YALSA's Teen Book Finder App: Going Mobile with YALSA's Awards and Lists

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Do you have an iPhone in your rpocket or an iPad in your library? If you do, you may already reach for these devices when you're with a group of teens and someone has a question or needs a book recommendation. Giving that advice is now even easier once you download YALSA's Teen Book Finder app. YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free resource that gives you instant searchable access to three years' worth of YALSA's awards and lists. Search by title, author, genre, award, or list and access a cover image, a brief summary, and links to the award or list on which titles appear.

The Teen Book Finder includes a variety of ways to browse for books. Get started by taking a look at the Hot Picks of the day, three titles that appear on the home screen when you open the app. From there, tap "Search" to see the search options. You might also want to browse the list of authors and look for familiar names, look at the list of books in a particular genre, or choose an award or booklist to peruse. If you're at home, or anywhere outside the library, and need a book, you can search local libraries with the "Find It" feature, which uses the OCLC WorldCat Search API to direct you to the closest library where the book you want is in the catalog. You can create a list of your favorite books, or share books on Facebook or Twitter to recommend them to your friends. Currently only for iOS devices, YALSA's Teen Book Finder will be released for Android devices in 2013.

Librarians know that recommending books can happen anywhere: during library programs, when visiting community groups, or in line at the grocery store. With YALSA's Teen Book Finder in your pocket, you can be ready to recommend a great book wherever you are. Creating a list with the "Favorites" feature provides quick access to titles you love to share. YALSA's awards and lists are great collection development tools. With YALSA's Teen Book Finder, librarians can check their shelves against the current lists while they're in the stacks to discover the new titles that should be added to the collection.

Teens can use YALSA's Teen Book Finder to locate something to read for fun or for school. If teens need to read an award winner, a book from a specific genre, or a free choice book for homework, they can browse YALSA's Teen Book Finder from their classroom and then head to the library to get the book they locate with the app. They can also find a book by a favorite author while out and about, or search the genre lists while hanging out with friends and choose a title to pick up at the library on the way home. …

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