Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Answering Teens' Tough Questions: A YALSA Guide

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Answering Teens' Tough Questions: A YALSA Guide

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Answering Teens' Tough Questions: A YALSA Guide. Teens at the Library Series. By M. K. Eagle. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2012. 123 p. Paper $9.95 (ISBN: 9781555707941).

Young adults aged 12-18 can be a tricky group to understand, and our society too often doesn't know how to deal with them or what to do with them. This book delivers on its promise of advising librarians about how to answer teens' tough questions, but provides even more than this. "Working with teens is a roller-coaster ride," according to author M. K. Eagle (ix). Many would agree with this statement, but what is needed is a systematic approach to surviving that ride and maintaining our own professional goals. It is widely acknowledged that professional training for youth services librarians is sparse, and this book demonstrates and documents the huge need for training and preparation.

The book is structured in such a way that it could be used for professional development and would make an effective tool for a book study. Rather surprisingly, the first chapter asks the reader to reflect and engage in self-evaluation. …

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