The NJLA Conference is April 27-29 at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, NJ.
While I haven't finalized my schedule, I will be at the following:
Services and Literature for Tweens, Speaker: Teri Lesesne www.professornana.com. "This leader in the field of tween services will present unique methods for reaching out to this age group and ways to provide them with dynamic services and engaging literature."
In Defense of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: How to Talk to Parents about YA Fiction
"Why do teens want to read those “bleak” YA books? How do you explain to an angry parent who knows little about YA literature why certain books are in the teen section? Learn how to express why teens prefer “junk” to “classics,” why it’s okay for their teen to be reading the same book over and over, and why there is nothing wrong with their teen being obsessed with horror or serial killer books!" Jennifer Hubert, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School, New York
Our Future Patrons "A brief look at how the upcoming generations will likely use technologies in their professional and social lives and their possible expectations of library services. Presenters will offer advice on how libraries may need to adjust their services in order to accommodate these changes and maintain relevance in future years." Carlie Webber, BCCLS (actually I think Jen & Carlie's is at the same time, ack!)
YALSA Happy Hour Road Show "Join other librarians serving teens for an informal networking session where attendees can chat and learn about YALSA. Discover what YALSA can do for you and how you can participate in the fastest growing section of the American Library Association." Moderator: Sarah Debraski, Past President, YALSA
Fandom, Fan Life, and Participatory Culture "A teen's experience with a book doesn't just begin on page one and finish with the book's conclusion. From birthday parties and proms to fanfiction and role-playing games, teens find many ways to recreate a book's universe in their lives, forming fandoms. Our speakers will demystify the weird and wonderful world of fandom and show you how to use the elements of participatory culture to plan interactive, fan-friendly programs for your libraries and classrooms." Liz Burns, NJ State Library, Library for the Blind and Handicapped; Carlie Webber, BCCLS (yes, that's me!!)
Pop Goes the Library: Public Relations Tips & Tricks to Connect with Your Whole Community "If you buy it, will they come? What do you do with the popular materials your patrons request? Get serious about marketing and promoting your pop culture collections! Learn about internal as well as external marketing, create a PR campaign for local stakeholders, and develop & execute a pop culture advocacy plan to make your collections and programs really POP @ your library!" Sophie Brookover, Eastern Regional High School, Voorhees, NJ; Elizabeth Burns, NJ State Library, Library for the Blind and Handicapped (yes, me again!)
Garden State Book Awards Luncheon: John Green "Celebrate this year's winners of the Garden State Book Awards with award-winning and highly acclaimed YA author John Green. Green's debut novel, Looking for Alaska, received the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award, followed by a 2007 Printz Honor for An Abundance of Katherines. His latest novel, Paper Towns, has received multiple starred reviews. In addition to his writing accomplishments, John and his brother Hank have created a major following on YouTube with their vlogbrothers channel. Book signing to follow." BTW, this year's winners include Susan Beth Pfeffer and Ann Bausam.
Keeping It Real: A YA Author's Perspective in Writing Realistic Fiction "Three wildly popular and highly acclaimed Young Adult authors will speak about their experiences as writers of realistic fiction for teens, and about handling book challenges. The session will include a panel discussion and Q&A. Maureen Johnson, author of Suite Scarlett, Girl at Sea, and Devilish; Christopher Krovatin, author of Heavy Metal and You; E. Lockhart, author of The Treasure Map of Boys, Fly on the Wall, and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks" Let me add that E Lockhart's Frankie got a Printz Honor this year. Woot!
Yes, you do have to register. Yes, there is a fee.
Hope to see you there!
© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy