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Technology and Kids


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Presented at OLSN Conference May 5, 2011. …

Presented at OLSN Conference May 5, 2011.
A guided tour of the latest technology trends and implications for children’s and teen services in libraries.

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  • 1. Jen Gal
    Branch Manager
    Hamilton Public Library
  • 2. Agenda
    Trends in Library Service to Kids and Teens:
    eBooks for Kids and Teens
    iPad meets Story Time
    Virtual Visits with Skype
    Technology Programming
    All of the websites highlighted in this session are available at:
  • 3. eBooks for Kids and Teens
    Nook Color featuring Jamberryby Bruce Degen
  • 4. eBooks for Kids and Teens
    Trend: A New Demand for Kids’ eBooks
    The use of eBooks has increased exponentially in the last 6 -9 months.
    Though children’s and teen titles have been available in the EPUB and PDF formats, until recently the primary focus and demand has been on adult eBook collections – this is changing.
  • 5. eBook Usage at Hamilton PL
    Average Checkout Per Day Per Month
  • 6. eBooks for Kids and Teens
    OverDrive has a wide range of children’s and teen titles available in the EPUB and PDF format.
  • 7. eBooks for Kids and Teens
  • 8. eBooks for Kids and Teens
    Trend: The “Pass Back” Effect
    A study by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center revealed that a growing number of children are gaining access to mobile devices through their parents.
    “Within the national survey, two-thirds of children ages four to seven have used an iPhone or iPod Touch and 85 percent have used one owned by a parent.”
    “The ‘Pass Back’ Effect.”
    Kathy Ishizuka SLJ December 1, 2010
  • 9. eBooks for Kids and Teens
    Trend: The “Pass Back” Effect
    "Somehow the market has extrapolated that if kids don't own Kindles and Nooks there's no point in selling books to them. The real shift in eBooks is when kids will begin rallying behind these devices and read digitally, and that will foretell a fundamental shift in publishing certainly through the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012.” Jacob Lewis, cofounder and CEO of Figment
    “Tech Trends: Talking Apps and Ebooks at TOC Bologna.”
    Lauren Barack SLJ April 12, 2011
  • 10. eBooks for Kids and Teens
    Trend: The “Pass Back” Effect
    Children and teens may not be the primary owners of Kobos and Sony Readers but as their access to these devices increases via their parents, so will their demand for titles – and ultimately their own devices.
    • VINCI Tab, a new touchscreen tablet is the first device designed specifically for toddlers.
  • eBooks for Kids and Teens
    Trend: Interactivity
    Children’s eBooks are beginning to take advantage of the digital format by adding elements of interactivity.
    • OverDrive has just released the Disney Digital Books collection which has titles in the EPUB format as well as online and interactive books
    similar in format
    to TumbleBooks.
  • 11. TumbleBooks
  • 12. TumbleBooks
  • 13. Disney Digital Books
    EPUB format or online and interactive, with audio narration
    Available through OverDrive
  • 14. Disney Digital Books
  • 15. Story Time Meets iPad
    The Cat in the Hatfor iPad
  • 16. Story Time Meets iPad
    Trend: Shift from eReaders to Tablets
    As demand shifts from dedicated eReaders to full-colour, touch screen tablets, there are exciting implications for picture books.
    While the small, black and white screens of the first generation eReaders were not suited to picture books, the iPad and other tablets are ideal, offering vibrant, full colour displays combined with incredible interactivity.
    The future of pop-up and lift the flap books is digital.
  • 17. Story Time Meets iPad
    PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbitfor iPad
  • 18. Story Time Meets iPad
    Wild About Books for iPad
  • 19. Story Time Meets iPad
    Trend: iPad Programming
    • Libraries are beginning to recognize the possibilities for programming with the iPad, as seen at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library in Ohio.
    Photo of children playing with iPads courtesy of Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library on Flickr
  • 20. Virtual Visits with
  • 21. Virtual Author Visits
    Photo of Skype visit with Sara Zarrcourtesy of The Unquiet Library on Flickr
  • 22. Virtual Author Visits
    The software is free to download and calls from ‘Skype to Skype’ are free.
    Through Skype libraries have access to authors that would otherwise be prohibited by geography.
    Many authors are even willing to do short ‘meet and greet’ sessions for free.
  • 23. Virtual Author Visits
    What You Will Need:
    A webcam and microphone (already included on most laptops)
    A projector
    An author:
    • Skype an Author Network
    • 24. Authors’ Booking Service
  • Virtual Class Visits
    The Future of Class Visits?
    Skype presents a viable alternative to traditional class visits, enabling library staff to conduct school visits with little
    interruption to theschool or library schedule.
    • Skype also offers the benefit of screen sharing, allowing for demonstrations of online resources, book trailers, etc.
  • Technology Programming
  • 25. Summer Reading Online
    Trend: Integrated Branch and Online SRC
    Public libraries are
    beginning to offer
    online summer
    reading programs
    more closely
    integrated with
    in-branch programs.
    Oakville PL and Hamilton PL are using their catalogue, BiblioCommons, as a tool for kids to register and track their progress in the club.
  • 26. Summer Reading Online
    Trend: Integrated Branch and Online SRC
    There are also a wide range of free tools available to make an online summer reading program possible:
    • Wufoo: online forms to submit books reviews
    • 27. Poll Daddy: online polls
    • 28. Shout Mix: shout boxes to allows users to post comments instantly
    Step-by-step instructions on how to use these tools to create an online summer program is available at:
  • 29. QR Codes
    What Are They?
    • “A Quick Response code is a 2D barcode that can store and display lots of information. You install a barcode scanner on your phone which uses the camera to capture an image of the QR code and your phone completes the encoded action.
    The QR code can be programmed to connect you to a website (where you could watch a video, read an RSS feed, or get more info), make a phone call, send an SMS (text message), send email, download contact information to your phone, or map an address.”
    “How Libraries Can Use QR Codes to Improve Services” January 20, 2011. We Know Books, ETC.
  • 30. QR Codes
    Trend: QR Code Scavenger Hunts
    • Though the trend began in academic libraries, many public libraries are adopting this new technologyand are using scavenger hunts to introduce
    it to customers.
    There are lots of free QR code generators and readers available, such as BeeTagg and Invx.
    Students taking part in a QR code scavenger hunt at Hill Country Middle School Library in Austin, Texas
    “QR Codes hit the library.” April 8, 2011. Eanes ISD Libraries
  • 31. Computer Training for Kids & Teens
    Kids and teens are sometimes overlooked when it comes to computer training in libraries but there are lots of free, online tools available that make for exciting computer classes for the younger set.
    • Photo Editing Classes with Picnik
    • 32. Video Editing with Windows Movie Maker or Photobucket
    • 33. Digital Scrapbooking with Mixbook
  • Tech Tutors
    • Tech savvy teens can be recruited as volunteers to offer one on one assistance during computer classes.
    • 34. It’s a great way for teens to earn volunteer hours and gives them the opportunity to be the expert.
  • Questions?
    All of the websites highlighted in this session are available at: