Creating a Digital Media Space for Today's TeensPresentation Transcript
Creating a Digital Media Space for Todays TeensCOREY WITTIG, DIGITAL LEARNING LIBRARIAN – TEEN SERVICES
Corey Wittig• MLIS, University of Pittsburgh 2010• Digital Learning Librarian – Teen Services• Program manager of The Labs @ CLP
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
What’s the deal with The Labs?• CLP’s Teen-only DigitalLearning Lab initiative• 4 locations system-wide• Outreach programming• Tours & trainings
HOMAGO3 levels of engagement • Hanging Out • Messing Around Youmediachicago.org • Geeking OutYOUmedia Chicago – the big cheese
• The Chicago Public Library and The Digital Youth Network collaborated to create YOUmedia• Based on Professor Ito’s research – Univ. Digitalyouthnetwork.org of Chicago• DYN grew out of Chipublib.org MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media & Learning Initiative
ConnectedLearning• Learning continues outside the classroom• Connected Learning is: – Socially connected – Interest-driven – Connects learning w/ personal interests and expresses itself as academic success, career success, or civic engagement.
YOUmedia & Pittsburgh: a historyActing Director of the ETC• The YOUmedia physical space was designed by a team of graduate students under the direction of Professors Drew Davidson and Jesse Schell from the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. – youmediachicago.org
Main –Teen Dept.
From Humble Beginnings…Your Pittsburgh – My interview presentationwas a neighborhood-centered digital storytellingprogram.
Getting started, or How Do YouCreate an Initiative Out of Thin Air? • Plan your program in the context of your library’s Strategic Plan/vision/mission statement – At every turn in the search for funding you will have to justify your program. It starts here. – Root it in research.
Institutional Buy-inMissionTo Engage our Community in Literacy and LearningVision StatementCarnegie Library of Pittsburgh will inspire in the citizens ofour region respect and responsibility for life-longlearning, citizenship, and civic participation.
Testing the waters:programming whilewe wait
QuickFLIX: an existingprogram, expanded Teen Media Awards 2012
HIP-HOP ON L.O.C.K.• We’d done film before, but music was new• Learn from experts.• Further the mission of your partners
An online space to meet
We found more partners…
Grant Writing• Bring your professional passion to it.• We’re librarians—even if you don’t have a Development office, you have great resources• Communicate how your region or service area will benefit• Communicate sustainability• There’s so much great research out now—use it!
Our Funding: 2012 • IMLS – our first application in late 2011 was not awarded funding. • The Heinz Endowments funded The Labs for two years (2012-2013) • The Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation funded iMacs at all four locations • The Grable Foundation continued to fund the Digital Learning Librarian position.
Mentors – the key tosuccess • Lead workshops • Available online and face-to-face • Molly – MLIS, fine art BFA • Andre – Local Andre Molly musician with degree in Costello Dickerson graphic design
Practice(not a game)
Equipment, or what tobuy?Other programs: • Skokie Public Library • IMLS Learning Labs grant awardees • YOUmedia • Give me a call! http://www.skokielibrary.info/
TeenAdvisoryCouncil•Shaped policy•Chose equipment•Debated program name
Pinterest • Great for creating equipment wish lists, cataloging program ideas, etc.
iPads for programming, outreach,and more Grafiti Nootle iPad mount • Jack of all trades device • Borrowed by teen specialists system-wide for programming and outreach • Borrowed by teens in Main Lab afterschool • ―hanging out‖ & ―messing around‖
Apps we love • gifBoom (animated .gifs) • Doink (animation) • Smoovie (stop-motion) • Cinemagram (.gifs) • Comiclife (make comics!) • DM-1 (beat making) • iMovie (video) • Rockmate (music—4 instruments at once!) • Book Creator • LeafSnapHD (botany) • Star Walker (astronomy) • Vintagio (silent film)
The Labs Video Equipment • Canon Vixia HF R500 – consumer grade camera • Green screen (DIY if you can) • Shotgun mic • Boom
M-Audio Oxygen 49 Midi-Controller Blue Snowball mic, and more! The Labs Audio/MusicM-Audio Fast Track Pro Equipment
The Labs Photography Equipment • Nikon D3100 • Digital SLR camera • 16GB memory cards • Could use SLR for your video camera – better lens
APPLE• Apple – certainly not necessary, but probably the best and easiest for digital media lab programming. (Better graphics, video, etc.)• iLife included (iMovie, GarageBand, etc.)• Will your IT Dept. support it? (Ours does not.) • Not networked = not ideal
Google Drive• Great for collaborating on non-networked computers• Sharing our calendar• Have to pay to sync & use Drive for business soon (?)
