Connecting Space and Learning: Exploring the SFPL Digital Media Lab and Developing Bay Area Hive

Your Name and Title:

Mary Ann Harlan, Lecturer 

Library, School, or Organization Name:

San Jose State University; School of Library and Information Science

Co-Presenter Name(s):

  • Jon Worona (San Francisco Public Library)
  • Jennifer Collins (San Francisco Public Library)
  • Matt Ganacheau (California Academy of the Sciences)
  • Ingrid Dahl (Bay Area Video Coalition)
  • Matt Williams (KQED)
  • Youth of the SFPL Advisory Board

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Pacific Northwest (San Francisco, primarily)

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Youth Services Librarians, Library Directors, Youth Serving Organizations in Digital Media and Maker Spaces

Short Session Description (one line): A discussion of the experience of SFPL, Cal Academy of Sciences, BAVC, and KQED in planning for a teen digital media learning space and a network of youth serving organizations.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

This panel will describe the process of designing the physical space of a digital media and learning lab at San Francisco Public Library.  Additionally it will explore the process of  building a network of youth serving organizations who collaborate to provide digital media learning, creating, and sharing opportunities.  This initiative was part of an IMLS/MacArthur Planning Grant but has evolved into a larger, sustainable experience.

During the panel youth will be invited to describe their role in the design and implementation of the physical learning lab space at SFPL.  Youth were fundamental to the planning process, including meeting with architects, surveying other youth, and presenting to the library board.

Youth and library mentors will also discuss the online learning environment, and the process of selecting and building that community.  The online community is designed to supplement the in-person experience and extend opportunity for creating and sharing, as well as receiving targeted mentoring.

Additionally panel members will discuss the development of the Bay Area Hive, and additional Bay Area digital media networks (BAYMN).  These networks are collaborative, and a key component to the long term sustainability of maximizing the space.

We will be sharing insights, successes, and our problem solving efforts as we worked to provide learning opportunities for Bay Area youth in a wide arena of engagement - digital media skill building, civic discourse, leadership opportunities, etc.

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