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Title: Best Practices and New Directions Serving Young Adults in Schools and Public Libraries


1
Best Practices and New DirectionsServing Young
Adults in Schools and Public Libraries
  • Patrick Jones
  • Connecting Young Adults and Libraries
  • http/www.connectingYA.com

2
Connecting Young Adults and LibrariesPatrick
Joneshttp//www.connectingya.comGetting started
  • WHO?
  • Audience
  • Young adults
  • Presenter
  • WHERE? (ppt on web)
  • WHAT? (objectives)
  • WHY? (demographics)
  • HOW?
  • Lecture
  • Handouts/documents
  • Question and answer
  • Active Learning
  • WHEN?
  • What not?
  • What next?

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ten essential arguments
  • 1. YA meets the goals and fulfills the mission of
    the larger organization.

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ten essential arguments
  • 2. Demographics in and outside of the library

5
ten essential arguments
  • 3. Young adult services is an efficient, and
    even cost effective method for public libraries
    to best serve this large user group.

6
ten essential arguments
  • 4. Community expectations

7
ten essential arguments
  • 5. Building capacity within organizations

8
ten essential arguments
  • 6. Creating life long learners

9
ten essential arguments
  • 7. Return on investment

10
ten essential arguments
  • 8. Creating an information literate population

11
ten essential arguments
  • 9. Creating a well educated population

12
ten essential arguments
  • 10.
  • It works

13
Where you stand, depends on where you sit-
(exercise 1)
  • Divide into pairs
  • Introduce yourself and your position in the
    library
  • Complete this sentence. The thing that
    aggravates me most about working with YAs is
  • The thing I like best and WHY?
  • How do we increase the good and reduce the bad?

14

Connecting Young Adults and Libraries
  • The fantastic four contradictions of young adult
    service

15

Connecting Young Adults and Libraries
  • Normal day at Normal public library (aka seniors,
    toddlers, cell phone guy, and other problem
    patrons)
  • ISTJ, OK?
  • We are not zombies!
  • Libraries are quiet teenagers are loud
    opposites attract
  • 4

16
New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults
  • Patrick Jones and the Young Adult Library
    Services Association

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New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults
  • In every school and public library, a
    well-trained librarian will be dedicated to
    serving young adults.

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New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults
  • Young adults will be working in the library as
    more than shelvers

19
New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults
  • They will be volunteering during the summer and
    they will be, during the school year, working for
    the library on internships or as community
    service.

20
New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults
  • Teens will still be using the library for
    homework and finding materials which lead to
    increased achievement, but in addition will find
    a broader selection of recreational materials, in
    particular music and magazines and an active
    selection of customer driven programs.

21
New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults
  • Each library will have a dedicated and appealing
    young adult space to use when the library is
    open, as well as a range of outreach services,
    after hours services, and web based services
    which expands the library beyond its normal open
    hours.

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New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults
  • Teens will be savvy about using library
    technology to solve information problems, and
    will have developed the skills to locate, use,
    and evaluate information for a wide variety of
    sources.

23
New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults
  • Finally, every young adult will view their
    library experience as a positive one and will
    therefore not only return, but also promote the
    library to their peers. These positive
    interactions will contribute to the healthy
    development of young adults.

24
ten core values
  • Developmental needs.

25
Access Unchained
  • Remember
  • Accept
  • Project

26
ten core values
  • Youth development

27
ten core values
  • Development assets
  • Cathay (Cecil County Public Library)

28
ten core values
  • Developmental assets are the building blocks of
    young peoples successful growth and development
  • The more assets young people have, the more
    likely they are to grow up healthy and become
    competent caring adults.

29
ten core values
  • Assets promote actions (aka thriving behaviors)
  • Succeeding in school
  • Helping others
  • Valuing diversity
  • Maintaining good health
  • Resisting danger
  • Exhibiting leadership
  • Delaying gratification
  • Overcoming adversity

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ten core values
  • The more assets a young person has, the less
    likely he/she is to
  • Use drugs or alcohol
  • Smoke or chew
  • Vandalize
  • Get into trouble
  • Choose violence
  • Skip school
  • Become depressed/suicidal
  • Become sexually active

31
ten core values
  • Youth advocacy

32
ten core values
  • Dorothy Broderick, the co-founder of Voice of
    Youth Advocates magazine, defined a youth
    advocate as a person who believes in creating
    the conditions under which young people can make
    decisions about their own lives.

33
ten core values
  • Youth participation

34
ten core values
  • Collaboration

35
ten core values
  • Information literacy

36
  • Information literacy is youth development in
    action

37
ten core values
  • Adolescent literacy

38
ten core values
  • What all teen readers have in common is they are
    developing a relationship with reading.
  • The essential role of the young adult librarian
    is to nurture that relationship.

39
ten core values
  • Learning and achievement

40
ten core values
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • Colorado
  • Alaska

41
ten core values
  • Equity of access/intellectual freedom
  • EXERCISE Discussion

42
For more information
  • Connecting Young Adults and Libraries A
    How-To-Do-It Manual, Third EditionBy Patrick
    Jones, Michele Gorman, and Tricia Suellentrop
  • Neal-Schuman, July 2004
  • 1-55570-508-1. 8 1/2 x 11 . 438 pp.

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Connecting Young Adults and LibrariesPatrick
Joneshttp//www.connectingya.com
  • Consulting, training, and coaching for providing
    powerful youth services including library card
    campaigns and web projects
  • patrick_at_connectingYA.com
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