AILP: Teen Spaces

Ontario Library Association’s  Annual Institute on the Library as Space:
Digital Spaces, Library Places: Leveraging Technology

AILP LogoToronto Reference Library, July 2013

Teen Territories: Creating their special places in libraries

Anita Brooks Kirkland, Consultant, K-12 Libraries, Waterloo Region District School Board

Carol Koechlin, Author & Consultant

Sofia di Sabatino, Architectural Coordinator, Toronto District School Board

What do teens really need from a library space? Teens are a juxtaposition needing to express independence, but also highly social. For today’s teens technology is seamlessly interwoven into all aspects of their lives, for communicating, socializing, researching, collaborating for learning, playing and creating. So how does that reality drive how we design library spaces that are not only enticing but useful for how teens really live their lives? In this session we’ll explore ideas for designing dynamic teen spaces that work in our digital age.

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