Make the Most of Your Teen Services FB Page
Hopefully, you have a teen services FB page. This is a great way for you to remind teens of upcoming programs, new books, popular culture tidbits, great homework sites and have fun, informal contests and chats. When creating a teen services FB page, make sure it is not tied to your personal account but to your library or work e-mail, always keep your personal stuff personal. Your library may want to explore creating a social media policy to help outline what staff can and can’t do using the library’s FB page (here is an example http://lis768.tametheweb.com/libraryschool/2011/02/20/a-public-library-social-media-policy/). But in addition to having a main library page, you should have teen centric one that allows you to meet your teens in their world./
Remember, the goal of your page is to Engage, Promote and Share
Promote Your Collection, Favorite Titles, Programs, Services and More
Have an online scavenger hunt: Ask a question that requires teens to use your online catalog or databases to answer. Your teens will learn library resources and research skills while having fun.
Don’t forget your magazine collection. Most of your magazines have online counterparts – send a link to the headline and invite your teens to come in and browse through your mags.
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Make up your own awards and get teens voting. Be sure to have a mock Printz Award campaign in January.
Have a tech lab where teens create pictures, posters and more and then share them on FB. This is a great way to teach teens tech skills and have teen generated content to share on your FB page. You can use things like Publisher, Powerpoint, Gimp and more. Or you can get ambitious and let teens make their own videos (outside the library or part of a program) to share. You can even get them to make commercials for your library or SRC, book trailers (see above) and more.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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