Race, Sexual and Gender Identity

I just got to go back and look over the responses in the Race, Sexual and Gender identity discussion forum.

Last year, I took a Teen Programming class that I really enjoyed as it opened my eyes to many aspects that need to be considered when working with teens. The main thing that stuck with me was how they walk this fine line between child and adulthood. They are often laden with expectations of adult behavior, but treated like children. And we wonder why they can be so whiny and angsty… Maybe if they were treated with some consistency! haha. But these particular chapters reminded me of this because teenagers are in that gray area yet also in the process of figuring out and really defining WHO they are, especially in terms of race, sexual and gender identity.

As I mentioned in my discussion, it also brought up the concern about dealing with teen hormones which I hadn’t really previously considered…. Teenage boys can be very bold…  Perhaps they like the shock value? But as a female who will likely be working with teens, and teenage boys, this is something I’ll have to figure out and work out what MY angle will be. As a librarian, I want to be a leader, but also a friend and not seen as a potential sexual partner. I don’t intend to dress myself down and hide under baggy clothes, but I suppose just make sure that I establish the proper rapport and make sure to tackle potential issues either before they happen or immediately as they do.


Program Evaluation and Final Project

I just turned in my program evaluation on the inaugural Santee Library Teen Book to Film Club program. Since I have an interest in teen services and have always been jealous that only the Santee seniors had a book to film club, I was SUPER excited for this event. Not only do I love the concept in general, I feel like this would be great for Teens to spark their interest in reading and literature. I think this event has a LOT of potential and I’d really like to see more teens getting engaged in the library and library programs. There are a number of K-8 schools and two high schools in the direct vicinity of the Santee library, yet only 9 teens attended the event… I think we can do better than that.

I haven’t yet gotten into the Dynamic Youth Services book to decide for sure, but I’m feeling empowered to maybe tackle the program proposal for my final project instead of the research proposal. I’m feeling torn since I’ve already made some headway in terms of a research proposal through the literature review and I feel like doing the program proposal would be like starting from scratch and seems daunting…. Maybe I can somehow incorporate some of the research that I’ve already done into my proposed program. hmmmm…. I’ll give it some thought, but AFTER Thursday 🙂 I work in a couple hours, and then starts my three day birthday celebration! I think I’ll start with a massage.

Representing Youth

I took a short breath after my literature review, but had to dive right back in due to limited free time because of work and the fact that the semester is QUICKLY winding down…. My birthday is next Tuesday and I get three days off, but I’d really like to just enjoy them since dangit, it’s my birthday! And I’m turning 30 this year! So, I need to get a decent amount accomplished sooner than later. I have my program evaluation due the day before my birthday, so I will knock that out this week. I have all my notes, as I attended the program in the end of March but was in Literature Review mode and couldn’t do much with it until now!

Right now, I’ve just been reading and enjoying some of the chapters of Representing Youth. I really like how the book is set up as a collection of narratives and reflections of researchers and the issues they’ve encountered while studying children and teens. I most recently read the chapter about gatekeeping and I wanted to document my discussion post about it, since I’ll lose access to them after the semester:

At this point in my MLIS journey, I have taken a few courses surrounding youth services, but this is the first time I have encountered the concept of “gatekeeping” and gatekeepers.

Essentially, this concept states that conducting research that involves children requires two steps of consent: A gatekeeper such as a parent, teacher or anyone else with a duty to care for the child has to grant the initial consent, and then the child itself then has to consent as well. The key to remember is that the child is the participant and not the gatekeeper, so in order to conduct ethical research, it is imperative that the child also consent to participate.

This reminds me of the section of the IRB training about the need to obtain “assent” from a child. This is because children may not be able to fully comprehend the details of the purpose of the study more than what is required of them to participate. In this sense, the gatekeeper is a crucial role as someone who can be fully informed about the research study and then decide whether or not it would be appropriate for their child to participate. It may be easier to explain to the child what actually is needed from them to participate in simpler terms in order to discover if the child itself is willing to participate. The child needs only to provide an element of understanding, cooperation and a feeling of inclusion in order to participate, though this should not be confused with the mere lack of objection by the child.

As I said, this was an interesting concept for me and not something I have encountered or even pondered before mostly because I never considered that my career might take me down the path of conducting any sort of formal research. I’m glad to now have some insight into researching and know of some resources I can refer to should the time come.


After writing and proofing until the wee hours in the morning, I finally finished and turned in my literature review.

Now to enjoy a well deserved day off!!

Almost done!

I spent today further refining my resources and dividing my paper up into essential sections, and choosing which articles are most relevant for each section:


Teens and Mobile Technologies – ie, how many teens use them and how they are using them.

Mobile Devices as Learning Tools – ie, ways they are being utilized as tools for education and not just as a novelty/convience

Implications for Public Libraries – ie, how libraries are currently making use of mobile technologies and potential crossovers from the classroom to the library


I started writing the paper, but feel like it’s time to take a break for the night and will resume on Tuesday to be completed in time for the Wednesday Morning deadline!

More Literature Review Progress…

As expected, this week was a whirlwind, with any free moment spent catching my breath!

I am in the process of narrowing down my research question based on the articles I’ve found and the information I hope to support or research further:

Right now I’m leaning towards the following question:

What impact has the evolution of mobile technologies and mobile learning had on teenagers ages 14-18, and what is the implication for use of mobile technologies/learning in public libraries?

Much of the research I’ve found includes statistics for use and creative and innovative ways that mobile devices could be used and are being used already as learning tools in schools and also how libraries can and are utilizing mobile phones as well. I’m sure that libraries can learn some things from how these devices are being used in the classroom, and vice versa.

I have the WHOLE day off on Sunday again and hope to finish it then, though I noticed that the deadline was extended until Wednesday at 8am, so no need to rush I suppose.

Literature Review

This is turning out to be much more difficult than I anticipated. All of my previous experience with literature reviews were those more similar to an annotated bibliography, where this is much more like a rough draft of a research paper.

I haven’t gotten as much done this week as I would have liked, due to the surprise of what all was entailed.

I have, however, made a very good progress in reading through all of the articles I’ve compiled throughout my research attempts and have started to organize them and possibly weed out some that are not relevant.

I have a pretty jam packed week  between my two jobs and a few doctor appointments, so I likely will not be able to work on this anymore until Friday afternoon or next Sunday!

Regardless, I now feel like I have a pretty good handle on the assignment and am moving in the right direction.