Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usIt’s almost 11pm and teens are still at the library. The virtual library-building a model of what library services mean to them. There are fourteen buildings listed including a robotics lab, heliopad, and underground area for paintball (that had to be fit in somewhere).

Here is an excerpt from a conversation with the developer and a teen encouraging youth participation and believing and encouraging in what they can do.

developer: when you commit to the model we must determine needs
teen: Can you decide?
developer: no. I want you all to have a committed involvemet
developer: because I can easily
teen: It’s to hard for me
developer: come in and build things out
developer: well that is where we will work closely
developer: I wont let you fail

developer: I will guide
teen: 🙂

Do not be afraid to jump into Second Life. So many librarians have the skills of encouraging true youth participation, believing in youth, making innovation happen, using web 2.0 tools. You can do this!

posted by Kelly Czarnecki

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

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