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Reinventing libraries for 'hanging out, messing around and geeking out' - CNN

Reinventing libraries for 'hanging out, messing around and geeking out' - CNN | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Collections, staff and space dedicated to teens have existed in libraries for years. Now, libraries are shifting those resources to developing learning spaces where teens can create content instead of consume it. Research has shown the widespread positive impacts of afterschool programs on academic achievement and social behavior, especially in low-income communities. The need for spaces that engage teens becomes even greater during summer break, when teens have more free time, said Elyse Adler with the Nashville Public Library.
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Wat kan de bibliotheek betekenen voor jongeren? Hier een voorbeeld uit de VS.

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Do video games belong in libraries? - Ruben Navarrette

Do video games belong in libraries? -  Ruben Navarrette | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Ruben Navarrette says games can help lure teens to libraries, a key for survival in the digital age.
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Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter

Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
An open, airy floor at the New York Public Library offers kids spots to play Wii and Guitar Hero, along with books and homework help.
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Teenagers, libraries, digital media, and learning | Reading, Writing, Research, by @dmguion

Teenagers, libraries, digital media, and learning | Reading, Writing, Research, by @dmguion | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are beginning to design special spaces where teens paired with mentors use various digital media for learning and creativity.
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"In November 2011, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, along with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, made grants of $100,000 to twelve museums and libraries across the country to develop digital learning laboratories for teenagers. They will announce another round of grants in November 2012.

Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia

Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia inspired the grant program. It is a special space where teenagers can use equipment provided by the library to create the same sorts of media that they consume. Creativity requires the development of certain skills.

Digital creativity, of course, requires digital skills. But creativity has always required a variety of intellectual, social, and emotional disciplines. The electronic age has not changed that fact at all.

It doesn’t work to plan a new program for a particular constituency and then dictate how it has to work. Development of YOUmedia has required some cultural adjustments. The YOUmedia space cannot enforce traditional library rules about food and noise levels and at the same time maintain a vibrant community of teenagers.

The entire concept of YOUmedia also requires access to and participation of the entire library to make it work. It is not a place for segregating either teenagers or their interests and learning style.

Sooner or later, the library will shape the teenagers’ behavior, but the teenagers will shape the library’s culture at least as much. That will result in short term discomfort and long term continued relevancy for the library as a whole.

Over the years, YOUmedia has started numerous separate projects. Some of them have continued for quite a while. The center has issued a literary magazine for a year and a half and a gaming podcast for three years. The longest-lasting programs have all come from the teenagers’ initiative, not from the library staff."

 

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San Antonio Public Library Wins Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council

"The San Antonio Public Library has been named a 2012 Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) for its health and wellness partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. The awards were announced on June 22 at the ULC Annual Forum in Newport Beach, California. Library Director, Ramiro S. Salazar attended the conference and accepted the award in person on behalf of the Library and the Food Bank.

The award recognizes the San Antonio Public Library’s program to provide area teens with nutrition education, better food choices, cooking classes, and summertime meals and snacks – information that could be crucial to residents of a city facing all the issues arising from a growing obesity problem. The healthy eating program content was based on the ideas and recommendations that came out of regular discussions with teens. As a result of those discussions, the Library’s Teen Services department enlisted the skills and expertise of staff at the San Antonio Food Bank, which provided a licensed nutritionist who supplied guidance to teens and librarians and taught them about making healthy meal choices that would appeal to a teen’s palate."

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Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S. | McClatchy

Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S. | McClatchy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Imagine walking into a public library filled with PlayStations, Wii game consoles and electric keyboards pumped up to maximum volume. Teenagers are munching on snacks, checking out laptops and slouching on sofas or beanbags.
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Participatory Culture and Teens « Tame The Web

Participatory Culture and Teens « Tame The Web | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Teen Librarianship has a unique place within libraries. It’s not quite a new idea for libraries to provide dedicated services to teens, yet it doesn’t still have the same kind of rich history we have with other populations. This gives teen librarianship a unique place within libraries today; it allows the librarians that serve these groups the chance to experiment in regards to how we approach library services. Teen librarians are not exactly bound by the same rules and programs which have held public libraries together for many years. Librarians working with teens have the chance to fully embrace participatory culture and help build a community of patrons who participate just as much as they consume.

