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The Library—It’s Not Just for Books Any More!

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 13, 2008

Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week is just around the corner! Are you ready? Do you even know what it is? Teen Tech Week is a national initiative designed to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, particularly those that are offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. In the past few years, teen use of technological resources has dramatically increased, but this use has primarily been from home rather than from school and public libraries. In 2005, 86% of youth aged 8-18 had a computer in their home, and 74% had Internet access in their home, according to a recent study by Harris Interactive. Eight- to eighteen-year-olds spend an average of six hours and twenty-one minutes per day using media (including TV, video/DVDs/movies, video games, audio media, computers and print media). Seventy-one percent of teens report that the Internet is their primary source for completing school projects, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Unfortunately many studies have shown that  most teens lack the critical thinking skills and technical expertise to use the Internet and other electronic resources such as online databases effectively. The library is your trusted resource for accessing information, and library media specialists are the experts who can help you develop the skills you need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently. Please call on us for all your technology needs!

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