Goodbye for now. Hello summer reading!

Photo from the Collaborative Summer Library Program

It’s the end of another quarter here at the good ‘ol UW iSchool, and we at iYouth couldn’t be more excited. Don’t get us wrong! We loved our classes, and we created some amazing things in them. However, there’s just something about this break that’s calling our names. We were so ready for a couple months without class and with reading…with lots and lots of reading! Whether it’s a summer of reading or a summer or learning, we’re really just all about the summer part, and the Seattle area has a plethora of kids programs to get excited about! Each library system around us has a little something to offer:

*King County Library System
*Kitsap Regional Library
*Pierce County Library System
*Seattle Public Library
*Sno-Isle Libraries

If you need a book or two to get you started, ALSC is ready and willing with recommendations. That is, of course, if April’s recent post about LGBTQ YA books hasn’t already filled your GoodReads list! #somanybookssolittletime

And now it’s time for us to leave you to it! Get out there and enjoy your summer. That’s where we’ll be. Which is to say, we won’t actually be posting here, but we will be gathering plenty of stories to share with you next year. See you in September!

(P.S. Before we’re done, we just wanted to make a quick shout out to all the graduating iSchoolers out there, especially the iYouth officers. You have been an inspiration, and we’re so excited for you! Congratulations!)

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.

Eisenberg Surfing Stacks original

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!

John Goddard -iYouth Webmaster


My name is John Goddard. I’m the iYouth webmaster, though I share a lot of the web mastering responsibilities with the rest of the tech-savvy members of iYouth. I’m a second-year residential MLIS student. After graduation, I would love to get a job as a teen services librarian at a public library but would enjoy working with younger kids as well. I’m interested in how youth engage and learn with technology, how libraries can help young people create rich digital content, and generally how to keep (or make) libraries cool, innovative, and enlightening places to be. I currently work at Suzzallo-Allen Libraries in the Media Center and Circulation departments. I’m also doing a teen/adult services DFW at the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library.

I love camping, hiking, cooking elaborate meals, and listening to music of all kinds. I live in Seattle’s U-District with my girlfriend, Shannon.

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!