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Morton Grove Public Library, Webrary, Fiction_L

Morton Grove Public Library, Webrary, Fiction_L
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“Teens and the Future of Libraries: Sharing Best Practices” Webinar Archives and My Questions for Thinking Today I was part of the panel for the final webinar, “Teens and the Future of Libraries: Sharing Best Practices,” in the collaborative month long series of conversations about Teens and the Future of Libraries facilitated by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) and Connected Learning TV, an initiative of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub. A Google Document with highlights from today’s conversation as well as a PDF of the Livestream Chat transcript will be available soon on the webinar page. You can also watch the video archive of today’s panel discussion by clicking here. I’m including below some of my talking points I included at the beginning of the conversation as well as a few that didn’t make the panel discussion but that relate to the larger conversation. Many thanks to Jon Barilone, the “glue” who brings everything together, all the panelists and our host Jack Martin, and everyone who participated in the chat and/or Twitter conversation. 1. 2. 3. 4. Like this:

School Library Association I attended LIANZA’s Future of Libraries Summit in Wellington on Friday with two of my staff, Maria and Ann-Louise. As one of this year’s K?tuku cohort, Ann-Louise had the opportunity to facilitate at one of the tables – well done! I’d like to thank Joanna, Ines, Jess, Kris, Corin, Christine (and no doubt many others) for bringing people together from all over the country, and from a variety of backgrounds and roles, to look at our future and how we can make it even better. There was some blue sky big picture thinking, and some small gems which I’m taking back to talk with my team about. There was a bit of frustration expressed that people were bringing up the “same old concerns we always talk about” and some people didn’t feel they could raise some issues. Many librarians do seem to have a problem with speaking up and saying anything that might be controversial – are we just to damn nice?

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