Meeting Archive:
Mobile-Friendly Youth Library Services

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Meeting Description:
How can mobile-devices add value to youth programming? Content creation, homework help, and media literacy are all ways that library can engage with youth by using mobile-devices as a resource for programming. Whether the devices are youth-owned or library-provided, this presents a great opportunity to engage youth in new ways and teach 21st century skills.

Come to this free webinar to gain ideas for integrating mobile-devices into new and existing youth programs. Hear from libraries who have had successful programs, and get recommendations for developing mobile-device programming in your library.
  • Joel Nichols of the Free Library of Philadelpha will share examples of passive programming that encourage creativity and critical thinking while encouraging youth to engage with tablets and other devices.
  • David Florez and Melanie Leeson of the Farmington (New Mexico) Public Library will talk about using iPads for a scavenger to introduce youth to information resources available at the library. They will also talk about other things they have done to make the library more mobile-friendly for youth in their community.
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Date: Wed, Aug 13, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Crystal Schimpf
 Presenter Information
Joel Nichols
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Joel Nichols is the author of iPads in the Library: Using Tablet Technology to Enhance Programs for All Ages and Teaching Internet Basics: The Can-Do Guide. He is branch manager and children’s librarian at the Durham Neighborhood Library, a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. He previously managed the Free Library Techmobile, a digital literacy outreach vehicle, and has taught college English.

David Florez
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David Florez has been the Teen Services coordinator for the Farmington (New Mexico) Public Library since 2007. He has worked with teens and youth since 1986 and has developed a proven track record in working with them. Since 2007 several new and innovative programs have been added to the TeenZone including gaming on an 80” touch screen TV, an outstanding summer reading program, and the ability to reach teens via text or twitter.

Melanie Leeson
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Melanie is the Teen Zone Technician at the Farmington (New Mexico) Public Library. She began volunteering at the library in 1999 and has been a part of the staff since 2005. Her hobbies include reading, cake decorating and crafting. She is currently editing her first novel.

Crystal Schimpf
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Crystal Schimpf is a librarian and trainer with a passion for program design and digital literacy. She has worked on training projects with the Colorado State Library, High Plains Library District, the R-Squared conference, and the Public Library Association. In addition to her work at TechSoup, she is the CEO of Kixal, where she creates innovative training experiences for libraries and nonprofits.