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For Teens, With Teens

Working with teens has its ups and downs - it can be highly challenging, but extremely rewarding. Teens in the US also happen to be an underserved population. As of 2015, data shows that federal funding "largely ignores" middle and high schools, which receive tens of billions of dollars less than early and post-secondary education programs. The federal government has made strong investments in early, primary, and post-secondary education, but has fallen behind with these "middle" years. So where do libraries fit into this? According to YALSA, about 14 million middle and high school students are on their own after school every day. Those hours between 3 and 6 p.m. are the peak time for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Libraries can and do fill in this gap for schools and families. In fact, frequently, libraries are the only safe place that teens can go after school if they don't participate in school-sponsored extracurriculars. If you're a teen librarian, you may actually be the only teen services employee in your building, which doesn't give you a lot of opportunity to network, brainstorm, or share ideas with your peers. Knowing these teen services are highly important for the teens themselves as well as for our communities, library organizations all over the state offer various opportunities for those employed in teen services to network and share their creativity, programming, problems, and more. 

This March, YALSA started presenting free, live monthly webinars on a variety of teen issues. Each one is facilitated by knowledgeable youth development experts and library staff and focuses on a different competency in YALSA’s brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. All of these webinars will be held from 2:00 – 3:00pm, EST, the second Thursday of the month.  These are always free and open to any interested individual, regardless of job or membership status. Webinar recordings will be available for those who can’t participate in the live session. This month's webinar deals with interacting with teens. Reserve your free seat for the webinars you are interested in here!

Additionally, Take 5, a program sponsored by the State Library of Ohio, creates and sustains dialogue on new ideas and approaches for people who work with teens and youth in libraries, museums, arts organizations, schools and other learning environments. Since 2012, the centerpiece of Take 5 is an annual event bringing together public and school librarians, museum and arts educators, and many others who are invested in supporting young people. This event is an attendee-driven conference planned by youth services professionals from across Ohio. Take 5 promotes creative approaches, collaboration, and network-building, and demonstrates the power of peer groups to generate new and useful ideas. This year's event features boundary-expanding speakers and opportunities for attendees to exchange ideas and inspire each other through discussion, hands-on learning, and professional networking in a casual environment. Attendees share their dreams and successes through an open poster session and small group conversations throughout the day. Looking for more info? The conversation happens year-round on the Take 5 Facebook page

Finally, SWON also facilitiates a Teen special interest group! TeenSIG hopes to create a community that shares resources and provides support for librarians and information professionals who work with young adults. We welcome all library and information staff who serve teens to join the Teen Services SIG!

Emily R Wages, MLIS
Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, SWON Libraries


Level-Up Lab: Intro to Genealogy with Ancestry Library Edition

Learn how to effectively navigate Ancestry Library Edition and discover the history hiding in your family tree! Learn tips and tricks such as how to incorporate wild cards into your searches to return more results. Discover ways to use additional resources to build a family tree and find additional information on your family. We will discuss ways to use Ancestry in library programming and talk about potential issues that may arise.

There will be time for hands-on use of Ancestry Library Edition. Please come prepared with some information about your family, or a family you would like to research. Good starting information would be grandparents names, birth dates, and places of birth (or estimates if not known).


Intro to Genealogy with Ancestry Library Edition
05/07/2018  - Clermont County Public Library
Miami Township Branch
5920 Buckwheat Rd.
Milford, Ohio  45150

  Register Here  


OKI Children's Literature Conference 2018: Call for Proposals & Award Nominations

Proposal submissions and award nominations are open for this year's OKI Children's Literature Conference with the theme of #ReadLocal! 

2018 Conference Proposals:

A 50-minute session that includes a 40-45 minute presentation and 5-10 minutes of question and answer. The intended audience of these sessions include K-12 educators, pre-service teachers, media specialists, public librarians, parents, and writers. Workshop Proposals should reflect elements from one of the following tracks:

  • Incorporating children’s literature into curriculum to motivate and enrich learning.
  • Using children’s literature to promote reading and literacy among children and young people.
  • Supporting and promoting diverse perspectives and multicultural influences.
  • Increasing awareness and use of public libraries through unique programming.
  • Promoting literacy through successful collaborations between public libraries, schools and community partners.
  • Supporting and promoting authors & illustrators of literature for children and young adults.

May 31, 2018: Deadline to submit a workshop session proposal
June 8, 2018: Notification of acceptance of session proposal

Proposals accepted here.

OKI Charlotte Decker Award:

Established to honor the late Charlotte Decker, this award is designed to encourage others to enrich the lives of children as Charlotte did through a lifetime of work as librarian, Academic Challenge coach, and volunteer in professional organizations promoting the enjoyment of reading among young people. Nominees should be individuals whose extraordinary efforts have encouraged others to support youth literacy through time, service, and philanthropy. Librarians and classroom teachers serving the needs of youth are eligible for this award. The recipient will be recognized at the OKI Children's Literature Conference and will receive free registration to the conference at which they are recognized.

Award nominations accepted here


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Please register for SWON & PCI events by the Friday before they take place

      Booklist Webinar - Stellar Series Nonfiction: Spring 2018
FREE (a Booklist event)
4/17/2018 - Online

WebJunction Webinar - Voter Perceptions of Libraries: Getting From Awareness to Funding in 2018
FREE (a WebJuction event)
4/17/2018 - Online

Innovation Conversation - Shhh…Visualizing the Silent Dialogue about Race
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
FREE for ALAO Members
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
4/18/2018 - Online

edWEB Webinar - Inclusion Is More Than “Just Being In”
FREE (an edWEB event)
4/18/2018 - Online

PCI Webinar - Comics, Superheroes, and Pop Culture in Your Library
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
4/19/2018 - Online

TrainingMag Webinar - Why Story and Experience Sharing Accelerate Learning
FREE (a Training Magazine event)
4/24/2018 - Online

Reviewers of Young Adult Literature (ROYAL) - Central Kentucky
$50 per year for employees of Supporting Member Institutions to Join ROYAL
$100 per year for everyone else to Join ROYAL
Free books included with cost!
4/24/2018 - Lexington, KY

PCI Webinar - Using Facebook and Email to Build Support
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
4/24/2018 - Online

HRDQ-U - Performance Consulting: What Is It and Why Do It?
FREE (an HRDQ-U event)
4/25/2018 - Online

Reviewers of Young Adult Literature (ROYAL) - Troy
$50 per year for employees of Supporting Member Institutions to Join ROYAL
$100 per year for everyone else to Join ROYAL
Free books included with cost!
4/26/2018 - Troy, OH


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      Spring 2018 Membership Meeting
5/24/2018 - In-person Erlanger, KY

2018 ALSC National Institute
9/27/2018 to 9/29/2018 - In-Person Cincinnati, OH

Internet Librarian 2018
10/16/2018 to 10/18/2018 - In-person Monterey, California

Brick & Click, an academic library conference
11/2/2018 - In-person Maryville, MO

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