What Do You Want to Do Here? Designing Teen Library Spaces that Work

Thursday, 12/15/2016
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

What's the first step in designing library space that teens want to be in?  Talking with teens and other community members about how they want to use the space.  That's what we'll cover in this webinar.

In this 60 minute webinar 30 minutes will be provided for participants to engage in conversation with the speakers and each other. Come ready to talk about your challenges, successes, and questions related to designing spaces that teens in your community will want to (and will) use.

Learning Outcomes

Participants in this webinar will know how to:

  • Plan teen library spaces with and for teens
  • Justify teen space decisions to colleagues, administrators, and other stakeholders
  • Collect information from teens and community members in order to design successful teen spaces

Who Should Attend

  • Library staff working with teens in school and/or public libraries
  • Staff in informal learning environments that work with teens
  • Library school students
  • Administrators working with staff to develop teen initiatives


  • Jennifer Velasquez, Teen Services Coordinator, San Antonio (TX) Public Library, and author of "Lessons Learned From a New Teen Space, YALS, Fall 2016
  • Lee VanOrsdel, Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and author of "Creating Successful Spaces" American Libraries, 9/1/2016



YALSA members: Free
Non-Members: Available for purchase on the Webinars On Demand page 24 hours after the live recording.

How to Register

YALSA members may register for this webinar on the Members Only Webinar Registration page. (Login required.) Non-Members may purchase the webinar on the Webinars On Demand page 24 hours after the live recording.

Tech Requirements

The webinar will be hosted using the Zoom platform. Zoom allows participants to join the session using a webcam and computer or phone for audio, via their app for Andrioid and iOS devices, and via phone only.  To learn how to get started with Zoom and MAC and PC systems requirements visit the software's Getting Started web pages.

After registering for the session you'll receive full login information.


Linda W. Braun, CE Consultant, 917-847-7804