Young Adult Library Services

Vol 15 No 1_Fall 2016

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F or this YALS Interview we talked with Monnee Tong at the San Diego Public Library (SDPL) and Christie Kodama, Beth St. Jean, & Mega Subramaniam University of Maryland (UMD) College of Infor- mation Studies about their work with teens. You can read more about how libraries are reenvisioning their teen services in YALSA's series of case stud- ies at YALS: What did you want to achieve in your work with teens? SDPL: The goal of the IDEA Lab Tech Team Internship is to teach new technology skills to teens and help them to cement those skills by having the opportunity to teach their peers. As the program progresses, our hope is to connect the interns to the greater professional community to help them realize their interests can turn into career opportunities. UMD: The central focus of the HackHealth program is to help young adults investigate their own health interests, whether it is information they personally need, information for a family member, or information they want simply out of curiosity. At the end of the program, young adults (and their parents) attend a closing party at the University of Maryland and demonstrate what they learned through a presentation using the media of their choice. YALS: How would you describe the project? SDPL: The IDEA Lab Tech Team Internship is a teen internship pro- gram at San Diego Central Library. It was developed for e3 Civic High stu- dents, the charter school that is housed in the same building as the Library. Teens who are a part of the IDEA Lab Tech Team develop 21st century skills by receiving training from community partner Media Arts Center San Diego. As a result of this training and the op- portunity to create content, since 2014 the teens have created • Four videos • 15 workshops for peers (including introductory workshops on iMovie, GarageBand, and Photoshop, as well as on how to use a drawing tablet) • The exhibit Citizens of Central, a spin-off of Humans of New York, that focuses on Central Library staff • A coloring book with scenes from downtown San Diego. UMD: At the beginning of the HackHealth program, young adults are asked to choose a health topic of personal relevance and interest. They spend time creating research questions that they want to explore and answer related to their topic of interest; learn about choosing good search terms to help them fi nd useful, relevant, and credible information about their health topic online, as well as in their school's available databases and print collections; and explore various modalities they may want to use to present what they learned about their chosen health topic to others. To help young adults improve their information literacy skills, several lessons are taught that help them learn about the research process, how to navigate through a search engine results page, and how to read a URL/ web address. In HackHealth, young adults get to think more critically about the websites they have visited and will visit for information on health topics. During each weekly session, young adults spend time put- ting what they learn immediately into IDEA Lab and Hack Health: Real World Examples of How Libraries are Reenvisioning Teen Services Teens in California and Maryland learn by being a part of experiences that connect to their personal interests. INTERVIEW 11 F A L L 2 0 1 6 » Y O U N G A D U L T L I B R A R Y S E R V I C E S » Y A L S

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