The elevator pitch or taxi chat

Elevator speeches are great tools for network and try to be effective at presenting what you or your library do to an specific audience or person. As a tool, it comes from the business world and it is often recommended for people seeking a job to introduce themselves in a effective and concise manner. In LIS, Michael Stephen at his Library Journal column offers a brief note about why elevator speeches are important in the library world, especially when we are out there in the world and someone asks why what you do matters. Kathy Dempsey at InfoToday provides a longer reflection, but also a funny alternative name to the action, the taxi chats, and offers some basic ideas to start drafting a chat.

Beyond this two background posts, following you can find more concrete resources that can help you start thinking about your own speech:

Teens Involvement: Volunteers

Resources available in print at QC:

Some online resources discussed yesterday:


  • YALSA grants: Not just for volunteer programs, but for anything. Remember to check it out and start applying for some of the opportunities for students!
  • LSTA at the State library
  • Local organizations: Check your community profile! Remember how Syntichia Kendricks-Samuel is running a year long program through a Best Buy grant? Sometimes your best allies are around the corner!
  • Youth Service America
  • Grantwatch and the Foundation Directory to help you find organizations beyond the LIS scope

Programming resources from Rosenthal (and other surprises)

Apart from the complete bibliographic information, I am adding the permanent link for WorldCat. From there you can check the Queens College/CUNY availability.

Beyond these monographs, you should always check the professional journals VOYA and YALS. Online you can always find ideas and a potential sharing community at The Library Incubator, YALSA’s The Hub, TeenLibrarianToolbox, and Teen Services Underground.

ABOUT SPECIFIC POPULATIONS: For these topics, some of the monographs are rather outdated. They still can serve as a general guidance about the population, but you should always check the LISA and LISS for more up-to-date information.


7 questions to find teen librarianship’s essence…too much pressure? No!!





Following you have the five questions we developed and selected in class; you also have two more than you can create or choose from the non-selected ones. Revisit the little tips we saw in class about how to organize interview questions. Remember, interviewing is a collaboration where the interaction of both parts produce new knowledge:

  • How do you stay current on trends among teens?
  • How do you establish boundaries with teen patrons?
  • How do you get teens interested in your current programs? Or new programs?
  • What has been your most successful strategy to improve the teen department?
  • Overall, what would you say is the biggest challenge of teen librarianship or being a teen librarian? How do you deal with it? And the main reward of your position?


Back and with WP knowledge

First post for 777 is inspired by the experience of the 739 class. You are seeing the 5 basic skills that will make your first steps easier. Also, the links that I share take you to some of my favourite sites for WP help:

  1. How to follow others: If the blog is also WordPress (WP) and you are log in your account, a Follow button should appear in the low right corner of your screen. If you want to follow a non WP, you can use different option, among them include the blog in the Reader that WP offers. This link provides more in-depth information and step by step process.
  2. Difference between visual and html editor: Basically, the visual editor looks like a text processor and allows to work without knowing html code. If you end up being a serious blogger you will probably download WP to your computer and work with html. You might want to take some of the advance tech classes
  3. How to schedule a post: Sometimes it might be convenient to write a post but not publish it right away. The link for readers and the link for viewers.
  4. Differences between categories and tags: Categories can be hierarchical, tend to be less in number than tags and help you organize big chunks of posts. For tags, sky is the limit and there is no structure at all…are you remembering 703? More information here.
  5. Create pages: Pages tend to be more stable and they might be helpful to separate different posts or types of information. Be aware that some themes are a bit obscure about how to create pages, so do not lose your patience fast! For more information here you have a step by step explanation, both with video and text.

Also, this is a YALSA video about twitter use for those of you who are not Twitter users. It is from 2012 so some things have changes a bit, but it is pretty clear about basic


Teen media differences

While exploring how 739 students thought that teen media (non book materials) were similar of different from the teen lit we have been working with, an intriguing and rich process emerged where we wanted to differentiate between what media conglomerates produce for teens and what teens watch and like (most of the time beyond those products that are specifically for them). It was a challenging and engaging activity, at least for me as the guide and note taker. Here you have a tentative visual result:

Teen media process

Your selection of resources S2016

Allison recommends Common Sense Media: “The site breaks down educational merit, violence & scariness, sexy stuff, language and positive messages with simple a 5 star rating system.   Particularly useful are the discussion topics in the “Families can talk about…” section.”

Caitlin recommends Epic Reads: “I find it’s best to find YA literature through forums that offer a young adult interface, style, language, colors, etc. It allows you to browse books by new releases or what’s coming soon, your favorite authors, or do a specific search. And, to make the experience more complete they offer a ‘Fun’ tab that includes giveaways, quizzes and polls.”

Erin recommends School Library Journal, Kirkus , and Voya because they “are several sources that I typically use while at work for collection development purposes.”

Christina recommends Gay YA: It features book reviews and blog posts by authors and teens on topics surrounding LGBT characters in YA fiction. Reviews (especially from teen authors) tend to be longer and more informal than those found in a journal, but provide insight into why teens are choosing these particular books over other YA LGBT materials. Additionally, Gay YA curates masterlists of YA fiction for different LGBT identities.

Genee recommends some local libraries’ resources: NYPL staff picks, Brooklyn’s What to Read, Queen’s staff picks, and Brooklyn’s Bookmatch service. Her reason is more than sound: “I typically stick to using my home library’s librarian recommendation/staff picks web page, because who would know what to recommend better than the experts.”

Gloria recommends Novelist because “I consider myself such an avid reader, I am often browsing the possibilities of this resource. So much to read, so little time.”

Jess, Marlene and Taylor recommended Goodreads YA because “Goodreads overall is a great tool when selecting YA materials and books in general for collection development and readers’ advisory. It contains enough content to satisfy both an information specialist performing readers’ advisory and the casual reader.” Goodreads also is “great resource because it is teen centered and very popular. Lots of people sign on everyday to update their reading challenges or to start an online discussion. I use this resource to read reviews and read profiles.”

Jen send you to  All Our Worlds: Diverse Fantastic Fiction because “the site hosts a searchable database of sci-fi and fantasy books that in one way or another diverge from the white, straight, Western standard of SFF. The database allows users to search by tag (gender, orientation, race, setting, etc.), with loads of subtags for race/setting and disability if you’re looking for something specific. Results can also be limited by audience and it also offers a few curated lists.”

Kara points to YALSA booklists because “they’re organized by year (and are therefore current), the book descriptions are clear and easy to use for readers’ advisory, and they give me a lot of options really quickly. they are a great way for someone (me) who used to be very immersed in teen lit trends but has fallen off the YA bandwagon in the past few years to get reacquainted and excited about the popular stuff that’s out there now.”

Natasha will stay  Forever Young Adult since it “allows you to keep up with teen trends in young adult literature, media & pop-culture. This refreshing and creative blog is a one-stop-resource equipped with up-to-date catchy categories.” She highlights the main resources for librarians and teens alike!

Sandy goes with a classic, the Book Smugglers because “they consistently update their blog and do round-ups of what’s going on in the publishing world. I like that they balance between reviewing upcoming titles and older titles that have been forgotten as the publishers crank out newer, shinier titles. Another thing that I really admire about Anna and Thea? They never sugarcoat their reviews”