"Reading Rants!": Exploring the Design and Implementation of a Social Cataloging Tool for Teens
Young Adult Services
Databases and Information Systems
Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching
Library and Information Science
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AbstractIn this paper we explore the possibility of creating and implementing an interactive library OPAC interface, called Reading Rants!, that would be designed for and used exclusively by teens. An interactive interface such as Reading Rants! would allow teenagers to interact with their library catalog by contributing content to bibliographic records. Content creation is an integral aspect of the Web 2.0 experience; it transforms the user's experience with the catalog into a dynamic conversation. By providing this highly valued service for teenagers, public libraries would elevate their worth to future library supporters and become more essential to and embedded in the community.