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Making Youth Participation Work for Teen Spaces…

Dr. Anthony Bernier San Jose State University

ABernier@SLIS.SJSU.edu


Shelving Basics:

What we get used to in library school

  • book “butts” out

  • left-to-right

  • same-level shelving

  • open space on right

  • everything to shelf lip…


Shelving Basics 101: What we get used to in library school

  • Everything in alpha-numeric order

  • Shelves are for books

  • Order preserves access

  • “Consistency is the foundation of virtue”


  • Library Aesthetics:

  • “Order”

  • “Structure”

  • “Balance”

  • “Flow”

  • “Unity”

  • “Consistency”


Teen Aesthetics:

~asymmetry

~contrast

~exaggeration

~irony

~reuse

~totems


  • Library Aesthetics:

  • “Order”

  • “Structure”

  • “Balance”

  • “Flow”

  • “Unity”

  • “Consistency”

Teen Aesthetics:

~asymmetry

~contrast

~exaggeration

~irony

~reuse

~totems


  • “HotShelving” Review:

  • Book Cover Art:

  • Shelf Space:

  • Shelving Appliances:

  • Off-the Shelf Applications:


  • 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)


  • Book Cover Art:

  • Face out book covers

  • Repetition

  • Vary height and color


HotShelving asCommunication

  • Shelf Space:

  • Use entire shelf, every inch

  • “Wrap” shelves

  • Use back of shelves and “end caps”

  • Use airspace

  • Vary shelf heights

  • Use “Book bricks”


HotShelving asCommunication

  • Stacking and Grouping:

  • “Pancaking”

  • Author or series “stacking”

  • Genre or theme building


“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


“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


Libraries are spaces of exploration not spaces of collections!


  • “HotShelving” Concepts:

  • book cover art

  • shelf spaces

  • shelving appliances

  • off-the-shelf-applications


  • Repetition

  • Angularity

  • Color

  • Three-dimensionality


“HotShelving” helps poor readers


“HotShelving” helps teens reluctant approach our desks


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


Phase I: Research

4 Steps…

Spatial diagnosis

User satisfaction survey

Develop décor and space change options

Focus group


Phase II: Collaboration and Review

3 Steps…

Briefing with selected (youth) staff

Vetted plan for administration

Presentation to system-wide staff


Phase III: Execution and Evaluation

3 Final Steps…

Implement accepted plan

Do post-occupancy study

Final written assessment (for administration and staff)


Teen Advisory Groups

  • Indeterminate size/number of participants

  • Regular or on-going meetings

  • Broad range of activities and interests


Participant limit between 10-15

1 or 2 meetings only

Narrow topic range

Not brainstorming but responses

Discipline the agenda

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!

Teen Space Focus Group (10 key factors)


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