Recharge Your Library Programs with Pop Culture and Technology:
Connect with Today's Teens
by Linda D. Behen
June 2013, 179pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-369-1
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Learn how to integrate pop culture and technology into school library programs and classrooms, and make today's digital content, mobile devices, and students' changing interests work to the educator's advantage.

Today’s school libraries need to evolve and meet the needs of 21st-century students—the instruction, programming, and library services must be relevant to today’s learners. Additionally, the interactions between educators and the students are what make the critical difference in the students’ learning, and turn the library and classroom into places where they will find, assimilate, experience, and understand information. This book provides practical strategies for using pop culture and technology trends to connect with easily distracted middle and high school students and hold their attention.

Author Linda D. Behen addresses why school libraries are in transition and why there is a need for dramatic change. She discusses the evolution of all libraries in response to digital content; ubiquitous mobile devices such as smart phones, iPads, and other tablet computers; patrons’ changing interests; and the ways in which schools and school libraries have found to effectively adapt to technology changes and student needs. This book is essential for middle and high school librarians and educators, library school students and instructors, and young adult public librarians.


  • Provides annotated lists of recommended apps and effective media tools
  • Examines what new methods and tools work best to engage the attention of this generation of students
  • Explains how to teach students already comfortable with the Internet how to find, evaluate, understand, and assimilate information for both academic and personal purposes
  • Demonstrates how to keep up and constantly change a library program to maintain its appeal
Linda D. Behen, MLS, has been a school librarian for 17 years, most currently at Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, OH. Her published work includes Libraries Unlimited's Using Pop Culture to Teach Information Literacy: Methods to Engage a New Generation. Behen holds a master of library science degree from the University of Kentucky.


"This book is highly recommended for school library media specialists who wish to make their programs more relevant to today’s teens. It is full of useful and detailed suggestions."—ARBA, August 1, 2013
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