San Francisco Public Library Teen Learning Lab
San Francisco, California // 2011
Inspired and supported by an initiative of the MacArthur Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the San Francisco Public Library sought to create a learning lab for teens. We worked with them to investigate teen needs and opportunities for the library and its community organization partners.
- Research: our team conducted research the history of SFPL, peer teen media centers, and the San Francisco context
- Interviews: our team conducted interviews with with staff and community partners
- Observation: our team observe patron usage and teen presence in the library
- Teen Workshop: a group of teens participated in the design thinking workshop that asked them to reimagine their library
- Staff and Community Partner Workshop: representatives from SFPL staff and community partner organizations created profiles of teens, mapped the assets of the community partner network, designed programs to take place in the space
How can a public library create a space for teenagers to safely express and create their developing identity?