Young Adult Library Services

Vol 15 No 1_Fall 2016

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TRENDING At Do Space teens have opportunities to connect with community, have hands-on practice with technology, and mentor others. Do Space: Providing Access to Technology for Teens & Community A one-of-a-kind community technology library, Do Space is the beginning of a movement to tackle the digital divide in Omaha; boost digital skills; and drive innova- tion, creativity, and invention. Our mission is to empower everyone in the community through access to technology and innovative learning experiences. Do Space opened on November 7, 2015. In the fi rst nine months, there were 128,460 visitors, 33,214 members, and 7,341 program attendees. Anyone can apply and receive a free Do Space membership card. Cards are available to people of all ages and allow members to access all that Do Space has to offer from innovative learning opportunities, public com- puters, open Wi-Fi, 3D printing, and meeting space. Community members can apply online or in person at Do Space. It doesn't matter how much someone knows about technology or how savvy he or she is on a computer. It's about the desire to learn, create, explore, and invent. In short, it's about doing. Ultimately, I see Do Space as an opportunity. It's an opportunity for the people of Omaha, including teens, to create their own future utilizing the free resources we have available. It's an opportunity to learn and explore with technology. One-of-a-Kind Community Technology Space There's nothing quite like Do Space in the country. Do Space provides access to hardware, software, and connectivity that is not commonly found in public libraries. And the best part—it's free! Do Space is a community space, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The interior space serves a variety of func- tions and features: • Individual computer workstations fea- turing nearly 200 personal computers, mobile laptops, and e-reader tablets • 3D lab complete with laser cutter for product prototyping or printing unique projects • Dedicated teen room with large monitors for gaming and work areas to fi nish class projects • Additional desks and nooks for using personal devices and for small group work • Centralized access to printers, copi- ers, and other shared services • Program rooms that provide fl exible space for group classes and instruction • Small-group conference areas Our goal is to empower community members and local organizations to act as cocreators of the space. We want to work together with our commu- nity to develop increasingly advanced digital skills among Omahans. After having been open for nine months, we have approximately 5,600 Do Space Members in the 11-20 year age range. This group mainly uses the space for gaming and studying. They come in small groups and migrate to the teen room. Our teen room is equipped with gaming systems, Xbox One and Play- Station 4, preloaded with PG-rated, educationally minded games. This includes "Octodad" and "Ori and the Blind Forest," just to name a few. Teens are also sitting in the main computer area, where they use the space for individual or group study daily. Rebecca Stavick TRENDING 14 Y A L S » 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 » F A L L 2 0 1 6

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