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Let’s Facebook It! Promoting Library Services to Young Adults Through Social Media

The College of Communication & Information is seeking research participants to study the professional social media practices of young adult librarians. We are seeking people who are currently employed as young adult librarians in public libraries. In particular, we are seeking participants who worked with social media as professional librarians. We are seeking participants who would be willing to participate in a research survey or interview.

The purpose of this study is to better understand how young adult librarians interact with young adult patrons through their library’s social media profiles. Additionally, we will investigate the role(s) young adult librarians see social media as playing in marketing and promotion of library services. We hope to understand the what, how, and why of social media use by libraries and librarians.

This research study is being conducted by doctoral student Abigail Phillips of the College of Communication & Information at Florida State University to learn more about how librarians engage with young patrons through social media. You can reach the researcher to volunteer for surveys and/or interviews or to ask for more information about this research study at this email:, Florida State University, College of Communication & Information, 142 Collegiate Loop, Tallahassee, FL 32306.

For additional information on your rights as a research participant, you can also contact Florida State University’s Human Subjects Committee, Tallahassee, FL 32306, (+1)850-644-8673.

For more information regarding this study, please visit the study website contact Abigail Phillips at to schedule to complete a survey and/or schedule an interview. Thank you for your help!

For full details and documentation go here:

NEWS: Vote for your favourite UK Educational Blog

UKEdChat is running a poll to discover the most popular educational blogs in the UK.

Teen Librarian has been nominated and there are a ton of other excellent educational sites that you can discover. So take a look here:

Discover some excellent sites and cast your vote (if you are so inclined).

Nominations are open for the title of Queen of Teen 2014

To celebrate all that is great in teen fiction… the love stories… the life stories… the vampires… the villains… the Queen of Teen award is BACK! Back to capture the imagination of teenage readers across the country, finding out which authors made them laugh, which made them cry, which one petrified them or inspired them… and which author will make them visit and nominate him or her as a potential claimant to the throne! Long live the Queen of Teen!

The Queen of Teen award was founded in 2008 to celebrate the most feisty and fantastic writers for the tween and teen market. 2010 saw Cathy Cassidy swipe the crown from the very first winner, Louise Rennison, and in 2012 Maureen Johnson won the coveted title… being crowned in her original high school prom dress. In its first six years the competition has been a huge success, with thousands of heartfelt nominations from readers about the books they care most passionately about and tens of thousands of votes cast for each shortlist.

Queen of Teen is now inviting nominations for this year’s award, which will be presented at a regally stylish award ceremony on 11th July 2014. Between 12th March and 29th April 2014, readers can nominate any author for the award, and the top ten nominated authors will make up the shortlist which will be announced on 1st May 2014. Superfans of each of the shortlisted authors will be invited to the award ceremony where they will be able to mingle with their favourite writers, invited journalists and other special guests.

In previous years, it has been very gratifying for the shortlisted authors to see how much their books mean to their fans: reigning Queen of Teen Maureen Johnson says:

I have savoured my reign as Queen of Teen. I have tried to rule with a FAIR and EVEN hand, demanding only the smallest of tributes, like gold bathtubs, dancing trees, and total control of the weather. I leave my fate to the winds. Will there be a new ruler? No one knows. I am watching a dancing tree in my gold bathtub while making it rain, so my mind is regally elsewhere.

New British Library Film

The British Library, the world’s largest library, has unveiled a new online film which sheds light on the unique resources available to aspiring and established filmmakers, directors, producers and screenwriters who are looking for inspiration, research, networking and business support.

As well as books, the film sector has free access to the library’s resources which includes:

. Sound recordings: radio, oral history, film music and soundscapes

. Moving image: 14,000 music videos, 9,000 TV programmes and news footage

. Networking opportunities through events with partners e.g. Sheffield Doc/Fest meet-ups

. Filming opportunities within the Library building (at a cost)

To coincide with this film The British Library is hosting an event on Saturday 29 March with acclaimed screenwriter, novelist and playwright Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, Le Week-end) reflecting on his work in film. More details here: Hanif Kureishi – My Beautiful Film Career.

