User Driven Teenage Library Services in West Lothian


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Hayley Rowlands on the usage of social media in her book group for teenagers in West Lothian

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User Driven Teenage Library Services in West Lothian

  1. 1. User driven teenage library services in West Lothian Hayley Rowlands 20 th May 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>An estimated 1.67 billion people online </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>User centred </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information sharing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul>
  3. 3. myspace <ul><li>myspace music </li></ul><ul><li>America biggest user </li></ul><ul><li>Most popular social networking site until April 2008 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Twitter <ul><li>only 11% users are aged 12-17 </li></ul><ul><li>Microblogging – express yourself in 140 characters </li></ul>
  5. 5. Facebook <ul><li>400 million users worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Applications such as weRead </li></ul><ul><li>Includes text, photos and favourite links </li></ul>
  6. 6. Bebo <ul><li>‘ Blog early, blog often’ </li></ul><ul><li>22 millions users </li></ul><ul><li>Most popular with teens </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Personalisation </li></ul><ul><li>Users can create own ‘skin’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Security <ul><li>Report abuse to Bebo/CEOP </li></ul><ul><li>Profiles of anyone under 16 can only be viewed if logged into Bebo </li></ul>
  9. 9. A note about Bebo <ul><li>AOL currently own Bebo </li></ul><ul><li>Plans to sell or shut down </li></ul><ul><li>Move to another site such as Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Blog – sites such as or </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Constantly changing environment </li></ul><ul><li>Users become co-creator </li></ul><ul><li>Teens have grown up in this culture </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries can interact with teens in a way they understand </li></ul>
  11. 11. Web 2.0 in West Lothian <ul><li>B-Teens reading group </li></ul><ul><li>Bebo page to enhance group </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Easier communication </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Informal </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blog of meetings </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>B-Teens advertised on West Lothian website </li></ul>
  12. 12. B-Teens Bebo page <ul><li>Book covers of each book read </li></ul><ul><li>Videos can be loaded onto page </li></ul><ul><li>Skin used for B-Teens </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Blog reviewing what we discuss at each meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it light, friendly and fun </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Comments from members of the group </li></ul><ul><li>Each comment is approved by me before being posted on the site </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Currently 9 teens in reading group </li></ul>“ I go on Bebo nearly every day but check the teen group page maybe once a week. It gives easy access to information about the group and saves me wasting credits on phone calls” “ I check the Bebo a couple of days before the meetings and a couple of days after cause I like reading the blog”
  16. 16. If we didn’t have a Bebo page, would it affect the group? “ It wouldn’t make the group worse cause it’d still be fun, but it does make it easier for contacting folk and finding out days of meetings” “ Yeah, it makes the group better cause you can read about what’s going on even if you miss a meeting”
  17. 17. Effect of Bebo and B-Teens <ul><li>Library a “cool” place </li></ul><ul><li>Re-spark interest in reading </li></ul><ul><li>More approachable and less formal </li></ul>
  18. 18. Fauldhouse Library <ul><li>Teen book group every second Saturday 12-1pm </li></ul><ul><li>Came to a halt as teens couldn’t remember which day to come, wanted to go shopping etc </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking site could help </li></ul><ul><li>Online book group as an option </li></ul>
  19. 19. Lanthorn Library <ul><li>‘ Noisy Night’ </li></ul><ul><li>Very popular – now a first come first served basis </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to create virtual social space for teens </li></ul>
  20. 20. Effect on users and service <ul><li>Teens have different impression of the library </li></ul><ul><li>Teens more comfortable vocalising their thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>If managed well, and updated regularly, sites shouldn’t be too time consuming </li></ul><ul><li>Best of all…they’re free to use! </li></ul>
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