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2 Making Youth Participation Work for Teen Spaces… Dr. Anthony Bernier San Jose State University

3 book “butts” out left-to-right same-level shelving open space on right everything to shelf lip… Shelving Basics: What we get used to in library school

4 Everything in alpha- numeric order Shelves are for books Order preserves access “Consistency is the foundation of virtue” Shelving Basics 101: What we get used to in library school

5 Library Aesthetics: “Order” “Structure” “Balance” “Flow” “Unity” “Consistency”

6 ~asymmetry ~contrast ~exaggeration ~irony ~reuse ~totems Teen Aesthetics:

7 Library Aesthetics: “Order” “Structure” “Balance” “Flow” “Unity” “Consistency” Teen Aesthetics: ~asymmetry ~contrast ~exaggeration ~irony ~reuse ~totems

8 “HotShelving” Review: Book Cover Art: Shelf Space: Shelving Appliances: Off-the Shelf Applications:

9 Book Covers: “While we might feel that no one should judge a book by its cover, the truth is that everyone does. It doesn’t matter how popular the content will be with young adults if the cover design keeps them from picking it up.” Dorothy Broderick, (former editor, Voice of Youth Advocates - VOYA)

10 Book Cover Art:  Face out book covers  Repetition  Vary height and color

11 HotShelving as Communication Shelf Space:  Use entire shelf, every inch  “Wrap” shelves  Use back of shelves and “end caps”  Use airspace  Vary shelf heights  Use “Book bricks”

12 HotShelving as Communication Stacking and Grouping:  “Pancaking”  Author or series “stacking”  Genre or theme building

13 “Merchandizing your YA collection means taking an active role in making the collection one that teens will want to browse through and spend time within.” -Mary Ann Nichols, 2002

14 “Cover a portion of your wall with heavy paper and use that as an ongoing canvas for poetry, doodling, or composing.” -Susan Levitt Teen Feng Shui, 2003

15 Libraries are spaces of exploration not spaces of collections!

16 “HotShelving” Concepts:  book cover art  shelf spaces  shelving appliances  off-the-shelf-applications

17 Repetition Angularity Color Three- dimensionality

18 “HotShelving” helps poor readers

19 “HotShelving” helps teens reluctant approach our desks

20 “HotShelving” entices teens into picking up material they ignore otherwise.

21 1)Spatial diagnosis 2)User satisfaction survey 3)Develop décor and space change options 4)Focus group Phase I: Research 4 Steps…

22 1)Briefing with selected (youth) staff 2)Vetted plan for administration 3)Presentation to system-wide staff Phase II: Collaboration and Review 3 Steps…

23 1)Implement accepted plan 2)Do post-occupancy study 3)Final written assessment (for administration and staff) Phase III: Execution and Evaluation 3 Final Steps…

24 Teen Advisory Groups  Indeterminate size/number of participants  Regular or on-going meetings  Broad range of activities and interests

25 Teen Space Focus Group (10 key factors) 1.Participant limit between or 2 meetings only 3.Narrow topic range 4.Not brainstorming but responses 5.Discipline the agenda 1.Participant limit between or 2 meetings only 3.Narrow topic range 4.Not brainstorming but responses 5.Discipline the agenda

26 Teen Space Focus Group (10 key factors) 6. “R-form” the group often 7. Show examples more than once 8. Lots of ways to record responses 9. See sample agenda in packet 10. Have fun! 6. “R-form” the group often 7. Show examples more than once 8. Lots of ways to record responses 9. See sample agenda in packet 10. Have fun!


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