From School Library Journal
In this clear and informative title, Braun encourages librarians to involve teens in technology-related activities and projects that will benefit them and others. She responds to questions regarding participation, benefits to patrons and libraries, and training. The author provides numerous suggestions for activities (book-oriented blogs, fan sites, online tutorials, e-mail newsletters, etc.), and templates for specific programs. For each program outlined, she answers the who, what, where, and why of youth involvement and includes a thorough responsibility checklist. Chapters also deal with overcoming obstacles to achieve success. Appendixes include a list of the National Youth Participation Guidelines (YALSA), a "Youth Participation Technology Checklist," samples of volunteer and self-assessment forms, and suggestions for software. This excellent volume is a must for libraries with teen groups, and a consideration for those that don't have them.Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
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Explaining how and why to integrate technology into youth participation projects, Braun illustrates how libraries can open up possibilities for teens to initiate and develop activities on their own. Specific program suggestions and a wealth of appendixes provide details to: - Involve teens at every step of the process- Identify activities that meet teens' developmental needs- Provide training and skills so they can be successful- Clarify roles and responsibilities for teens and library staff, including buy-in from information Technology- Understand trends and opportunities for youth service