Wednesday, October 23, 2013

ILA Tuesday, Oct. 15

I attended the following sessions:

E-Books for Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Shared Collection
In this overview of Axis 360 I learned that each member library will have their own Axis 360 website with patron authentication.  They will be able to run usage reports.  “Unbound” program will allow libraries to purchase local titles for their collection.
Axis 360 will eventually be a multi-format platform but for now is only e-books.  Big six publishers are on board.

Machines, Tools, Imagination, Stories: Book-Based, guy-Friendly Teen programming Girls will Love Too
I got some great ideas from the YA librarians who run the Teen Loft at the Evanston Public Library.  They offer book based programs that incorporate a hands on component. For example they have a Father/Son book group that read The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and partnered with the Evanston Police to come in and do a CSI type program. They also have a teen theater group called B.O.O.K. (Bodacious Oracles of Knowledge) that involves adaptations of book into scripts and performing them for the public.  Sometimes, they write their own scripts, other times they pay the licensing fee to perform something.  

Fire Up Your Teen Programming @ Anylibrary Illinois is a website where libraries can promote their programming.  Formerly known as Sheldon, this project was funded by a 2012 IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant.  It is still a work in progress, but basically any library that uses a programming calendar with RSS can sign up and have their information feed into the site.  

Make it Count: Engaging Teen Readers through a Multi-Library Collaboration
I participated in a panel presentation that discussed the 10 to 1 Book Club that I helped launch last year.  This is a multi-library collaborative Mock Printz reading group that involves public and school librarians. Two teens who participated in the program also spoke about their experience with the group.  They were the stars of the presentation!  Forty people attended the and we had a lively Q&A.


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