iYouth Conference 2014: Sex in the Library

Enjoy another look at one of our fabulous panels at the iYouth Conference 2014 on Saturday, February 8th.  For a complete listing of all the sessions and presenters, take a look at our Tumblr page here.  To find more information about tickets, check out the page here.  Since we recently received generous support form the UW HUB, Wells Fargo, and the UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate, we have been able to reduce the price of admission to $35.00 with lunch or $25.00 without for professionals. For students, the cost is $20.00 with lunch or $10.00 without! 

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Do you have sex in your library?  If not, why not?

 The authors of Sex in the Library {VOYA Press, 2013) explain their unique and popular approach to talking to parents, teachers, administrators and librarians about selection, mission statements, censorship, and the power of school and public librarians working together.  Teacher collaboration and the Core Curriculum are components of the discussion.  Get the steamy details about hottest new titles for teens.   Book giveaways.

 Mary Jo Heller, School Librarian and

Aarene Storms, King County Library

Sex in the Library has a blogspot at www.sexinthelibrary.blogspot.com and is on Goodreads as SexintheLibrary.

iYouth Conference 2014: Digital Badges for Learning in Libraries

During this workshop, Sean Fullerton will give a short presentation on Open Badges, what they are, and how they can be used to recognize the skills and knowledge ofchildren and youth.  The rest of the session will be an interactive workshop to consider why school and public libraries might want to use badges and to begin planning how you could design a badging program for youth at your library.

Sean Fullerton is a Ph.D. Student at the University of Washington Information School. He researches ways to help students and their parents, coaches, teachers, and mentors document learning from outside formal school settings. He is currently working with Dr. Katie Davis to investigate the effectiveness of digital badges and badging systems to motivate, recognize, and assess learning in after school programs. He is a former public school teacher, school technology coordinator, and teacher-librarian.


iYouth 2014 Conference: Reteaching Gender and Sexuality

In the run-up to the conference, we will continue to run several posts featuring the sessions that will take place during the conference.  If you would like to see our comprehensive schedule, please check out the iYouth Conference Tumblr here.  To read more about the conference, please refer to the iYouth Conference 2014 page on our website, including information on purchasing tickets.

Reteaching Gender & Sexuality


This is an introductory competency building workshop on gender and sexual diversity. Participants will learn from local experts about gender and sexuality development among adolescents, and gain relevant, practical, and valuable skills. This workshop aims to be dynamic by combining practical information with interactive activities and a screening of PUT THIS ON THE {MAP}, an award-winning 34-minute documentary that features twenty-six young people in Seattle’s eastside suburbs that moves audiences from self-reflection into action.

Research in Action: Project VIEWS2 and You


This presentation will focus on sharing results from exciting research that measures early literacy outcomes in library storytimes for children from birth to kindergarten. This session will include a short presentation and then hands-on group work with the research instruments to build experience planning literacy-rich storytimes using books by Denise Fleming. Come join us for reading, sharing, discussion, and research!

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Dr. Mike Eisenberg: Keynote Speaker for the 2014 iYouth Conference

For the next few weeks, we’ll be running some posts about the exciting speakers that we will have for the iYouth Conference on Saturday, February 8th, 2014.  For more information, see our page “iYouth Conference 2014.

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Dr. Mike Eisenberg is the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. Known as an innovator and entrepreneur, Mike approached the iSchool as a startup—transforming the school into a broad-based information school with academic programs on all levels (bachelors through doctorate), increasing enrollment 400%, generating millions in funded research, and making a difference in industry, the public sector, and education on all levels.

Mike’s current work focuses on information & technology literacy, virtual worlds, and library information and technology programs, K-20. Mike is co-author of the “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” – the most widely used information literacy program in the world. Mike is a prolific author (9 books and dozens of articles and papers) and has worked with thousands of students—pre-K through higher education—as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve individual and organizational information and technology access and use. Mike particularly enjoys working with undergraduate students, introducing them to the opportunities and challenges of the information field.

Mike’s keynote will address the exciting opportunities that change within the field of youth librarianship bring about. He will stress the importance of embracing innovation and leadership within the field and excite us all about the future of our field!