High School senior Andrea Drusch, cared enough about school libraries to write her opinion about her experience with them in the Dallas Morning News last month. School Library Journal picked up the discussion online with an interview and reader comments.

While responses to her article ranged in responses, one point did stand out to me. Her opinion invites participation. It could be a participation that allows innovation (“So I went into her office and talked to her about it for a long time. And she invited me to go with her to do a selection process for books.” in regards to speaking to her school librarian about the article), allows for people to know what works and what doesn’t work (‘we read at Starbucks’), and it allows for her knowledge to be part of the conversation (who better to speak about the needs of a 21st century student then one herself).
I think we could probably focus on the food/drinks part of the article and make good and legitimate cases of why it can or can’t be allowed at our particular location. However, many of us have conversations with teens and each other on a regular basis-of how we can remain relevant to our users and it doesn’t necessarily involve the coffee-but it probably involves conversation or at least mechanisms (online or offline) for those conversations to take place. Sometimes our users are in a better place to make things happen. How do we keep conversations going like these in our own communities?
In light of Andrea’s article, it might be a good time to re-read this paper written in 2005, Millennial Net Value(s): Disconnects Between Libraries and the Information Age Mindset.. I have a feeling the authors of the article would agree with a lot of what Andrea said.

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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