Lately I’ve been talking a lot about Justin TV. What is it? I guess you might call it a new kind of web-based reality TV show.

Visit Justin.TV and you’ll see exactly what Justin is seeing. That’s because Justin wears a camera on his head and it runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can see Justin sleeping, Justin at meetings, Justin getting a cup of coffee, and more. The camera does run 24 hours a day 7 days a week. At the time of this post Justin’s been broadcasting for 44 days, 15, hours, and 2 minutes.

What’s this got to do with teens you might ask? Well, first, this is an example of a new type of TV viewing. Yes, people have webcast themselves in their homes or offices for several years now. But, have we seen before someone who has a camera that shows their every move in and out of the home or office?

What would it look like if you as a teen librarian wore a camera on your head and showed the rest of the world what went on in your life 24/7? What message would you send about library teen services by doing that? What message might you send about libraries and librarians by doing that?

Or, what if you asked teens if they would want to show the world what they did 24/7? What would the positives of that be? What would the negatives be?

In terms of adolescent development, what about giving teens the chance to show the world what they are up to? Would it help them to develop social competencies, a sense of empowerment, and positive identity?

Lots of questions, but isn’t that what we should be doing when we find a new use for and of technology? What is the technology’s impact to the services we provide in the library and to the world of teens?

So, what do you and your teens think?

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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