VALA2020 Session 8 Thompson

Adventures in technology: experiences in facilitating a youth-led library website project

This session is sponsored by Bibliotheca

Wednesday 12 February 2020, 11:25 – 11:55

Sarah Thompson
  • Branch Manager, Manly Library
  • Northern Beaches Council Library
Michaela Wagland
  • Digital Producer
  • Northern Beaches Council Library

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In the current social and technological environment, public libraries have rapidly evolved in responding to, understanding and facilitating the versatile needs of the community. While more creative digital programs and facilities are being offered, they are always not structured for digital literate youth. Libraries need to change the way they engage with youth and technology by providing connected leaning and youth-led programming where young people can create, learn and collaborate. We explored this in our award winning project, Tiny Doors, which featured website creation as a major component of the project.

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