Paper Abstract

In the history of libraries, never before has there been such a demand to create library services for teens. And never before has it been so challenging to reach and attract young people as it is today. The Millennials, as this generation is called are a “cohort of young adults who have grown up with personal computers, cell phones and the internet and are now taking their place in a world where the only constant is rapid change” (Pew Research Center). Trying to reach out to this generation with the same-old library service of top-down policies and red tape will drive them away.

Instead, it’s time to embrace the teachings of Library 2.0 and remake the library for all users, especially young people. According to Sarah Houghton-Jan, “Library 2.0 simply means making your library’s space (virtual and physical) more interactive, collaborative, and driven by community needs” (Houghton-Jan). In order to create library 2.0 for young people, we need to find a way to make the library more interactive, so it will be attractive to teens. Next, we need to figure out how to collaborate with our teen users to keep them coming back. Lastly, we need to determine what teens really need from the library in order to make an impact in their lives and transform teens from problem patrons to lifelong library lovers. By using a variety of sources including experts in the field of teen services, ways to make the library more interactive, collaborative and focused on user needs will be explored.

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1 Comment

  1. Michelle said,

    December 3, 2008 at 1:54 am

    I would like to read that paper!


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