Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Public Libraries and Young People-Progress and Potential

Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Public Libraries and Young People-Progress and Potential

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Held in Logan City Queensland 11-12 June 2010, 12 to 24s@your public library in Australia and New Zealand was the fifth annual Auslib transTasman conference for public libraries.

In the context of the growing concern that young people may not be welcomed or well served by public libraries and their staff, the conference was intended for library managers, public librarians and other practitioners seeking to improve public libraries for, and engagement with, young people. The conference also aimed to provide a knowledge base for advocacy towards a greater political awareness of the community's return on investment in public libraries able to attract and support well the diverse needs of young people--to whom the public library may well be their third, or even second, place after home, school or work.

The published proceedings of the conference (see www.auslib.com.au for details) have a similar aim, to be a useful and enduring resource for public libraries in identifying and developing programs and support for young people, and as an advocacy tool for better funding and staffing of those programs in the years ahead. Those years hold real promise for a strong focus on public libraries and young people, as governments become better informed about the return on investment in engaging with them and their aspirations.

Included in the proceedings are the 20 papers delivered at the conference by Australian, New Zealand and international speakers. They contain information, issues, and many ideas for public libraries to consider in reaching out to young people. …

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