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!