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We all serve teens!. Baraboo Public Library In-Service December 13, 2007 Shawn Brommer, SCLS Penny Johnson, BAR. Introductions. Describe your teenage self Describe a teen in your life. Shifting perceptions. Who?. Some characteristics. Beloit College Mindset class of 2011. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • We all serve teens!Baraboo Public Library In-ServiceDecember 13, 2007

    Shawn Brommer, SCLSPenny Johnson, BAR

  • Introductions Describe your teenage self

    Describe a teen in your life

  • Shifting perceptions

  • Who?Some characteristics

  • Beloit College Mindset class of 2011What Berlin Wall?

  • Beloit College Mindset class of 2011

  • Beloit College Mindset class of 2011

  • Beloit College Mindset class of 2011

  • Beloit College Mindset class of 2011

  • Beloit College Mindset class of 2011

  • Millennials (1982 2000)Larger than the Baby Boom generation

    36% of the U.S. population.

    31% of this population are from diverse cultures Most racially and ethnically diverse Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation, Neil Howe & Bill Strauss

  • Distinct qualities of MillennialsThey are specialThey are shelteredThey are confidentThey are team-orientedThey are achievingThey are pressuredThey are conventional

    Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation, Neil Howe & Bill Strauss

  • They are special

  • They are sheltered

  • They are confident

  • They are team-oriented

  • They are achieving

  • They are pressured

  • They are conventional

  • Its all in their heads

  • Teen Brain Development

    Hormones vs. Brains!Social developmentRisk takingEmotional response

  • Inside the Teen Brain, Frontline series http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/teenbrain/

  • Technology & Teens

  • Statistics87% of American teens use the Internet on a regular basis.1 out of 2 teens lives in a home with a broadband connection

  • How are they using the Internet?81% are playing games (over 17 million)

    76% are getting news (over 16 million)

    43% are making purchases (9 million)

    31% are seeking health information (6 million)

  • Where are they when they go online?89% - home75% - school70% - a friend or relatives house50% - the library9% - a community center or house of worshipWeb 2.0 and What it Means to Libraries (PEW Internet & Life Project)

  • Technology - realitiesTeens live their lives onlineYoung people get their information from the InternetWill always turn to it before other, seemingly traditional, resources.This is where they are!

  • Examples Teen Read Blog

  • Reasons to provide:Teens are future tax-payers and future library supporters.

    This is the way teens seek, share and recommend information

    Relevancy of public libraries

  • Benefits of social networkingCritical thinkingReading and writing skillsCollaborationCommunicating with authors, experts, etc.Social and cultural competenceBoundaries and expectations

  • Benefits (2)Communication between those with special interestsEqualizing Appearance, status, disabilities Gaming: Subversive LearningLearn skillsForm coalitionsDecision makingVirtual malt shop

  • What does this mean for libraries?http://www.myspace.com/lplconnects

  • Studies library use is growingVery recent PLA study tracks trends in public libraries.90% surveyed offer teen programs50% surveyed employ at least one FTE dedicated to teen programs & servicesUp from 11% in 1995.YALSA is the fastest growing division of ALA

  • Studies library use is growing (2)ALA study Harris Poll (ages 8-18)Significant amount responded that they use public & school libraries for personal useOf these, 78% borrow items for personal use from public libraries60% borrow items for personal use from school libraries31% - visit the public library more than 10 times a year

  • What teens told the Harris Pollsters33% would use libraries more if there were more interesting items to borrow.25% (school) and 20% (public) would visit libraries more if computers didnt block the information they needed.32% asked for more activities & events31% wanted longer hours22% wanted a comfortable, welcoming atmospherehttp://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/HarrisYouthPoll.pdf

  • ChallengesStaffProgrammingCollection DevelopmentTeen spacesPoliciesCollection developmentAcceptable use & behavior

  • Challenges: Behavior/StressStress in teen lives:School demandsToo many activities/high expectationsChanges in bodies & brainsLiving in unsafe environmentsPoverty

