Kerrilynn Hits the Road

Kerrilynn Hurley, a Teen Services Librarian at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library (MMSCL), presented at the ALA Annual Conference as part of a YALSA panel on Trends in YA Services: Using Mobile Devices to Serve Teens. Joining Kerrilynn on the panel was Jack Martin, New York Public Library, Jennifer Valesquez, San Antonio Public Library, Patrick F. Taylor Sci & Tech Academy students Enjoli Gilbert and Courtney Beamer, and Renee McGrath, Nassau Library System.

Kerrilynn spoke about a number of initiatives at MMSCL. In 2009, the library was awarded a grant to purchase 25 iPod Touches to use with the community. While their parents attended ESL classes, 15 high school students learned to use a variety of apps. At the end of the year party, each student demonstrated an app for an audience of their parents and peers.

A graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College and a part-time librarian at Hampton Bays Public Library, Kerrilynn also wears another hat: Librarian on the Beach. She takes advantage of MMSCL’s proximity to the beach by bringing mobile devices and promotional material to Smith Point Beach. At a table on the boardwalk, Kerrilynn shows teens how to register online for programs, use the library catalog, and contact a librarian via text message. This summer, MMSCL will be sending a library van full of books, DVDs, laptops and library staff to the beach as part of the On the Road program. If you’ll be at the beach this summer, be sure to look for Kerrilynn!

To read more about the YALSA presentation on serving teens with mobile devices, take a look at moderator Linda Braun’s detailed post on the YALSA blog, which includes links to program handouts.

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