JUST FOR TEENS: A NEW LOOK FOR THE INTERNET PUBLIC LIBRARY TEEN DIVISION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Sara Ryan
School of Information
University of Michigan
550 East University
Ann Arbor, MI
48109-1092
teen@ipl.org

November 14, 1996

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, NOVEMBER 14, 1996 -- The Internet Public Library (IPL), based at the University of Michigan School of Information, has redesigned the Teen Division. This special place for teenagers, available on the Web at http://www.ipl.org/teen/, is timely and hip with topics ranging from "health" and "issues and conflicts", to "sports" and "politics." The Teen Division provides a coherent, objective and easily accessible place for teens to find the quality information resources they need. The IPL sees teenagers as people with unique concerns, and envisions the Teen Division as a place to involve teens in the work of a library.

A call is out for talented teenagers to join the Teen Divison's Advisory Board and influence the work of the library. The IPL Teen Division is currently searching for ten dedicated, creative people between the ages of 13 and 19 to serve on our Advisory Board. Details about serving on the Board and an application form are available at http://www.ipl.org/teen/boardform.html.

Potential Board members do not need to be from the United States, but they must be fluent in English. Board members will have the opportunity to evaluate Web sites, contribute graphics and design ideas, and participate in the development of new projects for the Division.

The Internet Public Library is a project based at the University of Michigan School of Information, and is partially supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The library began as a graduate student project in 1995, and is now staffed by professional librarians with assistance from students and volunteer librarians from around the World. The library maintains a collection of network-based ready reference works; responds to reference queries, creates resources for children and young adults ; evaluates and categorizes resources on the Internet, and provides a space for exhibitions. The library strives to be a source of innovation in the networked environment, seeking partnerships with organizations with compatible goals.