Young Adult Library Services

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 4, Summer

All Wired Up: Understanding the Reading and Information-Searching Behavior of Teenagers
In July 2012, I embarked on my MIS (Masters in Information Science) research project titled (quite uncreatively) How Young Adult Readers Select Fiction in Public Libraries: A Study of the Factors Which Influence Information-Seeking in Context. Phew....
Do You Read Books?
A teen walks into a library. Yes, it sounds like the start of a joke, but it isn't. For school librarians everywhere, this is a daily, hourly occurrence. So, let's start again. A teen walks into a library. He/she walks up to the librarian and says,...
Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults 2012 Program Award Winners
During the YALSA President's Program at ALA's 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago, awards were presented to 20 innovative teen programs that will also be featured in a sixth edition of Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults, edited by Laura Pearle...
From the Editor
Teen Read Week[TM] October 13 to 19, 2013, is a time to support teen pleasure reading. In today's world of choices, reading for pleasure takes on a myriad of forms, including: a fiction or nonfiction book; a series of Twitter messages; a text message...
From the President
When it comes to teens and the meaning of reading, lots of people--including library staff--have a variety of different thoughts and opinions. Some might think that reading means curling up in a comfy chair with a traditional physical novel. Others...
Genrefy Your Library: Improve Readers' Advisory and Data-Driven Decision Making
During the summer of 2012 I did something I never thought I would do--I genrefied the fiction section in my library. I had considered it before, but it seemed like an unnecessary, daunting task. My attitude began to change after reading blogs and articles...
High School Football Team Boosts Technology Achievement at a Public Library
As public libraries begin to evolve, from book and material borrowing centers to town technology hubs and community centers, staff at the Turner Free Library in Randolph, Massachusetts, knew it was time to consider new ways to demonstrate value to...
Lean on Me? Finding Training and Support for School Library Support Staff
I'm staring at 25 Tom Clancy novels in disbelief. In a public library that may not be enough Clancy, but here in the stacks at Horizon High School it appears excessive, if not indifferent. It's 2011, not 1995, and I know enough to realize that something's...
Representations of Trans* Youth in Young Adult Literature: A Report and a Suggestion
Four years ago, I wrote my final paper, The Forgotten T," for a New York University (NYU) graduate course in young adult literature. While the paper itself was largely forgettable, the message I was trying to impress upon my audience was that in the...
Seek the Unknown for Teen Read Week 2013: Using Action Research to Determine Recreational Reading Habits of High School Students
You know what Teen Read Week is like in your library. You set up the displays, signed up for the Ning (http://teenreadweek.ning.com), bought the posters, and arranged for the programming. But is there a way of modeling the theme for this year "Seek...
Teen Literature and Fan Culture
"Fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don't do it for money. That's not what it's about. The writers...
Those Kinds of Books: Religion and Spirituality in Young Adult Literature
"Are you sure it is okay to have those kinds of books in the library?" my colleague asked me in a hushed tone, while perusing several books featuring religion that I'd chosen for our annual eighth grade realistic fiction project. He then furtively...
"What We Think Actually Matters?" Teen Participatory Design and Action Research at the Free Library of Philadelphia
In 2012, the Free Library of Philadelphia received an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)/MacArthur Teen Learning Labs grant to plan and design a teen center in our Parkway Central Library. Our project's comprehensive design focuses on...
When a Story Is More Than Paper
Have you read an e-book with enhancements such as animations and sound? Do your teens read apps based on classic tales? Do they visit websites based on popular books or series? If so, you've already engaged with a form of storytelling known as transmedia....
Your Key to Professional Development: YALSA Webinars a Great Perk for Members
Energetic, creative and under a time crunch--these could describe any library staff around the United States working with teens in school or public libraries. According to the ALA Library Fact Sheet there are over 16,000 public and 99,180 school libraries...
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