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Idaho’s Next Library Generation: “Digital Natives”

December 3, 2007

Boise, ID – Idaho teens are looking for a "third place" to call home, and public libraries are working on fitting the bill. Besides home and school, teens look to other locations for social interaction, and a new study shows that these so-called "digital natives" might find public libraries are the ideal spots to fill some of their top priorities: learning and education.

Tina Cherry, with the Jerome County Library, says they've been working on making their library a "home away from home" for about five years.

"We have a teen space that accommodates them; we've got restaurant-style booths, and a bistro set with a sound dome."

The report describes the accessories tech-savvy teens desire in local libraries, things like coffee shops and comfortable furniture. But Cherry believes the bottom line is that libraries need input from the next generation to plan these facilities in the future.

"One of the things that it says, again and again in this study, is that you need to involve teens in designing the services and areas that you provide for them."

The study notes that teens and young adults want libraries to be more "fun and interesting." They want greater access to library information online, and they want libraries to more actively promote what they have to offer. Read the full report online, at http://www.libraries.idaho.gov.

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - ID