Connecting Young Adults & Libraries

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Connecting Young Adults and Libraries : 

Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Jones, P., Gorman, M., & Suellentrop, T. (2004).  Connecting young adults and libraries (3rd ed.). New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers. Alyssa Day LIS 6530

Common Stereotypes : 

Common Stereotypes Teens (12-18 yr olds) Don’t fall into the trap! Get these stereotypes out of your head! While there may be some truth…don’t assume or generalize all teens to fit this mold! Help others to recognize stereotypes too. Librarians

Main insight of this text: : 

Main insight of this text: Accept teens for who they are; show respect for their individuality, interests, and life-stage; and advocate for teens! “Maybe the real key to working with teens isn’t what we learn in library school, but what we learn in life about treating other people.” (Jones, 2004, p 71)

SO how do we do all that? : 

SO how do we do all that? As librarians, there is much we can do to promote a positive relationship with teens in terms of: Customer service Collections Booktalking Outreach Programming Space development Youth involvement

AHA! #1: Collections Matter! : 

AHA! #1: Collections Matter! **Note: YAs often pick up books from the adult and children’s sections too. Work with those selectors! YAs are often looking for the latest music CD, gaming CD-ROM, DVD, or Internet time. Also, make sure to purchase resources that offers topics that reassure YAs what they are going through is normal. Select resources that YAs may not be able to obtain anywhere else (i.e. teen pregnancy guides/videos, etc.)

AHA! #2: Booktalking (other reasons why it is important) : 

AHA! #2: Booktalking (other reasons why it is important) Build a relationship See you in a positive light Promotes the library as a place for recreation Can reach more YAs in one BT, then in a week @ the reference desk Reach nonusers Most effective way to motivate reading Increases awareness of what is available at the library

AHA! #3: Outreach/Youth Involvement : 

AHA! #3: Outreach/Youth Involvement Work with groups already organized (i.e. NHS, debate club, faith groups, baseball team) Encourage them to volunteer, help plan YA programs, etc. (these groups can also help lobby for library services/funding)

The options to involve teens in your library are endless!!!!! : 

The options to involve teens in your library are endless!!!!!

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