Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Indispensable app: YALSA Teen Book Finder

YALSA's Teen Book Finder app
My assignment this week for Technology in the Workplace, LIBT 15, is to comment on an app that I think would be indispensable in a library. My pick: the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)'s Teen Book Finder.

YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free app allowing access to the past three years of YALSA awards and lists on the user's smartphone. YALSA recommends the app for teens, parents, library staff, educators and anyone who loves YA literature.

QR code for  YALSA Teen Book Finder app
Scan this QR code
to get the YALSA
Teen Book Finder app
According to YALSA, the app is compatible with iPod Touch, an iPhone or iPad. An Android version of the app is planned for later in 2013.

A homepage featuring three titles from the database is refreshed each day. App users have the ability to search for books by author, title, award/list year, genre, by award and by booklist.

A Find It! button, powered by the OCLC WorldCat Search API, shows users where to find the book in a nearby library. Users can create an individualized booklist and share books on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information about the YALSA Teen Book Finder app, visit or contact

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