids turn to books to fulfill emotional needs. When she said this, I immediately thought of all the kids who read A Child Called It. They read it for reassurance - to know that they are not the only ones out there, but that also their lives aren't quite as bad. I also think of Twilight, because most every teen girl wants a thrilling taboo romance at least once in her life!
Another point that I think is worth mentioning is that they indentified several types of teen books that seem to be gaining momentum. They listed them as:
- Designer Chick Lit. (Perhaps The Luxe would fall into this category)
- Cozy Mysteries (Death by Bikini)
- Cross-genre books
- Supernatural/Fantasy-Vampires seem to be going by the wayside, but werewolves are picking up steam.
One of the last points they made is that Award stickers seem to turn teens off of reading books. What do you think? I have had that problem in my teen section because teens see those books as "School Reads." What are your experiences? How do you handle this?