 

 

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YALSA » An Interview with the Roadtripping Librarian - video

Over the summer Talya Sokoll traveled across the United States to learn about library services and collections for teens. Talya paid particular attention to space and collections that support the needs of LGBT teens.

 

Interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUw729Hk50E

 

You can read Talya’s article on trans* teens in YA literature in the summer issue of YALS, she updated the article on the YALS site and published a list of trans* YA titles there as well. You can also read her Roadtripping Librarian blog posts on this site."

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Interesting findings about libraries and their offerings for teens in the USA

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Saratoga: Libraries are now so much more than simply a repository of books

By Gayathri Kanth:

Libraries today excel at offering resources and services that facilitate and support the learning process and expand knowledge horizons. Originally a repository of books, the modern library has expanded to include audiovisual materials, exhibit art, present lectures and discussions and offer hands-on activities to enhance the learning process.

This summer, the Saratoga Library has expanded its services by partnering with the Make Magazine to offer a Maker Camp, on Google+, the free virtual summer camp for teens. Teens (and adults) would be able to build some cool projects at home, share what you made on Google+, hang out with some awesome makers and watch the great field trips on Fridays.

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Libraries with makerspaces, as well as maker camps!

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A Voice for Teens: Up Close with Youth Librarian Lindsey Tomsu | School Library Journal

A Voice for Teens: Up Close with Youth Librarian Lindsey Tomsu | School Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Karyn M. Peterson

“The reason why my programming has become so successful is because I have given a voice to my teens and have made them an integral part of [it],” says Library Journal  Mover & Shaker Lindsey Tomsu, new youth librarian and teen club advisor extraordinaire at La Vista Public Library (NE).

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In this fourth of a dozen planned interviews with the youth services librarians named as Mover & Shakers this year, Tomsu shares with SLJ her top teen book picks, her dealings with Dewey, her inspirations and passions, why teens matter so much, and her views on the future of youth services.


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QR Code Treasure Hunt Brings Teens to Libraries

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By Sarah Rich:

"Chesterfield County, Va., libraries challenges teens to go on the iHunt."

 

"As a way to teach teens about library resources, the Chesterfield County, Va., public libraries gave them a challenge: Solve problems with the help of quick response (QR) codes.

At the Chesterfield County Public Library, QR codes were deemed a fitting technology to use for teaching teens information about the county libraries."

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Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs | MindShift

Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs | MindShift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @changeequation: Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs http://t.co/GHMWchLh @MindShiftKQED...

 

"Recognizing the importance of museums and libraries as sites for hands-on learning, the MacArthur Foundation and IMLS-sponsored competition plans to take the YOUmedia model and spread it nationally. The hope is for the new learning labs to serve as places where teens can explore science, technology, art, and literature — not just to not just to read about it — through building and making.

New teen learning labs will be built in San Francisco, CA; Thornton, CO; Columbia, MD; St. Paul, MN; Kansas City, MO; New York, NY; Columbus, OH; Portland, OR; Allentown, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Nashville, TN; and Houston, TX."

 

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Ellis: Libraries are respected brands that can help create strong, resilient communities | Knight Soul of the Community

Ellis: Libraries are respected brands that can help create strong, resilient communities | Knight Soul of the Community | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Gia Arbogast, branch administrator for the Miami-Dade Public Library System describes in a video how YOUMedia Miami will engage teens in building digital literacy skills

 

Libraries have a fundamental role in how attached people are to where they live, Knight’s Paula Ellis, vp/strategic initiatives, told a gathering of library and civic leaders last week.

 

That’s particularly important because how residents feel about their community may lead to greater economic vitality, the Knight-funded Soul of the Community study found."

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