Renee Hobbs participated in the YALSA National Forum on Libraries and Teens project, the Teens & Libraries Summit Jan. 23-24, 2013, in Seattle. The Summit featured two days of speakers, panels and small group discussion to examine the current state of library services for and with young adults, and to explore how library services may need to evolve to meet the needs of 21st century adolescents. The Summit was facilitated by Maureen Sullivan,current ALA President. Speakers included Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, Mimi Ito of the Connected Learning Project, and George Needham, Vice President, OCLC.
At the conclusion of the year-long Forum, YALSA will produce a white paper which will provide direction on how library services for and with teens needs to adapt and potentially change to better meet the needs of 21st century teens.