Born Digital
eBook Publishing with Teens
Hello There
● Amy Holcomb
Youth Technology Librarian
Northbrook (IL) Public Library
● aholcomb@northbrook.info
Programming Goal
● To facilitate a creative learning experience
for kids, tweens, and teens by modernizing a
traditional l...
Apprentices of the Book
Empire
● Fall 2012 for 2nd-6th graders
● Author/Illustrator pairs
● Library as publisher
● Weekly ...
Born Digital
● Tween/Teen extension of previous
publishing program
● Focus on publishing process, copyright, and
self-prom...
Program Overview
● 7 weeks
○ Mandatory 1st meeting
○ Weekly optional open labs
○ Deadline at end of 7 weeks
● Provide work...
Resources
● Pages
● iBooks Author and iTunes Producer
● Scribd
● Leanpub
Scribd
Leanpub
Key Communication
● Early communication with Technical
Services
● Records included:
○ Unique call number
○ 2 subject headi...
Showcase Success
Showcase Success
Where We Went Wrong
● Issue with ePub files
○ Relied on Scribd for catalog records
● Minimal structure led to dropouts
● I...
For Next Time
● Open program up to all ages
● Weekly structured workshops
○ Give story to experiment with
○ Open up ideas ...
Thank you!
Please email with questions.
aholcomb@northbrook.info
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Born Digital

  1. 1. Born Digital eBook Publishing with Teens
  2. 2. Hello There ● Amy Holcomb Youth Technology Librarian Northbrook (IL) Public Library ● aholcomb@northbrook.info
  3. 3. Programming Goal ● To facilitate a creative learning experience for kids, tweens, and teens by modernizing a traditional library program ● Incorporate components of: ○ Maker trend ○ Book industry ○ Variety of media formats ○ Socialization ○ Recognition
  4. 4. Apprentices of the Book Empire ● Fall 2012 for 2nd-6th graders ● Author/Illustrator pairs ● Library as publisher ● Weekly workshops with take-home tasks ● Physical book in library collection
  5. 5. Born Digital ● Tween/Teen extension of previous publishing program ● Focus on publishing process, copyright, and self-promotion, not writing ● Encourage creative freedom, flexibility ● Include original media works ○ Photographs ○ Drawings ○ Videos ○ Songs ● Showcase completed works
  6. 6. Program Overview ● 7 weeks ○ Mandatory 1st meeting ○ Weekly optional open labs ○ Deadline at end of 7 weeks ● Provide workspace and tech tools ● Guide in process of publication ● Outline catalog records ● Showcase success ○ Website, social networks ○ In-house signage ○ Publish in multiple places
  7. 7. Resources ● Pages ● iBooks Author and iTunes Producer ● Scribd ● Leanpub
  8. 8. Scribd
  9. 9. Leanpub
  10. 10. Key Communication ● Early communication with Technical Services ● Records included: ○ Unique call number ○ 2 subject headings ○ Item cat as short stories ○ Link to downloadable file ○ Short description
  11. 11. Showcase Success
  12. 12. Showcase Success
  13. 13. Where We Went Wrong ● Issue with ePub files ○ Relied on Scribd for catalog records ● Minimal structure led to dropouts ● Issue with iBooks Author accounts ○ Required Apple ID linked to credit card ○ Used librarians' accounts ○ Hindered author control ● Failed to encourage multidimensional eBook ○ Participants did not experiment with media types ○ Stuck to text only
  14. 14. For Next Time ● Open program up to all ages ● Weekly structured workshops ○ Give story to experiment with ○ Open up ideas for individual works ● Work with schools to promote program ● Encourage media formats ○ Expand novel form concept ○ Ex: Picture books with song ● Allow collaboration ○ Author/illustrator/composer/videographer teams
  15. 15. Thank you! Please email with questions. aholcomb@northbrook.info
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