iYouth Meet and Greet Recap

Can you believe it? It’s Friday and the first week of fall quarter is (almost) over!

Thank you to all who attended and participated in iYouth’s opening Welcome Week event; a special thank you to our wonderful faculty guests: Sarah Evans. Stephen Del Vecchio, and Eliza Dresang, the Cleary Professor of Children and Youth Services. For students interested in working in youth services, these faculty members are great resources with a range of experiences working in schools and libraries, and conducting youth-related research! We are happy to have their support!



To those unable to join us on Tuesday, here’s a review (pizza not included). Check back for updates and follow-up posts throughout the quarter.

Beyond introductions and children’s literature trivia (Ramona Quimby’s cat is named “Picky-Picky,” BTW) discussion focused primarily on ways to gain experience working with youth. There are many resources for finding Directed Field Work, but until a DFW is available to you after the completion of 30 credits, you can volunteer or intern!

But how can you find opportunities?

  1. Ask around. Talk to faculty (see above), TAs, peers, librarians at your local library branches, and school librarians in the area. Let people know that you’re looking for an opportunity.  
  2. Subscribe to listservs. In addition to the iYouth listserv, look for opportunities that come across program listservs. Keep track of application requirements and deadlines. Additionally, subscribe to listservs outside of the iSchool, like the EdLife listserv, for news and events for graduate students in the College of Education. 
  3. Research local youth-service organizations. Try http://www.volunteermatch.org/ – you can filter by areas of interest and preferred organizations.
  4. Take electives in youth services. We especially recommend INFX 571 “Research in Action” with Eliza Dresang as a unique and rewarding opportunity. Check back to hear from students who have taken the class.
  5. Participate in iYouth. This year, we’re focused on professional development, and there was a clear expressed need for connections to opportunities to work with youth. As a group we are trying to figure out how to meet this need in a meaningful way, and we would love for you to be involved. Check back for news, updates, and opportunities.

Thank you again to all who were involved and good luck with the second week of the quarter! 

YALSA Blog Member Manager Needed!


If you are a member of YALSA and love to blog you should apply for this!

The Member Manager will be responsible for the content and look of the blog, and will work closely with the YALSAblog Advisory Board to recruit and oversee member and guest bloggers. The mission of the YALSAblog is to provide a virtual space for publishing information about time sensitive issues as well as a forum for members and the library community to explore matters relating to serving teens through libraries.

Deadline to apply is November 1, 2012.

Check out the YALSA website for more information.

Urban Outfitters-esque covers & the Classics

Many publishers are currently in the process of “Sexing up the Classics for Teens” according to The Atlantic article. They are hoping to capitalize on the teen hits such as Twilight and The Hunger Games.

“Sarah Gerard, who runs the children’s section at McNally Jackson, told The Atlantic Wire that she doesn’t think kids judge a book by its cover, at least not in this way: “My experience with jazzed-up covers, with teens at least, is that they make no difference at all. There are plenty of classic books that kids still read — The Wizard of OzWind in the Willows, etc. — and when the cover is jazzed-up or gifty, it’s the grandparents or the family friend who buys it as a birthday present. The kids don’t care. If they don’t want to read Pride and Prejudice, they won’t read it, regardless of what the cover looks like.””

Do you think changing the covers will increase readers?



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