Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Teens and Libraries: Getting It Right

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Teens and Libraries: Getting It Right

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By Virginia A. Walter and Elaine Meyers. Chicago: ALA, 2003. 154p. $32 (ISBN 0-8389-0857-8). www.ala.org.

This title encompasses many topics related to the field of young adult library services in a very slim volume. In the first section, the authors begin with an overview of the history of these services, including the major contributors and early objectives. This section is very informative and gives the reader a sense of the innovators in the field as pioneers, but it also tells where they may have made grave errors. Parts two and three of the book seek to guide the reader into the future of library service to teens. Highlights include the importance of separate teen areas, the impact of technology, and evaluation practices. They also stress the need for librarians to work with teens to create spaces and services that fit their needs. The fourth and final section is an appendix that includes models for a teen panel, examples of teen feedback, and pertinent information for further research on the topics discussed throughout the book. A concept introduced early on, the creation of a Library Teen Bill of Rights, is described in detail for possible implementation by the reader.

The format of the book is cleverly modeled after the works of S. …

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