Technically Involved: Technology-Based Youth Participation Activities for Your Library

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To many librarians, teen participation plus technology can seem intimidating. On the other hand, these young adults have grown up with technology, and with a little guidance they can become a library resource. Here are practical measures to transform your library with teen power. Author and YA/technology advocate Linda Braun outlines some proven ideas to invite participation and channel teen interest in technology, giving teens an opportunity to serve their community.Instead of creating programs for teens, Braun advocates working with teens to create library technology-related projects for themselves—and others. Technically Involved offers ready-made training and skills checklists, as well as examples of successful youth participation activities, to inspire librarians and teens as they start out and help them determine what they need to know. Project ideas include online storytelling, tutorial design and tours, e-mail newsletters, literacy programming, and intergenerational programs. Explaining how and why to integrate technology into youth participation projects, Braun illustrates how libraries can open up possibilities for teens to initiate and develop activities on their own. Specific program suggestions and a wealth of appendixes provide details to:

  • Involve teens at every step of the process
  • Identify activities that meet teens' developmental needs
  • Provide training and skills so they can be successful
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities for teens and library staff, including buy-in from Information Technology
  • Understand trends and opportunities for youth service

Filled with success stories, examples, and a wealth of potential teen-library technology programs, Technically Involved gives librarians a proactive toolkit for harnessing teen energy with technology for the library.

Linda W. Braun

Linda W. Braun is an education technology consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online. She provides training and consulting to schools, libraries, and other educational institutions on how to integrate technology successfully. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where she teaches courses on Web development and teen services. Linda has written books for ALA Editions, Neal-Schuman, Libraries Unlimited, and Information Today. She is also a TAG Team Tech columnist for Voices of Youth Advocates, and was blog manager for YALSA from 2006 through 2009.