Teens, Libraries, and Social Media: Myths and Reality

Denise E. Agosto, Michelle Purcell, Rachel M. Magee, Andrea Forte

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This article presents a brief overview of research relating to teens, libraries, and social media. It also summarizes a recent multimethod study of how public and school libraries fit into U.S. teens’ increasingly online information lives. The study results debunk five popular myths about teens and social media and reveal many positive ways that teens are using social media to connect with peers and adults and to seek and share information. The article concludes with a discussion of the role that libraries can play in designing services and programs to encourage teens to engage in positive social media use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-327
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Library Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015


  • adolescents
  • libraries
  • social media
  • social network sites
  • teens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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