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Participatory culture Space Collection connection Promotion/ publicity “Layering”

Participatory Culture
described as one:
relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices members believe that their contributions matter members feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created).

Participatory Culture
“Not every member must contribute, but all must believe they are free to contribute when ready and the what they contribute will be appropriately valued.” – Henry Jenkins

Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century

How can we translate all that into the library experience w teens?

examining the “geography of no.”

collaborating w teen @ library space
Marking territory: Physical/ virtual
Involving teens From micro to macro - including “the rules” Full scale design – from the ground up Redesign – remodel of an existing space

“Decorative” means of expression/ interaction/ participation

Does your library location have a dedicated 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)

Things you can do today:
How do teens want to use 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?

Ask yourself…
Is the library set-up… a set-up? Are the rules applied consistently by all staff?

Geography of NO!
“Libraries create spaces in which youth are told “no” for doing or wanting things entirely appropriate for young people…” -- Anthony Bernier

Afterschool looks like this…


simple guidelines
“ Respect yourself, respect others, and respect property.” -- Patrick Jones

simple guidelines

New (from the ground up)
Remodeled/ repurposed Designated Decorated

linear feet rather than a footprint

Minneapolis Public Library, Teen Area

From bubble diagram to floor plan Focus groups, carpet swatches Expectations, realities and pizza

In the mean time…

Do teens participate in the decoration of the library’s teen area?
Please choose & answer in poll:
Yes (artwork, bulleting boards, etc.) No, but it sounds like a good idea. No, that would never fly in our organization. Other (describe in chat)

Casually accessible Teens get the message they can put their artwork up, too.

Permanent flux.
Resource display Bulleting boards The walls…

small “personalization” opportunities
Teens interact with peers & express themselves without mediation from staff

bulletin board

“You can’t put anything up on the walls…”

children’s version

teen version

Virtual collaboration Promotion/ publicity Collection connections “Layering”

Questions?? Questions?? Questions?? Berkeley (CA) California Street at Prince, November 2011