This year’s 2014 Long Island Library Conference marked the 39th year of bringing Nassau and Suffolk counties together for an island-wide conference and LILRC participated by sponsoring the program, Creating Authentic Teen Spaces in Public Libraries, which was presented by Shari Lee, Assistant Professor, St. John’s University.
In her talk, Shari spoke about the issues regarding teen spaces in public libraries and the current research on how design elements affect human behavior and how this applies to the library setting–specifically teen spaces. She discussed how often times, teen spaces in public libraries are “teen spaces” in name only. The end result is that many of these spaces fail to function as spaces that accommodate teens in a meaningful way.
Shari’s presentation demonstrated the significance of space design for teens and the important of serving this age-group in libraries. If you missed out, take a look at the presentation slides: