iYouth 2014 Conference: Apps, What Are They Good For?

Apps: What Are They Good For?

Every day there are new apps that might be good for kids, teens, and their parents. But, really what are the best apps out there, how do you decide what makes a great app, and how do you keep up with what’s available? That’s what we’ll talk about in this session, and you’ll also get to see how some of them work.

color_face (1)Linda W. Braun is the Youth Services Manager at the Seattle Public Library. She also teaches for the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science and is a past president of YALSA.

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!

It’s a Wrap!

Kudos to our fantastic speakers, tireless officers, and scrappy volunteers for making the 2013 iYouth Conference a hit!

We had lively sessions and workshops, informative panels, and an author signing, as well as a stunning display of books from our conference bookseller, Mockingbird Books.

Thanks to all and we hope we’ll see you next year!

Meantime, stay tuned for more blog posts and give us your feedback on all things iYouth.


Get excited!  The fifth annual iYouth Conference is just two days away!

The third round of sessions this Saturday will follow lunch, running from 1:45-2:45.  You can choose between:

Chance Hunt’s interactive session, Libraries+Partners=Community.   A 20-year librarian, Chance has worked for The Seattle Public Library and the King County Library Systems, and has taught at the iSchool. In 2004 Library Journal named Chance a “Mover and Shaker,” recognizing his partnership work with “What If Every Child Read the Same Book?”  Chance believes that public libraries thrive when they fully understand community needs and apply the knowledge through service design and engagement with the people they serve. His session will explore this concept through discussion and interactive exercises. Walk away with practical tools to apply in your library service environments.

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler’s workshop on Universal Design (UD). Dr. Burgstahler is an Affiliate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington. Her teaching and research focus on the successful transition of students with disabilities to college and careers and on the application of universal design to technology, learning activities, physical spaces, and student services. She founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the Access Technology Center. Her workshop will focus on the history, principles, and applications of UD and how this approach supports the success of everyone, including individuals with disabilities. Examples with respect to instruction, technology, services, and physical spaces will be presented. 

The Diverse Voices panel, with Claire Scott, Tim Shockley, and Amy LaVare. Prior to joining Seattle Public Library last year, Claire worked as a librarian at a small, urban branch of the Oakland Public Library and as a children’s librarian in a diverse public elementary school, where she connected with educators, parents, and GLBTQ organizations helping to create welcoming environments in schools and libraries. Tim has worked in the disability community and public libraries for all of his adult life. He is currently an accessibility specialist in the Library Equal Access Program at The Seattle Public Library and the volunteer librarian supporting the creation of the Mildred Johnson Outreach Library, under the Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss, located at the Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver, Washington. Amy is a librarian at Seattle Public Library. She has worked with diverse immigrant populations at the South Park, High Point, Beacon Hill and Rainier Beach branches.

We would also like to let those of you who are teachers know that we will be offering Clock Hours for the conference, just like last year. A total of 6 clock hours will be offered for no additional fee. If you have any questions about clock hours, please contact Erin Quarterman at ekq@uw.edu.

For more information and future updates, check out our webpage.  For tickets, you can visit our event page on Brown Paper Tickets

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Fifth Annual iYouth Conference
Common Ground: Engaging Diversity and Building Community in Youth Services
University of Washington–Mary Gates Hall
February 9, 2013