Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially they types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.
Getting teens into libraries is essential. Offering gaming, access to computers, and online homework help is important, and letting teens know that campus librarians can help educate them on how to use these resources will get them in the door.
From maker spaces, to coding classes to online knitting clubs now offered by libraries across the country, the do-it-yourself theme shows how libraries provide meaningful contributions to the educational and social development of the teens in the community.
Teen Tech Week is a way for librarians and educators to collaborate with and educate teens about technology. Over the last several years the library’s role in increasing digital literacy has become more and more important, equal to that of reading literacy.
Teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Tech Week.
Teen Tech Week is held annually the second week of March. For more information, visitwww.ala.org/teentechweek.