  • Challenges: Behavior/reactionStress leads to: AnxietyDepressionIllnessDrug/alcohol abuseAggressionFight or flight

  • Adult interactionsBe attentivePositive interactions rather than negativeModel stress managementListen do teens have a voice?Provide safe space for down timeHelp teens find solutionsHelp teens prioritizeClearly state rules

  • Methods for dealing with the madnessTeens prefer one-on-one communication: directly tell teens our expectationsKeep regulations simple and few. "Respect yourself, respect others, and respect property.Try not to forget what it was like when you were a kid When teens are disrespectful, don't take it personally

  • Methods for dealing with the madness (2)Don't have rules exclusively for teensConsistency is key. All library staffers need to be alerted when a teen has broken a rule more than once Be consistent with rulesDevelop relationships with teens

  • More help:Young Adult Library Services Association: www.ala.org/ala/yalsa VOYA: www.voya.com Here Comes Trouble SLJ article: www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA429319.html Fight Crime: Invest in Kids http://www.fightcrime.org/reports/schoolviol.htm Beloit College Mindeset class of 2011 http://www.beloit.edu/~pubaff/mindset/2011.php

  • Take time to find the joy!

  • Vision of Students Today

  • Discussion

    Every year Beloit College publishes the BC Mindset to help faculty & staff understand the political, social and cultural worlds of the in-coming freshman class. Here are a few examples from this years mindset to help us form a picture of the teens who are coming into your library:

    What Berlin Wall? Disbanded in 1989 before high schoolers were even born the year that many of this years college freshman were bornRush Limbaugh and the Dittoheads have always been lambasting liberals

    Michael Moore has always been angry and funny

    Nelson Mandela has always been free and a force in South Africa

    Russia has always had a multi-party political systemThey have grown up with bottled water

    They grew up in Waynes World

    Half of them may have been members of the Baby-sitters Club


    No one has ever been able to sit down comfortably to a meal of liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

    Thanks to MySpace and Facebook, autobiography can happen in real time

    Where do they get their news???They get much more information from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert than from the newspaper

    The World Wide Web has been an online tool since they were born

    Also called millennials born between.. (oldest are 25, youngest are 7)

    Were talking about a large population and a racially and culturally diverse population Not every person between these ages, but a composite portrait of this group in the u.s. New slide Distinct qualities positive qualities!Special parents, teachers, even public policy has let this group know that they are, as a group, vital to the nation and to their parents sense of purpose. A significant amount of public focus has been devoted to their education and creating new environments for them. This is the generation of:Arranged play datesNo child left behind legislationSAT prep courses like weve never seen before (with that comes the pressure to succeed, get into good schools, etc. talk more about that in a bit)Sheltered From the minute they were born their lives have been a world full of rules and parental anxiety. This is the generation of:Safety helmet lawsMetal detectors in schools v-chips in televisionsNet-nannyCell phonesNot that this is a bad thing!! More safety measures than before keeping kids safe is a good thing but they are protected longer & their parents treat them like children longer than previous generations this is a serious issue in higher education

    (mention issue of the University students strong connections to their parents parents hounding on professors if their kids complain about assignments, etc. special courses for parents on how to behave!)Confident They score higher than previous generations in assessment tests. They are trusting and enthusiastic. This is a generation reared by parents who are obsessed with their self esteem and it shows.Team-oriented Encouraged to have strong cooperative instincts and to work with one another to solve problems (rather than going about life alone). They need to be with others (part of the developmental process, but technology has deepened this cooperative/team-oriented spirit - Chat rooms Constant checking-in on cell phones (friends, families)). This is the generation that was: raised on Barney and traveling soccer teamsfulfilled class assignments with group projectseven received team grades instead of individualeven go to dates in groupsAchieving With higher school standards and accountability as hallmarks of their education, Millennials are on track to become the best-educated and (perhaps?) best-behaved adults in the nations history. They live with rules and believe in them. I see this is programs that I do with kids. They know rules are very important and expect them they create their own rules if mine dont work for them.Pressured they are pressured to study hard, pass those achievement tests, avoid personal risks and t