2013 / Civic Engagement - Youth in Libraries


2013 / Civic Engagement - Youth in Libraries

Monday 17 June 2013 at 13.30 - 15.30 pm

Jennifer Velásquez,
lecturer in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University (California, U.S.) and serves as Coordinator of Teen Services for the San Antonio Public Library System (Texas) the seventh largest city in the United States.

Lisbeth Mærkedahl, Librarian and coordinator of Mindspot, Aarhus Public Libraries

Michael Høyer-Nielsen, Librarian and Mindkeeper in Mindspot, Aarhus Public Librariesr Pesentation

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From passive
To active
To engaged

How do you involve young people?

If libraries want to do programs for young people, we need to involve them and focus on what their needs are, instead of just thinking about what the library wants.

Futhermore the role of the librarian needs to be transformed from creator to facilitator. Young people should develop together with the library instead of just participating.

In this interactive session we want to engage you and do an exercise with you:

This ambition is to apply to everyone and we will do this by presenting two general frameworks. This can be adapted to your context and needs.

To help us, we would like to ask you TWO questions:

#1: What kind of barries do you meet in serving young people?

#2: What is your most succesfull experince with young people?

Please write your answers on the comment wall!

Discussion Forum

Quick Presentation: possible barriers to teen library programming & services

Started by jennifer velasquez May 2, 2013. 0 Replies

In your organization, what barriers to library services and programming for youth do you experience, (if any)? Here's a short presentation with a few possible organizational barriers to get us primed…Continue

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Comment by jennifer velasquez on June 25, 2013 at 2:31


Here is a link to my presentation from the session. Please let me know if your encounter difficulties accessing.

BEST to you,

Jennifer V.


Comment by Chris Jowaisas on May 2, 2013 at 0:47

One note on my responses - I don't work in a library currently, but my answers are based upon my past experience. 

#1:  Young people are not aware of the services that the library provides, regardless of whether those services are offered in the library or through virtual / e-services.

#2: Working one-on-one or in small groups in teaching information literacy skills often seemed more successful than large group training. 


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