Links of the Month – September 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 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!

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