Podcast #31 – Tech-Based Youth Participation Projects

In this podcast, Stephanie Iser talks with two teen librarians about the technology-based teen participation projects in which each is involved.

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Interview I: Sarah Kline Morgan, teen librarian at Cheshire Public Library
Sarah and Stephanie discuss the process of mentoring teens to create a library podcast. They discuss the technical aspects of creating a podcast as well as the administrative aspect from content guidelines to promotions. The Cheshire Public Library Podcast is a teen-driven cultural magazine featuring teen writers, musicians, reviewers, commentators, and more.

In the podcast Sarah and Stephanie discuss:

  • The software and hardware used to produce the podcasts – GaragBand is used to produce the podcast and a Snowball Blue microphone to capture the recording.
  • Distribution mechanisms for the audio files – the podcast is available thorugh iTunes and promoted on the Cheshire Public Library Facebook page. It can also be downloaded from the Cheshire Public Library web site.

For more information about the Chesire Public Library teen podcasts, contact Sarah Kline Morgan via email at smorgan@cheshirelibrary.org.

Interview II: Rosemary Honnold, Teen Services Coordinator, Coshocton Public Library

Rosemary and Stephenie discuss the teen Plugged and Unplugged tech program that takes place weekly at Coshocton Public Library. Teens who attend meetings play video games, surf the internet, and engage in other technology related activities. Teens work in an advisory capacity with Rosemary to plan the Club’s activities.

Rosemary and Stephanie discuss:

  • Rosemary’s book – Get Connected: Tech Programs For Teens.
  • Grants Rosemary received from Wal-mart and the friends of the library to support the tech program.
  • How to establish structure in a tech-based youth participation program for teens in order to enhance value to the teens.

For more information about the Plugged and Unplugged program contact Rosemary Honnold at honnolro@oplin.org.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.
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