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Making Youth Participation Work for Teen Spaces…. Dr. Anthony Bernier San Jose State University [email protected] Shelving Basics: What we get used to in library school. book “butts” out left-to-right same-level shelving open space on right

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Making youth participation work for teen spaces

Making Youth Participation Work for Teen Spaces…

Dr. Anthony Bernier San Jose State University

[email protected]


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

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…


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

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”


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

  • Library Aesthetics:

  • “Order”

  • “Structure”

  • “Balance”

  • “Flow”

  • “Unity”

  • “Consistency”


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

Teen Aesthetics:

~asymmetry

~contrast

~exaggeration

~irony

~reuse

~totems


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

  • Library Aesthetics:

  • “Order”

  • “Structure”

  • “Balance”

  • “Flow”

  • “Unity”

  • “Consistency”

Teen Aesthetics:

~asymmetry

~contrast

~exaggeration

~irony

~reuse

~totems


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

  • “HotShelving” Review:

  • Book Cover Art:

  • Shelf Space:

  • Shelving Appliances:

  • Off-the Shelf Applications:


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

  • 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)


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

  • Book Cover Art:

  • Face out book covers

  • Repetition

  • Vary height and color


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

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”


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

HotShelving asCommunication

  • Stacking and Grouping:

  • “Pancaking”

  • Author or series “stacking”

  • Genre or theme building


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

“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


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

“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


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

Libraries are spaces of exploration not spaces of collections!


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

  • “HotShelving” Concepts:

  • book cover art

  • shelf spaces

  • shelving appliances

  • off-the-shelf-applications


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

  • Repetition

  • Angularity

  • Color

  • Three-dimensionality


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

“HotShelving” helps poor readers


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

“HotShelving” helps teens reluctant approach our desks


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

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


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

Phase I: Research

4 Steps…

Spatial diagnosis

User satisfaction survey

Develop décor and space change options

Focus group


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

Phase II: Collaboration and Review

3 Steps…

Briefing with selected (youth) staff

Vetted plan for administration

Presentation to system-wide staff


Making youth participation work for teen spaces

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

Teen Advisory Groups

  • Indeterminate size/number of participants

  • Regular or on-going meetings

  • Broad range of activities and interests


Teen space focus group 10 key factors

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)


Teen space focus group 10 key factors1

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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