Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs (Part 2)


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  • The way teens want to use space.. Count the infractions….
  • Hagerstown, Maryland
  • TAB/ TAG developed guidelines for the space… done publicly… Have that policy meeting on the service floor at a peak time… doesn’t supersede patron code of conduct
  • smallest
  • biggest
  • An adult did not decorate this space. This is their space you just work there.
  • Which is great while it is happening – but what about teens that missed the day it was being worked on??
  • Sometimes you get to go home… put your space work
  • Make and take…
  • Celebrating the collection – teen plan it… whether they are readers or not. inclusion
  • If you just said to your self – that’s the one I’m going to do… step back. And no that READ poster might not swing it… again relelvance is key here… and
  • If you have volunteers – or teens interested in helping out – part of helping can be showcases the collection
  • Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs (Part 2)

    1. 1. today …Programming formsSpaceCollectionconnectionPromotion/publicity“Layering”
    2. 2. How Chuck Norris ate Teen Tech Week…
    3. 3. …and zombies invaded Teen Read Week.
    4. 4. Programming Policy Formalizing teen participation/ collaboration as a success measure Making it part of your teen service mission and vision.
    5. 5. Programming Policy SAPL - Teen Program Development Guidelines: •Teen Library Program development will NOT be passive – with the Library in the role of “creator” and the teen patron in the role of “attendee.” •Teen Library Programming will NOT originate from: •the interests of library personnel •library staffs’ or community members’ perception of the interests of teens •library staffs’ or adult community members’ presumption of what is “good” for teens. Teen Library Programming WILL originate from: •Teens with library staff assuming the role of facilitator and guide during the process •Teens will actively participate in program development, implementation and play a role in the decision making process.
    6. 6. Your role:Foster andfacilitate…Find resourcesDevelop partnershipsGrow usersBuild communityAdvocateFormalize
    7. 7. QUESTION # 1:Do you experience resistance to teenprogramming? answer in poll: • Yes (from coworkers) • Yes (from manager or admin) • Yes (from community users) • No, things are pretty much cool • No, mostly support
    8. 8. Teen Programming TypesSpontaneous / ImpromptuGuerilla / Stealth*Make & Take Small scale recurringMake & Leave Linear / Non-linear Large scale one-off
    9. 9. examining the “geography of no.”
    10. 10. collaborating w teen @ library spaceMarking territory: Physical/ virtualInvolving teensFrom micro to macro - including “the rules”Full scale design – from the ground upRedesign – remodel of an existing space“Decorative” means of expression/ interaction/ participation
    11. 11. QUESTION # 2:Does your library location have adedicated teen space?Please choose & answer in poll: • Yes (seat & technology, maybe teens only) • No (YA book shelves – but not a “space”) • Sort of… (space colonized by adults) • Space shared w children (or tweens) • Other (describe in chat)
    12. 12. Things you can do today: How do teens want to useobserve space? Do they use the space designated for them? Or do they choose another space in the library? What do teens want to do in the space?
    13. 13. Ask yourself…Is the library set-up… a set-up?Are the rules applied consistently by all staff?
    14. 14. Geography of NO!“Libraries create spaces inwhich youth are told “no” fordoing or wanting things entirelyappropriate for young people…” -- Anthony Bernier
    15. 15. Afterschool looks like this…
    16. 16.
    17. 17. rules
    18. 18. simple guidelines “Respect yourself, respect others, and respect property.” -- Patrick Jones
    19. 19. simple guidelines
    20. 20. New (from the ground up)Remodeled/repurposedDesignatedDecorated
    21. 21. linear feetrather thana footprint
    22. 22. Minneapolis Public Library, Teen Area
    23. 23. In the mean time…
    24. 24. QUESTION # 3:Do teens participate in the decorationof the library’s teen area? answer in poll: Yes (artwork, bulleting boards, etc.) No, but it sounds like a good idea. No, that would never fly at our library. Other (describe in chat)
    25. 25. WelcomingCasually accessibleTeens get themessage they can puttheir artwork up, too.
    26. 26. Permanentflux.Resource displayBulleting boardsThe walls…
    27. 27. small “personalization”opportunitiesTeens interactwith peers &expressthemselveswithoutmediation fromstaff
    28. 28. bulletin board
    29. 29. “You can’t put anything up on the walls…” children’s version
    30. 30. teen version
    31. 31. Questions?? Questions??http://buboblog.blogspot.comBerkeley (CA) California Street at Prince, November 2011
    32. 32. Questions?? Questions??http://buboblog.blogspot.comBerkeley (CA) California Street at Prince, November 2011
    33. 33. from static to active…
    34. 34. POLL QUESTION # 4:Does library have teen wordpress blogor facebook? answer in poll: • Yes, teens post to library blog or FB • Yes, BUT only librarians can post to library blog or FB • No, teen stuff goes on the main worpress/blooger or FB • No, no way. I’ve asked. • Other (describe in chat)
    35. 35. HTML(nostalgia)SAPL’steenresource(list)circa 1999
    36. 36. Limited Control
    37. 37. freerangeBe whereteens are…interactionanywhere
    38. 38. ParticipatoryCultureContribute / create:PhotosVideoPoetryReviews Share thingArt work music/ videoSuggestions Comment Build Community
    39. 39. Connectionsproximityrelevanceopportunity
    40. 40. Sometimes it is about books… sometimes it’s not.
    41. 41. engagingreaders &non-readers
    42. 42. The power of ARCRecommendationsCollectiondevelopmentWhat did you think?(on blog/ on display)Clear avenue to suggest a title…
    43. 43. With all duerespectDon’t geek-out. O RM KWDon’t push. BO O
    44. 44. She was just gushingabout this book….(is this a way in…?)
    45. 45. peer to peer
    46. 46. POLL QUESTION # 5:How do you think most teens learnabout library events & services?answer in poll: • Library print calendar • Library flier • Flier found off-site • Library on-line calendar • From their friends • Other (describe in chat)
    47. 47. promotion a deep mystery…
    48. 48. The 6 month publicity “experiment”
    49. 49. In-house promotionPart of takingownership &planning…Display +Teen artwork +Eventpromotion
    50. 50. promotion
    51. 51. In-house promotionCheckyourtone.
    52. 52. promotion Consistency Word of mouth Collaboration Partnerships Proximity Mushroom? I love google.
    53. 53. Part oftheprogram I love google.
    54. 54. By-products
    55. 55. fundingGetting a few successes under your belt…Calling the press……andthen asking formoney! retro-space’s photoscream flickr
    56. 56.
    57. 57. POLL QUESTION # 3:Have you found teen book clubs to besuccessful at your location?Please choose & answer in poll: • Yes (popular & attended) • No (planned, advertised & no attendance) • Sort of… (it is hit and miss) • We do not have teen book clubs • Other (describe in chat)
    58. 58. Putting traditionalthings out there aspossibilities…•Book trailers•Resource displays
    59. 59. teen created:Displaypeer to peeryoutube videoQR codebooktalk