On Monday 31 Mar 2014 award-winning screenwriter and director Tony Grisoni (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) will share stories about his work and doing research for films. More details here: Inspiring filmmakers with Tony Grisoni

Taking Stock the YLG London Unconference Twitter feed on Storify

Booktrust unveils judging panel for Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle

Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc and Made in Chelsea’s Andy Jordan amongst judges for inaugural Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle

The reading charity is today delighted to reveal the judging panel that will decide the winners of the brand new Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle.

The diverse group features widely loved names from literature, showbiz and business, including Waterstones Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, Apprentice star Tom Pellereau and Made in Chelsea’s Andy Jordan. Great British Bake Off star Mel Giedroyc will host the awards ceremony that will take place on 2nd July.

Tom Pellereau will be joined by literary scout John McLay and author and illustrator Lauren Child in judging the 0-5 years category, while TV presenters Cerrie Burnell and Andy Akinwolere will judge the 6-8 group, alongside the Guardian’s children’s books editor Julia Eccleshare.

As well as her duties as ceremony host, Mel Giedroyc will swap pastries for pages in judging the 9-11 category alongside Blue Peter’s Helen Skelton, DJ and radio presenter Nemone Metaxas, and respected school librarian Andy Lancaster. Judging the oldest age group, the 12-14s, are novelists Amanda Craig and Louise Rennison, with Made in Chelsea star Andy Jordan.

To reflect how reading has embraced the digital era, there will also be a technology award that will celebrate the best innovations in online literature. Tech journalist Stuart Dredge will assist Amanda Craig and Cerrie Burnell in deciding this award.

The panel will now go into bookworm mode, reading their assigned categories’ long list, to create a short list that will be announced on 27th March. Children across the country, signed up for the project by schools and libraries, will then be invited to vote for the overall winners of each specific category.

The current and former Children’s Laureate – Malorie Blackman and Booktrust President Michael Morpurgo – will be on hand to decide the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, alongside the Daily Telegraph’s culture editor Martin Chilton and Booktrust’s CEO Viv Bird.

Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman commented;

“I am thrilled to be part of the judging panel for the Lifetime Achievement Award, to help to recognise the outstanding talent in the world of children’s books. We are incredibly lucky in this country to have a wealth of authors and illustrators who have entertained generation after generation with fantastic stories, and it’s important to celebrate this whenever possible.

“Many of us writing today owe everything to the stories we read at home, at school and in libraries as children, so I couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of honouring achievement in this field.”

Booktrust Chief Executive Viv Bird, added;

“We’re very excited to announce our panel, which is a great mix of some of the nation’s most talented writers, respected journalists and popular celebrities.

There’s a lot of fantastic reading ahead for our judges, and we hope they enjoy embracing their inner child in providing a shortlist for the nation’s school-children to choose from. With so many top authors and titles in the running, we anticipate an exciting vote.”

The full judging panel is below:


0-5 years

• John McLay

• Lauren Child

• Tom Pellereau

6-8 years

• Julia Eccleshare

• Cerrie Burnell

• Andy Akinwolere

9-11 years

• Adam Lancaster

• Helen Skelton

• Mel Giedroyc

• Nemone Metaxas

12-14 years

• Amanda Craig

• Louise Rennison

• Andy Jordan


• Amanda Craig

• Stuart Dredge

• Cerrie Burnell

Lifetime Achievement Award

• Viv Bird

• Malorie Blackman

• Michael Morpurgo

• Martin Chilton

Maker Library Network to launch in South Africa

The Maker Library Network (MLN) is a British Council project commissioned as part of Connect ZA, a programme running throughout 2014 & 15 which aims to create connections between young creatives and audiences in the UK and South Africa. The MLN is a new initiative that promotes collaboration and knowledge-sharing between designers and makers. The programme will culminate with an event to showcase the achievements of the first year, with the ambition to expand into a world-wide network.

