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 February:
If you’re going to read one article this month, make it Selection is Privilege by Amy Koester at the Show Me Librarian, all about diversity, bias, and collection development.
On a similar theme, author Malinda Lo wrote an excellent piece about Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews, which examines how reviewers address diversity in often problematic ways.
Who doesn’t love a good success story? Over at School Library Journal, Erin Holt talks about how she’s shaping teen services at her library: The Evolution of a Teen Librarian and Teen Services at Williamson County (TN) Public Library.
Find out how the Duxbury Free Library is Podcasting with teens at the Library As Makerspace blog.
Geek-ify your library programs with these two ideas from Cosplay, Comics, and Geek Culture in Libraries: Forest Park Public Library Mini Comic Con and Mine And Craft @ Your Library: Host a Build-Off!
Harry Potter continues to be a library programming favorite. Lots of ideas and pictures from both Wrapped Up In Books: Library Program: Harry Potter Night and Ms. Kelly at the Library: ATLAS: Harry Potter Party.
Over at the YALSAblog, Hayden Bass from the Seattle Public Library continues her series about outreach with Adventures in Outreach: Micro Partnerships & Equity and Adventures in Outreach: Pick a Partner.
If your library is in a summer programming rut, Marge Loch-Wouters at Tiny Tips for Library Fun has advice about Shaking Up SLP. Great advice for both children’s and teen services.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Brown Bookshelf is highlighting authors and illustrators of color in its 28 Days Later series.
Looking to expand your professional network? Check out these Tips for Asking for Advice or Help from Professional Colleagues (or People You Know from the Internet)* from Molly at Wrapped Up In Books.
And finally, to add some humor to your Twitter feed, follow these new parody accounts: @BroodingYAHero and @DystopianYA.