Links of the Month – July 2016

Links of the Month

Every month we’ll be rounding up some can’t miss online resources from the wide world of teen services and beyond. Here’s what we’ve been reading in July:

The chief librarians of Storytime Underground took to Twitter with why librarians and libraries are not neutral. A must-read this month: These librarians are making a statement on Black Lives Matter.

Bryce at Bryce Don’t Play shares her thoughts on librarians, libraries, and accessibility: Disability Allies in the Library: An Unsolicited Rant.

For more on accessibility, read Serving Children with Disabilities in Libraries: A Beginner’s Guide by Renee Grassi at the ALSC Blog.

Reviews of e. E. Charlton-Trujillo’s When We Was Fierce underscore the need for diverse voices, and especially #ownvoices, in the evaluation of YA literature. Read:

At AASL’s Knowledge Quest, Mica Johnson answers the question Do school librarians and educators have an obligation to address social change? (Spoilers: the answer is yes) and Cassy Lee gives 3 Ways to Address the Black Lives Matter Movement in Your School Library.

This inspirational post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. at User Generated Education is a great way to re-frame your thinking: Breaking Things as a Form of Education.

As you plan your programming and services, consider The Importance of Deliberate Play Opportunities for School-age Kids and Teens by Bryce at Bryce Don’t Play.

Karen Perry shares some tips for evaluating your library’s collections at AASL’s Knowledge Quest: Collection Analysis? Walk the Shelves and Collection Development Plans.

Need to brush up on networking? Abigail Phillips writes about Making connections: Learning to Network at ALA at the YALSAblog.

Demco’s Ideas + Inspiration blog has launched a monthly teen activity calendar by Liz Bowie and Emily Ellis. Check out the Teen Activity Calendar: September 2016 edition for programming ideas.

Speaking of programming, we have some ideas for you!

A panoply of Pokémon Go posts for to round out the month:

What have you read this month that’s been insightful, inspirational, or just plain interesting? Share in the comments!

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