San Francisco Public Library

YouMedia Network and Hive Learning Network

YouMedia Network

The San Francisco Public Library in collaboration with Bay Area Video Coalition, California Academy of Sciences and KQED, along with  select communities throughout the United States, received planning grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Macarthur Foundation to build digital learning labs for teens.  Research from Macarthur found that youth learning through technology could be enhanced by creating safe youth-centered places for creation and collaboration using digital media.  Much of this research was done at Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia Center, where youth have the opportunity to ‘hang out, mess around, and geek out.’  Chicago’s YouMedia Center exemplifies the concept of Connected Learning, and has been a model for SFPL’s new Teen Center, The Mix At SFPL. All digital learning labs are part of a national community of practice through the YouMedia Network, providing a platform for collaboration, communication of best practices, and professional development through conferences, virtual webinars and meet-ups.