Take Five!

Take Five! launched with a day of structured conversation on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the Columbus Museum of Art. This collaborative, in-person environment promoted creative approaches as we discussed new ideas in teen services, grassroots advocacy, youth empowerment, 21st century learning, STEM, collaboration, support-building, and the user experience in informal learning environments. Participants were challenged and encouraged to “Take Five”: by taking just five hours to engage in this process, we could take away at least five new contacts, five new ideas, and five action steps.

Downloads and links:

Cindy Foley’s presentation, Creating the 21st Century User Experience (PDF file, 4MB)

Julie Scordato’s presentation, Advocacy Toolbox: Shape Your Message (PDF file, 100KB)

Robyn Vittek and Jen Stencel’s presentation, The Road Ahead: Thoughts on transforming service to create active engagement with customers and patrons (via Prezi.com)

Here is the Technology Bingo icebreaker (PDF file, 168KB) that attendees used to learn about each others’ adoption of new technologies.

Attendees explored the Columbus Museum of Art during a hands-on opening session and during the lunch break and after the Take Five! event.  The Museum features the Center for Creativity, an 18,000-square-foot hub for Museum experiences that foster imagination, critical thinking, and innovation, which models many of the topics and possibilities discussed at Take Five! 

A tour at the Columbus Metropolitan Library was available to attendees after the event.The Library’s Center for Discovery is the largest (library) children’s space in Franklin County, and includes:

  • The largest Homework Help Center in the Columbus Metropolitan Library System
  • A fourteen-computer teen area
  • Two programming spaces for children
  • A Ready to Read Corner for caregivers and their young children

Read all about the inaugural Take Five event in the Ohio Libraries Quarterly (OLQ). The OLQ explores trends, issues, and innovations of interest to all types of libraries in Ohio.


The May 16, 2012 event was made possible by the generous support of the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science and the Columbus Museum of Art.