Maker Libraries are creative spaces that combine reading, showing and making. This new type of library, whilst encouraging local development, is also part of a new international mentoring network. When a Maker Library (ML) is set up, the librarian receives a starter kit which includes a blueprint and materials budget to build a library, a core set of books, a growing resource of open designs and access to a panel of mentors via an online platform.

Maker Libraries are workspaces defined by three key elements: a library, a makespace and a gallery. Librarians in each country will be able to share and adapt the MLN principles for their local conditions and location; whether in their studio, in the corner of a cafe, or in a purpose built traveling vehicle.

Each Maker Library is led by a librarian who is interested in fostering creative, social thinking and learning through making. Each library will run a dynamic programme of activities which is informed by the librarian’s interests. As an active member of the MLN community, the librarian has an opportunity to connect, learn and contribute with like-minded people. Members of the MLN will also have access to a pool of mentors who will be sharing knowledge and resources via the online platform.

For more information and to follow the story, visit the Maker Libraries website at

Malorie Blackman and The Black Tentacle

This is not the title of a new penny dreadful featuring our Children’s Laureate versus a fearsome octopoid from the depths; rather it is news that this year The Kitschies Black Tentacle, the judges’ discretionary award for special achievements, was this year, awarded to Dame Malorie Blackman OBE.


The Kitschies, presented by The Kraken Rum, reward the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.

The prize is now entering its fifth year.


The Kitschies Tentacle Awards are some of the most amazing looking awards available for writers.

The Tentacle Awards are:

The Red Tentacle is awarded annually to the novel containing speculative or fantastic elements that best fulfills the criteria of intelligent, progressive and entertaining.

The winner receives a £1,000 prize, a hand-crafted tentacular trophy and a bottle of the Kraken’s finest black rum.

The Golden Tentacle is awarded annually to the debut novel that best fits the criteria of progressive, intelligent and entertaining. The book must be the author’s first published work of novel-length fiction in any genre.

The winner receives a £500 prize, a hand-crafted trophy and a bottle of The Kraken’s black spiced rum.

The Inky Tentacle is named in honour of The Kraken itself and is awarded to the year’s finest cover art, as selected by a panel of visual arts experts.

The winning artist or designer will receive a £500 prize, a hand-crafted Tentacle trophy and an appropriately inky bottle of The Kraken’s finest dark rum.

The Black Tentacle is a special achievement award. It is handed out at the discretion of The Kitschies’ board, which is comprised of editors, authors, marketers and social entrepreneurs.

The prize is awarded for a work or body of work that does not otherwise fit The Kitschies’ criteria. The winner receives a hand-crafted tentacle and a bottle of The Kraken’s black spiced rum.

For full details about the Kitchies and for a ful run down about the prizewinners please follow this link:

CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Awards Dates to Diarise

Shortlist announcement: Tuesday 18 March 2014

The shadowing website will be updated on the 18 March, when the shortlists are announced. From the 18 March your group will be able to write reviews and personalise your homepage.

All shadowing groups in the UK will be sent a pack of posters, bookmarks, stickers and postcards to arrive in the post shortly after the 18 March.
Posters, bookmarks, doorhangers, certificates, event posters and the award logo will be available to download.

The winners of the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Awards will be announced on Monday 23 June 2014

Open consultation Public libraries: what do you think?

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Communities and Local Government has jointly commissioned William Sieghart to produce an independent report considering the current structure and role of public libraries, including community libraries, in England as well as identifying any opportunities for future delivery.

William is supported by an Advisory Panel. Interested parties are invited to submit evidence to help inform their considerations, on the following areas:

1. What are the core principles of a public library service into the future?
2. Is the current delivery of the public library service the most comprehensive and efficient?
3. What is the role of community libraries in the delivery of a library offer?