Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Being a Teen Library Services Advocate

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Being a Teen Library Services Advocate

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Being a Teen Library Services Advocate. By Linda W Braun. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 107 p. Paper $50 (ISBN 978-1-55570-795-8).

Teen services are sometimes overlooked in libraries. Shrinking budgets and staff shortages can leave this important group without anyone to advocate for them. Being a Teen Library Services Advocate gives librarians and other stakeholders a guide to becoming an advocate both in the library and beyond the library. Author Linda Braun suggests that advocacy skills should be learned and implemented as an everyday activity to enhance the services and programs that teens receive.

The book begins with a discussion about what advocacy encompasses, why advocacy is important, and how to get started becoming an advocate for teen services. The second chapter focuses on collaboration: what it is, how to implement it, and with whom. The author discusses technologies that are conducive to collaboration and provides lengthy list of suggested community members who could serve as resources for advocacy collaboration. …

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