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 September:
School Library Journal released the results of the 2016 Self-Censorship Survey, covering a random sampling of school librarians serving K–12 students.
VOYA has been responding poorly to criticisms of a review of Kody Keplinger’s Run and its treatment of sexuality in reviews in general. Bisexual books has been collecting the ongoing developments and Heather Booth wrote a thoughtful piece on Teen Librarian Toolbox: Sunday Reflections: Where’d you go, VOYA?
Also at Teen Librarian Toolbox, Karen Jensen writes about what the teens in her library actually talk about on a day-to-day basis: Sunday Reflections: A Day in the Life Serving Teens – This is what I wish you knew about teenagers.
Do you keep a record of your work? At AASL’s Knowledge Quest, Sedley Abercrombie shares “Show Your Work!”: Why It’s Important to Keep a Portfolio.
The YALSAblog continues its outreach series with Outreach Services for Teen Library Staff: What Some Staff Are Doing Outside the Walls of Libraries where Jessica Snow talks to Courtney Saldana about a program with teen parents and Outreach at a New Library where Stacey Shapiro shares her experience starting outreach in a new position.
In School Library Journal, Phil Goerner writes about a new tool to capitalize on the escape room trend: Breakout EDU Brings “Escape Room” Strategy to the Classroom.
Rachel Reinwald shares The Margin Project at the ALSC Blog, a project where library patrons can write in the margins of books.
With a new school year comes new opportunities for collaboration. Ashley Cooksey at AASL’s Knowledge Quest gives 5 Ways to Collaborate with Your Local Public Library and Christina Keasler at School Library Journal shares Working Together: Simple Ways Public and School Librarians Can Collaborate.
Thinking about hosting a library con? Dawn Abron at Teen Services Depot writes about a Doctor Who themed convention in All Cons Don’t Have to be Comic.
September has been a busy month for program ideas:
What have you read this month that’s been insightful, inspirational, or just plain interesting? Share in the comments!