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Thursday nights can be slow at my library.  The teens have all gone home for the day, and the only ones that remain are the quiet few who are tearing through their homework or have their eyes focused on their internet browser.  Tonight at my library, the scene was the […]

Thursday nights can be slow at my library (by TTW ...


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Shirky, of course, advocates that we embrace “as much chaos as we can stand.” In this scenario, staff is encouraged to try out a new thing without regard to the way “it’s always been done.” This is messy, scary, and probably unwanted in most institutions.  Ideas above are from: Cognitive […]

Create, Play, Read – Lending Devices to Teens (PART 3)



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(for the first post in this series, please click here) Once I had the idea for lending out iPods with pre-selected apps to teens, I had to do some investigating and thinking about how these devices would be used. I would describe the iPods as “locked down”.  By that, I […]

Create, Play, Read – Lending Devices to Teens (PART 2)


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We can talk all day about whether or not it’s a good idea to lend out devices to patrons, but in the end action is better than any kind of talk.  After listening to both sides of the lending devices story for a few weeks, I decided to say the […]

Create, Play, Read – Lending Devices to Teens



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(a brief interview between Portland Public Teen Library @justinlibrarian and Portland teen @davidchuphoto) What are you using it for? I’m usually sitting in bed and using it as a computer instead of a laptop.  I would go back to a laptop if I got a MacBook. What are your favorite […]

The iPad (through the eyes of a teen)