Ultimate Teen Bookshelf

Looking for quick help in collection development?

The Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association (ALA) has created The Ultimate Teen Bookshelf. Developed in conjunction with the United We Serve initiative, the Ultimate Teen Bookshelf list, comprising 50 books, five magazines and five audio books, can be found at www.ala.org/teenbookshelf.

The full YALSA news release is at http://tiny.cc/tdUs6 or http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/june2009/bookshelf_yalsa.cfm

CPSC Issues Rule Regarding Lead Standards; More Guidance To Come for Libraries

 As the American Library Association (ALA) has emphasized since first enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), concern for children’s safety is our first priority in providing materials to young patrons.  On August 26, 2009, the CPSC’s final rule on children’s products containing lead was released.  In the rule, CPSC confirmed that libraries have no independent obligation to test library books for lead under the law.  CPSC also announced its intention to release a Statement of Policy specifically providing guidance for libraries with regard to the treatment of older children’s books that could potentially contain lead.  According to our conversations with CPSC officials, that Statement of Policy should be released within the next several weeks. 

 While we await the Statement of Policy, ALA recommends that libraries take the following actions.  If a library is aware that any children’s book does indeed contain lead above the legal limits or otherwise presents a danger to children, it should remove it from public access, for instance by moving it to the non-circulating collection.  We would also ask that if libraries do learn of any books containing lead to please let the ALA – Washington Office know so that we might  share that information with other libraries.  When the Statement of Policy is released, we will promptly notify our members.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jessica McGilvray, Assistant Director of the ALA Office of Government Relations at jmcgilvray@alwash.org or 1-800-941-8478.

 Jessica McGilvray,Assistant Director

American Library Association

Washington Office – Office of Government Relations

1615 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., 1st Floor

Washington, D.C. 20009-2520


phone: 202-628-8410

fax: 202-628-8419

The New Library Movers and Shakers

Congratulations to the two Minnesotans who were named to this annual list!

 Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers 2009:Library Leaders Creating the 2.0 Library of the Future

Daniel Marcou, 2009 (Innovators category) – Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka
Melissa L. Rethlefsen, 2009 (Advocates category) – Mayo Clinic Libraries, Rochester

Jessica Moyer, 2008
Jennifer Nelson, 2008

Jeffrey Gegner, 2004
Ria Newhouse, 2004
Lois Langer Thompson, 2004
Julia F. Wallace, 2003

Source:Library Journal, 3/15/2009

Movers & Shakers 2009:http://www.libraryjournal.com/?layout=MS2009

Movers on the Map:http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6535115.html

Teen Tech Week

Posted from the Audiobook blog at http://audiobooker.booklistonline.com/
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 5:38 am
Teen Tech Week + audiobooks = Amazing
Posted by: Mary

March 8-14 is the American Library Association’s Teen Tech Week, sponsored by YALSA. This is a perfect time to display & promote the audiobooks that have been named as Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. Or ALSC’s Notable Children’s Recordings, as that list includes titles recommended for listeners age 14 and under. And of course, this year’s Odyssey Award winner The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and honor titles Curse of the Blue Tattoo, Elijah of Buxton, and Nation are sure-fire hits with teens. Tomorrow night is parent-teacher conference night in my school – a perfect opportunity to host a “How to Download” hands-on demo in my school library, showing parents how their public library card is the key to 24/7 educational & recreational materials available through the public libary web site. What a bonus that this is also “Read an Ebook Week“  – we’ll be downloading those as well!

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