Summer vacation allows for time to catch up on all sorts of things you've put aside until later. For example, over the school year many great-sounding webinars are announced and promoted. Several are added to lists and calendars "not to be missed!" yet the date passes. Luckily, webcasts are often archived and are ideal for later viewing.
Infopeople offered a free webcast on April 26, 2012 by young adult literature expert Michael Cart, "Teen Literature Update 2012." My original goal was to listen and make a list of books to buy and read this summer, before sharing. Michael's 1-hour presentation is wonderful for his intended audience, Teacher/Young Adult/Teen librarians. However, the webcast should be of interest to middle and high school literature classes, book clubs, and serious readers. Too bad most school class periods are less than one hour. Teachers and librarians could add this link to their library or book club website and encourage comments on the webcast.
How else would you use Michael's YA book recommendations? Would you recommend the webcast to parent groups or company employees and suggest adopting a local library or libraries in a school district? That would be a visible way to support students in the face of endless library budget and staffing cuts.