By Linda W. Braun
With busy lives and overloaded schedules, youngsters have little discretionary time. To compete with different details and leisure resources, libraries needs to meet or even exceed the excessive expectancies of modern day savvy teens by way of library companies. simply because youngsters are web lovers of the 1st order, one sure-fire strategy to do this is thru teen-friendly on-line providers and internet sites. kid's and younger grownup expert Linda Braun has studied the developmental wishes and pursuits of teens. With credible facts helping their love affair with the net, she stocks confirmed and cutting edge options - together with getting youngsters focused on the method - so you might use to harness that curiosity through Web-based prone. by way of getting young people within the library to take a look at your internet providers, you are midway there in turning them into lifelong library clients. In Teens.library, you will discover solutions to key questions akin to: * Why do childrens just like the net? * What do childrens search for in an internet site (e-mail carrier, video games, homework aid, purchasing, chat rooms, ebook recommendations?) * Are there how one can supply conventional library prone with teenager charm through the web? * What are the technical issues for incorporating new applied sciences? With ready-to-use instruments, you could hit the floor working with: * forty serious components for younger people's development and improvement * Examples of teen-driven library web content (including NYPL's Wordsmiths site, a teenager writing submission discussion board) * making plans and venture administration suggestion * assessment and data collecting details * web site upkeep counsel Library web pages and companies needs to combine teen-friendly know-how, content material, and perspective or possibility wasting a whole iteration of capability library buyers. each younger grownup professional, formative years prone librarian, institution library media expert, and know-how professional can use this unheard of advisor to get adolescents to think about the library because the position to be.
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Shelly Emling, “Virtual Dance: Teens Can Point, (Maybe) Click,” Atlanta Constitution (February 5, 2001): sec. D, 1. 4. Eileen Colkin, “Kids These Days,” Information Week (February 12, 2001). 5. Ibid. 6. Nina Siegal, “Sell the Scene Not Just the Shirt,” New York Times (June 7, 2001): sec. H, 40. 7. Sara Weissman, “Shoptalk: Teach ’Em What They Need,” netConnect (spring 2000): 36. 3 Creating a Library Website for Teens Chapter 1 looked at how the Internet meets a variety of teen developmental needs, and chapter 2 focused on what makes certain sites and technologies popular with teens.
Looking at the discussion on body image one reads what teens have to say about their height and weight, the impact the opposite sex has on body image, how they feel wearing bathing suits in public, and the influence print and electronic media have on how teens feel about themselves. Many of the postings are signed with nicknames, allowing those who submit to the discussion board the opportunity to say what they think with relative anonymity. The power of WordSmiths and Say What? in teen lives was visible following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
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