I was doing some research about teens and social media use when I came across a google book that intrigued me. Unfortunately, I did not look at the title, and did not save the page, so I do not know what it is called.
This book (at least the preview pages) discussed what libraries could do to increase teen involvement and readership in this digital age. I came away with two interesting takeaways.
First is the idea of inter-library networking. This idea stems from the premise that many small, independent libraries try to operate completely on their own and without any collaboration from other libraries. It suggested that this may not be the best practice in the digital age.
Libraries that work collaboratively and network will find themselves sharing ideas and getting teens in the doors of the library. They may also be able to share resources, important because today’s teens are accustomed to unlimited access to information courtesy of the internet.
The idea of library networking also transposes online. Libraries can learn and grow from each other in what is offered digitally to teens, from ebooks, to social media websites, and online resources. If libraries can work together toward common goals, then they may find more success in reaching those goals.
The other idea that the book suggested that I found particularly intriguing is the idea of inviting teens into the organizational system of the library. Teens know and are aware of what they and their peers like, dislike, think, love, fear, hate, desire, are interested in, and would show up for. Teens can be a good source for planning programs and implementing strategies for reaching peers?
Because they are walking the road that other teens are. Simply, teen readers know how other teens are using the internet and social media, and can help correlate that with reading lives. A teenager helping a librarian and the library can further the progress a library makes within a community.
A time-proven method for appealing to audiences is finding out what the audience wants and delivering. Two ways of effective delivery can include teen involvement and library collaboration. With these two idea, libraries can effectively provide the literacy goals that they desire. Even in a digital age.