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November 11, 2012

Library Promotes Digital-Media Skills

The San Francisco Public Library wants young people to be active creators of digital media, not just passive consumers. So the library is planning a learning lab to give teenagers access to the equipment, software, and instruction they need to become tech-savvy.

“Youth are going to need these skills going forward,” says Jon Worona, digital-initiatives manager at the San Francisco Public Library. “The résumé of the future might not be a Word doc. It might be a Web page that has images, video, Web pages you’ve made, code you’ve written.”

To help with planning, the library staged a two-day digital-education event to test different activities. Co-sponsored by the library’s partners on the learning-lab project—the Bay Area Video Coalition, the California Academy of Sciences, and public radio station KQED—the “pop-up lab” gave participants the chance to experiment with video editing, claymation, 3-D printing, and Web-page development.

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