Unique program turns Lancaster library into vinyl venue

November 25, 2018 by  

A unique workshop that enabled teens to be creative and be trained in business recently concluded at the Lancaster Public Library.

The DJ Lab, which ran for nine weeks, was taught by Lynnée Denise, who is a DJ and professor at California State University in Los Angeles. Called ‘Turn the Tables’, the workshop was sponsored by the Los Angeles County Library.

Denise commented that it may seem unusual to have a DJ Lab at a library, but a pilot program held in Compton enabled this program to be funded. She added that there is a connection between DJs and libraries, as DJs are librarians of music in that they organize and make catalogs of what they play.

She has also developed a term – DJ scholarship – which is an interdisciplinary approach that connects business skills, technology and digital skills, and music literacy. The DJ culture enables people to combine art with social entrepreneurship. She stresses that being a DJ is no longer about just the records but understanding the context from which the music developed.

One of the librarians, Lani Revell, who has 20 years’ experience in the field, hopes there will be more programs such as this one as they encourage the social engagement of teenagers rather than let them be secluded.

Banner printing companies can be hired to create displays so that people learn more about such programs and their benefits.