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Central Library Renovation Profiles: David Kiersh, Youth Technology Coordinator, Teen Central

Posted on June 30th, 2015 by admin in General

David KiershDavid Kiersh was brought on as a member of the Central Library’s Teen Central staff in March 2015 in order to help teens take full advantage of the technology available in the digital lab.

What is your role in Teen Central?

When teens come in to the space and are interested in making something, my role is to help them access and understand the technology that will allow them to do that. Traditionally, people came to libraries to learn through reading; now, a big part of learning is doing. Because computers are such a large part of our world, teens need to understand how to create things with technology to succeed in college and jobs. The Teen Central Lab has free technology that many teens don’t have access to otherwise, and we can show them how to explore and use it.

What technologies are in the Teen Central Lab?

IMG_05460The Lab has all the tools a professional designer uses in the workplace to create digital artwork, including the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. There are tools for web design, coding, and 2D animation as well, including Flash and Fireworks. For teens who want to make movies we have Final Cut Pro, which is used by professionals in the movie making industry. We also have GarageBand and FL Studio, two great programs for recording and mixing music. Teens can also use 3D design software and then print their creation with the MakerBot 3D printer.

What technology-themed programs do you offer in Teen Central?

We offer classes on all of these technologies. The Teen Librarians are also on hand whenever a teen comes in and wants to learn and explore. We are responsive to what teens are interested in and build programs based on that. Technology is constantly changing, and when new products and programs arise, we will provide access to those technologies and hold programs to help teens learn how to use them.

IMG_005536How do teens use the new Teen Central space?

Every teen is unique, and Teen Central has something for everyone. We’ve had kids come in who are taking college classes in graphic design and need to use the Lab for homework, while some just want to learn how to use the technology in general. Others have a YouTube channel and they use our camera to create a video and then edit it with our software. Some work with Anime Studio to make their own manga. Teens also come to check out laptops to browse the internet or do homework. They hang out with friends, play video games, and watch movies in the media lounge. We also have quiet spaces for teens who want to read or study. Teen Central is their home away from home.

What has most surprised you about the public’s reaction to Teen Central?  

Teens get excited about the potential for what they can do here. Teen Central is not only a beautiful space but it’s also a useful space. Teens can create things and share what they’ve made. They have the freedom to explore books and technology. Teen Central can support any teen’s interests.

Libraries Are for Making: Teen Tech Week at the BPL

Posted on March 6th, 2015 by admin in General

Basic CMYKWorkshops for teens take place March 9-14

Boston teens are invited to check out a wealth of programs during the Young Adult Library Services Association’s nationally celebrated Teen Tech Week, which takes place March 9-14 with the theme “Libraries Are for Making.” Six neighborhood locations in the Boston Public Library system have events planned, including the Central Library and Grove Hall, Dudley, East Boston, Hyde Park, and Mattapan branches.  Offerings throughout the system range from coding and gaming workshops to learning about the BPL’s digital resources.

Download the flyer (two pages)

The Central Library’s Teen Central, which opened last month, features a digital lab complete with a 3D printer and more than a dozen software programs to enhance teen’s experiences with technology. A few highlights of BPL programs for Teen Tech Week  include the Central Library’s Digital Lab 3D Design workshop on Wednesday, March 11, at 3 p.m., at 700 Boylston Street and an Hour of Code with the Best Buy Geek Squad on Monday, March 9, at 4 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.  View the complete schedule of events for Teen Tech Week via the BPL calendar.

Boston Public Library Expands Free Digital Magazine Offerings

Posted on November 12th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Acquired titles include the New Yorker, Bon Appétit, Wiredmags

Boston Public Library expanded its free digital magazine service by adding publications in a variety of genres; including the New Yorker, Wired, and Bon Appétit, as well as Architectural Digest, Brides, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. More than 130 magazines are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Portuguese, with a new option to filter by language. Library cardholders can now also request a weekly email notification when new issues of favorite magazines are available to download. (more…)

Updated Technology Offerings at Boston Public Library Locations Citywide

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Pay-for-print Kiosks, Printers and Scanners, Software Upgrades Arriveanna

Boston Public Library is updating the range of technology it offers to library users citywide. Taking place now through the end of the calendar year is a series of upgrades to the technologies used by the public each day, including new pay-for-print service kiosks, desktop software upgrades with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office, and high-tech multifunction printing, copying, and scanning devices.

The new service kiosks are one of the most noticeable additions to the twenty-four branches and the Central Library in Copley Square. The bright red kiosks are part of the library’s upgraded pay-for-print system and have several features, including the introduction of paying for printing via standard credit and debit cards. Boston Public Library cards will now store up to $21 for use on the system. (more…)

Boston Public Library Going Digital and Crafty for Teen Tech Week

Posted on February 27th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Workshops for teens scheduled March 10-15

BPLteentechweek2014Boston teens are invited to check out the Boston Public Library during Teen Tech Week, which takes place March 10-15. Seven neighborhood locations in the Boston Public Library system have events planned, ranging from coding and programming workshops to finding creative ways to re-use and recycle technology components via art.

“Digital literacy and creative literacy are important parts of a well-rounded learner’s skill set,” said Jessi Snow, Coordinator of Youth Services. “Teen Tech Week is a way for the Boston Public Library to welcome teens to the library and to all the opportunities that libraries make possible.”

Download the flyer (PDF, two pages).

Teen Tech Week is an annual and national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association. In 2014, the theme is DIY @ your library (do it yourself) with the goal of raising awareness about how Boston Public Library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create, and share content, and learn to be competent and ethical users of digital media. (more…)