The Labs Software • Adobe Creative Suite CS6 • Including Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier e, After Effects, etc. • Sibelius Musitian (music theory software) • iLife Suite (iMovie, Garageband, iPhoto, etc.) – free with Mac • Microsoft Office for Mac Monoprice 12x9 drawing tablet and Adobe Photoshop
The Labs: Miscellaneous Equipment M-Audio AV40 Studio Monitors
• Reserve a computer or equipment in Labs space with library card/photo I.D.• Borrowing – will allow teens Equipment policies with badges and library card/photo I.D. to use cameras, etc. outside and around the library
Graphics and creating a brand
SPACES• 2nd to mentors in importance (I think)• 2 branch Labs (East Liberty and Allegheny—recently renovated) are housed in meeting rooms until a teen space build-out scheduled for 2013-2014 • Meeting rooms—temporary solution, but can make it work• South Side (newly renovated) Lab is in the old caretaker’s apartment/programming space on the second floor• Main Lab housed in CLP-Teen Dept.
SOUND ISSUESPrimacoustic VoxGuard Microphone IsolationPanel ($99) • Headphones Guitar and Midi-Keyboard in CLP-Main Lab. • USB recording interface means all you hear is muted strumming or keyboard strikes. • Teen space/digital media lab is ideally placed in a dedicated space, set off from other library services. (Obvious, maybe, but true!)
Hours and Locations
CLP - East Liberty The East Lib. crew work on their latest film project, at the East Liberty Lab, January 2013.• Different meeting rooms depending on branch programming schedule• New teen space in 2014
CLP - Allegheny • Meeting room space • Branch has small teen area, but open floor plan making programming unrealistic• New teen space Summer 2013• Full-time teen librarian who will assist w/ The Labs
CLP - Allegheny
CLP – South Side• Newly renovated branch• Space is in former caretaker’s apartment (upstairs)• Adaptable hangout/loft space
The Thick of It:Program DesignYOUmedia & The Labs guidelines.
Teen Time• Weekdays 2:00 - 6:00 PM• Furniture and computers are restricted to teen use• Teen-only programming• Teen volunteers
Digital Media Lab orMakerspace?
Workshops• Monthly themed workshops• Rotating themes – multimedia (video, photography, graphic design, music/audio production, maker crafts, programming, etc.)• Each week at all 4 Labs locations• Project-based curriculum
Badges: a way to ―level up‖informal learning -Earn a badge by accomplishing workshop learning objectives -Badges confer special borrowing privileges to the earner -Earn 2 badges and get the Regulars badge Labs badges by mentor Andre Costello.
Open LabMonday, Tue., Friday @ CLP-Main Creations from open time at CLP-Main.
Lynda.com • High-quality video tutorials • For professional development • For teen training
Print collection• Large YA print collection already exists in Main-Teen Dept.• Labs print collection is a helpful variety of relevant print materials: guides, art books, manuals, and periodicals.• Added benefit of tying ―risky‖ new program to traditional resources: supporting multi-modal literacy
Room to create with Self-directedlearning Planning session for Chronology – a planned sci-fi web series. Mentors offer guidance as needed
The Labs Kits • Stop-Motion Animation Kit: with iPad and Smoovie App • Soft-Circuits Kit: LEDs, conductive thread crafts • MaKey MaKey Invention Kit
Promotion and connectivity:website, social media, etc. youmedia.org • Difficult to accomplish on popular social media • iRemix – cloud-based social learning network
Library as Incubator www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/
Launch Event! Sponsored by GooglePittsburgh Above: Izzy Realz performs Below: Morgan WK in The LabsTeen Services Coordinator,LeeAnn Anna and I.
Volunteers:community experts2 types of volunteer opportunities 1. Assist mentors in programming 2. Develop a feature program using a special skill of the volunteer
Promotion:It’s My Library Commercial • Follow-up to Labs filmmaking workshops • Participants worked with commercial director on Saturday film shoot
Cel.ly• Free opt-in/opt-out group texts• Great for program reminders
The Future • Professional Development • Tours & group visits • In-system ―outreach‖ • Saturday hours at Main • Two new mentors! • Expanded teen spaces and hours at East Liberty and Allegheny w/ 2 new full-time staff
Outreach The Labs Photobooth w/ Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer PopBooth free app for iPad Dreamers Academy Outreach
Expanded featureworkshops withpartners• HackPittsburgh – soldering and Arduino workshop• QuickFLIX Film Workshops w/ Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media Program & Pittsburgh Community TV• Music production with Hip-Hop on L.O.C.K.• Grant-funded programs w/ CMU’s Hear Me, Children’s Museum of Matthew Beckler – CMU Pittsburgh, and others. PHD student and HackPittsburgh instructor.
Take pART: acollaboration with CMU’sHear Me and JordanMroziak, a DuquesneUniversity Professor andKids & Creativity networkmember.• Led by partners with assistance of Labs mentors• Connected through K&C network
Our Funding: 2013 • IMLS – our second application was awarded funding in late 2012. • 2nd year of funding from The Heinz Endowments(2012-2013) • The Laurel Foundation has funded mentors, equipment, and professional development • The Grable Foundation continues to fund the Digital Learning Librarian position.
Teen volunteers • Identified through badging system • Peer volunteers • The Labs’ ―Capstone‖
Contact Me and Follow Us:• Corey Wittig - email@example.com• @CLP_Tweets (Twitter)•CLPTeens YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/CLPTeens• Facebook.com/CLPTeen (Facebook)• Clpteensburgh.org (Teen Services blog)• The Labs on the CLP website:www.carnegielibrary.org/teens/events/programs/thelabs/