PAIN IN THE BRAIN: TEEN LIBRARY (MIS) BEHAVIOR 101 Presented for CLA 2008 by Beth Gallaway
Library Behaviors <ul><li>Groups  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blocking entrance or access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roaming </l...
Library Behaviors <ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Sex </li></ul><ul><li>Vandalism </li></ul><ul><li>Theft </li></ul><ul...
Differentiate between the 2 Ds: <ul><li>Disruptive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Normal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annoying </li><...
Why Do They Act Like That? <ul><li>They hate the library </li></ul><ul><li>They hate YOU (the librarian) </li></ul><ul><li...
Because of… <ul><li>Ignorance </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental needs </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Brai...
On Rules <ul><li>Create a behavior policy  </li></ul><ul><li>Same rules for everyone </li></ul><ul><li>No rules set up to ...
Developmental Needs <ul><li>Positive Social Interaction with Adults & Peers (seek attention, socialization) </li></ul><ul>...
CORTEX CHANGES Source:  http://www.brainviews.com/abFiles/DrwMedlobes.htm
LIMBIC SYSTEM Source:  http://normandy.sandhills.cc.nc.us/psy150/brain.html
Behavioral Strategies <ul><li>Boundary setting is extremely important </li></ul><ul><li>Address behavior in terms of actio...
Set Boundaries <ul><li>Get their attention! </li></ul><ul><li>State unacceptable behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Optional: expl...
Keep in Mind… <ul><li>“ Librarians do not kick teens out of the library. Teens get themselves kicked out of the library, b...
Follow Through <ul><li>Welcome back </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce  </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss behavior incident </li></ul><ul...
Stop it before it starts! <ul><li>Create raving fans of the library   </li></ul><ul><li>Develop personal relationships </l...
Reminders for Librarians <ul><li>Stay calm </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not personal </li></ul><ul><li>Teens are job security </...
RAP <ul><li>R emember </li></ul><ul><li>A ccept  </li></ul><ul><li>P roject </li></ul>
Contact <ul><li>Slides: Slideshare  </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/informationgoddess29/ </li></ul><ul><li>Li...
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    1. 1. PAIN IN THE BRAIN: TEEN LIBRARY (MIS) BEHAVIOR 101 Presented for CLA 2008 by Beth Gallaway
    2. 2. Library Behaviors <ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blocking entrance or access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roaming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taking up space </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Courting” Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Backtalk and “disrespect” </li></ul><ul><li>Eating & drinking </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone use </li></ul>
    3. 3. Library Behaviors <ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Sex </li></ul><ul><li>Vandalism </li></ul><ul><li>Theft </li></ul><ul><li>Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Cyberbullying </li></ul>
    4. 4. Differentiate between the 2 Ds: <ul><li>Disruptive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Normal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annoying </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dangerous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Abnormal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harmful to self & others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Illegal </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Why Do They Act Like That? <ul><li>They hate the library </li></ul><ul><li>They hate YOU (the librarian) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a contest </li></ul>
    6. 6. Because of… <ul><li>Ignorance </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental needs </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Brain development </li></ul><ul><li>Society </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Other? </li></ul>
    7. 7. On Rules <ul><li>Create a behavior policy </li></ul><ul><li>Same rules for everyone </li></ul><ul><li>No rules set up to fail </li></ul><ul><li>The less rules, the better  </li></ul><ul><li>Word rules in a positive way  </li></ul><ul><li>Leave rules open ended </li></ul>
    8. 8. Developmental Needs <ul><li>Positive Social Interaction with Adults & Peers (seek attention, socialization) </li></ul><ul><li>Structure & Clear Limits (push boundaries, challenge authority) </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Activity (run from computer to computer, roam) </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Expression (vandalism, MySpace </li></ul><ul><li>Competence & Achievement (competitive behavior, Runescape obsession) </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful Participation (opininated, socialization) </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for Self-Definition </li></ul>National Middle School Association (1996). Research Summary: Young Adolescent’s Developmental Needs, 2006
    9. 9. CORTEX CHANGES Source: http://www.brainviews.com/abFiles/DrwMedlobes.htm
    10. 10. LIMBIC SYSTEM Source: http://normandy.sandhills.cc.nc.us/psy150/brain.html
    11. 11. Behavioral Strategies <ul><li>Boundary setting is extremely important </li></ul><ul><li>Address behavior in terms of actions and consequences in a matter of fact, non-threatening manner </li></ul>
    12. 12. Set Boundaries <ul><li>Get their attention! </li></ul><ul><li>State unacceptable behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Optional: explain why it’s unacceptable </li></ul><ul><li>Offer choices in terms of consequences of actions </li></ul>
    13. 13. Keep in Mind… <ul><li>“ Librarians do not kick teens out of the library. Teens get themselves kicked out of the library, because of their behavior.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Nick Buron, NYPL, Queens Branch </li></ul>
    14. 14. Follow Through <ul><li>Welcome back </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss behavior incident </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforce consequences of actions </li></ul><ul><li>Start with a clean slate </li></ul>
    15. 15. Stop it before it starts! <ul><li>Create raving fans of the library   </li></ul><ul><li>Develop personal relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Give them a space of their own  </li></ul><ul><li>Program them to death </li></ul>
    16. 16. Reminders for Librarians <ul><li>Stay calm </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not personal </li></ul><ul><li>Teens are job security </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to RAP  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    17. 17. RAP <ul><li>R emember </li></ul><ul><li>A ccept </li></ul><ul><li>P roject </li></ul>
    18. 18. Contact <ul><li>Slides: Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/informationgoddess29/ </li></ul><ul><li>Links: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.delicious.com/informationgoddess29/brain </li></ul>Beth Gallaway 603-247-3196 [email_address] http://informationgoddess.info

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