What’s iYouth?

Are we just a bunch of students who are….


Yes (who isn’t)…. but…

We are also a group of UW MLIS students interested in public/school youth services, digital youth, and community engagement.

Our Mission

While we were solidifying our club constitution for this year, we noticed that our passion for youth services was actually very diverse. Some of us are really excited to present storytimes at public libraries. Some of us can’t wait to become school librarians. And some of us used to be very excited to go into youth services, but there are many other fields in librarianship that we want to explore.

Our club encompasses all of these interests. 

Our mission is to connect iSchool students interested in the broad field of youth services to the professional world. We create a community of students to share ideas and passions to envision the future of the youth services profession. We are committed to working with allies in organizing events–open to the student body–that focus on professional development opportunities and networking, as they relate to the UW iSchool and the field of youth services at large.

This year is an opportunity to focus on what iSchool students want to learn, explore, and create.

We will focus on energizing a strong iYouth following and work to create an engaged community to help nurture and support iYouth and iYouth affiliated endeavors.

Event ideas:

At our fall mixer, we colored, ate cookies, drank cider, and brainstormed some fantastic ideas!

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We will be online too!

Everyone (residential and online students) can participate continually online with:

  • Instagram hashtags (#shelfie #iyouthuw)
  • Facebook (related articles, polls, links to blog)
  • Blog (how-to posts, read-alikes, tutorials, lists, topics of interest, video blogs, written blogs, pretty much anything youth related)
  • Twitter (live tweeting of social events!)

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What do you think? Let your ideas be heard!

We Want Your Ideas!

At last week’s meeting, we asked attendees about what they wanted iYouth to look like this year. What kind of events would they like to attend? How can we, as the officers, make this one of the best years for iYouth?

We received some lovely feedback:

  • YA oriented library crawls
  • Children’s literature pub quiz
  • Children’s/YA book club
  • Skeeball!

But… we want more ideas! Leave us a comment with any thoughts about events or goals for the 2013-2014 academic year. We want to hear from you!

Digital Youth and Tedx Talks!

TEDxSouthLakeUnionWomen is coming to UW!

UW Women in Informatics, Microsoft Women in Research, and Women in Bio Seattle Metro have joined forces to bring the passion, spirit, and energy that is TEDxWomen to the University of Washington.

This year’s theme is “The Space Between,” participants will watch via livestream speakers from Washington DC as well as local speakers, including Katie Davis, Assistant Professor at the iSchool and Munmun De Choudhury, Microsoft Researcher, who will be speaking about digital youth.

This is a free event, and you can register online at tedxwinfo.eventbrite.com. Password to see the page is WINFO. Then tune in Saturday morning December 1, at 10:30am.

We will follow up with a link to recorded program in a few days if you’re not able to stream it live.


Upcoming Event! Book Club at Mockingbird Books

We know you’ve got your noses buried in textbooks and projects, but it’s time to take a break and talk about books!

Join iYouth officers for our first book club meeting at Mockingbird Books on 11/30 at 5:30pm. Theme: best/worst books. No prior reading required 😉

Directions from campus:

Take the 48 bus, get off at Woodlawn and Green Lake Dr, walk up Woodlawn to Mockingbird Books.

See you there!

Upcoming Events

We at iYouth hope the quarter is going well for you and you’re settling down into classes and school life.

We also wanted to let you know of events we have planned for the coming months.As we pin down more specifics on each one, we’ll send out messages to the listserv and post information here on the blog.

So here are the highlights!

FALL 2012

10.26  Youth Services Library Crawl and Happy Hour (First round on us!)

11.14  Youth Services Q&A panel

11.30  Book Club @ Mockingbird Bookstore (Theme: best and worst books you had to read in school)

Winter 2013

1.28  Open Meeting

3.6  iYouth Bake Sale

3.8  Book Club @ Elliot Bay Bookstore (Theme: Memorable children’s and teen book characters)

Spring 2013

4.1  Open Meeting

4.17  Youth Services  Q&A Panel

5.10  Youth Services Library Crawl and Happy Hour (First round on us!)

5.31  Book Club @ Third Place Bookstore (Theme: Books made into movies, and movies made into books)


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