Archive for August, 2009

Pain in the Brain: Watertown Public Library

Thanks to the Watertown Public Library for hosting me for a staff inservice on Teen Behavior! Slides, links, etc. follow. 🙂

ICEBREAKER: Things we enjoy about teens

  • * irreverant sense of humor
  • * funny
  • getting to know them
  • enthusiasm
  • potential
  • interesting
  • watching them grow up
  • ideas
  • keeps me younger
  • perspective
  • conversations




EXERCISE: Behavoir Situation

Several teens discussing a party; older patron complains

Defend teens if in teen room

treat like adults on a cell phone

ask to consider audience (friend of parents, police)

Teen asked to leave at 4 due to disturbance, returns at 7.

I think you’re not supposed to be here

we’d love to have you back… just not today!

Computer time limit violation after warning

Personal touch – what are you working on

State consequences at interactions


August 28, 2009 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

Virtual Worlds: Web 3.0?

Thanks to Cuyahoga County Library System for hosting me for two days in Parma, OH for a session on Web 3.0!

If you attended this session, please take a moment to complete the EVALUATION.




If you are interested in further exploring virtual worlds, please consider registering for Introduction to Virtual Worlds, a Simmons GSLIS Continuing Education Workshop, to be offered in March 2010 with co-instructor, Kelly Czarnecki.

August 28, 2009 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

Podcast Boot Camp

I will be facilitating a Podcasting Boot Camp as an online continuing education workshop for Simmons College GSLIS from October 24-November 30.

Continue Reading August 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm Leave a comment

Technology Programming for Teens: A Simmons GSLIS CE Workshop

I will be facilitating Technology Programming for Teens as an online continuing education workshop for Simmons College GSLIS from November 1-30, 2009.

Course Description: Jump onto the Web 2.0 bandwagon by offering interactive, multimedia content creation programs for teens at the library. Discover model programs in technology for teens while experimenting with new technologies and evaluating for usability. Discuss the benefits and barriers to delivering tech programs for teens, and learn how to justify and then replicate these inexpensive and easy tech programs for teens in your library.  By the end of this session, participants will:  Make an avatar;  discover how to use Wordle;  test a video game designed by teens, and create one of their own; chat with an author via instant messaging;  and participate in a book review podcast. The final assignment is to develop a teen technology program to implement at your library.

Register online

Sample Syllabus (Coming Soon!)

August 3, 2009 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

CMRLS workshop on Gaming Collection Development

Thanks to CMRLS for hosting my Collection Development Workshop last week!

Annotated Core Collection titles

Entertainment Software Ratings Board

Prima Strategy Guides

Sample Collection Development Policy

Core Collection Handout

August 1, 2009 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Discovering Game: Game Design for Librarians, a Simmons GSLIS online CE class

I will be co-teaching a online continuing education workshop for Simmons College GSLIS from October 1-November 15, 2009, with Chris Castaldi: Discovering Game: Game Design for Librarians.


Course Description: Learn to engage youth at the library with interactive, multimedia, content creation workshops: video game design! Not all librarians embrace the same “learn by failing” method that gamers employ; this six-week course will introduce you to the fundamentals of game design and provide guided access to free tools (such as Ben 10 Game Creator, Scratch, Cube, Gimp) that you can use at your library for game design workshops. Content will be delivered through audio lecture, slideshows and video capture, as well as hands on-game play, exercises, and assignments using game design software.

Register online

Sample Syllabus (Coming Soon!)

August 1, 2009 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment