September 18, 2014

SisOps: Girl-Friendly Tech Programs

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New girl-friendly technology initiatives are challenging tech’s boys-only culture.

Meet the Makers: Can a DIY movement revolutionize how we learn?

A young patron sits down to a recording session at the
“creation station” of the Darien (CT) Library. 
Photograph by Dru Nadler.

The maker movement, known to past generations as “DIY” (do-it-yourself), encourages collaboration, invention, and radical participation with a single goal: to create new things. This maker ethos is gaining a serious foothold in education, both in practice and at the policy level.

Using Social Media to Engage Teens in the Library

“Brother Mike” Hawkins (at left) and YOUmedia’s Spoken Word team at the “Louder Than a Bomb” poetry competition in Chicago, March 2013.
Photo courtesy of “Brother Mike” Hawkins.

Ideas about social media, teens, and the future of libraries were shared in a dynamic online exchange sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Connected Learning.