A pivotal book for people who work with/for children in public libraries. Walter states in her introduction that this is not "a how-to-do-it" title, but rather a "how-to-think-about-it" guide. She begins with a comprehensive overview of the history of library services to children, assesses the current state of the profession, and proceeds to lay out a far-reaching vision for the future. She examines changing routines, educational practices, and social patterns that have had a profound effect on our communities and from these trends drafts a slate of suggested goals for those of us who strive to serve children. She also examines the impact of digital technology and looks at the future of the book. This volume doesn't have any answers for how to change the library to meet changing needs, but it does provide a platform of ideas from which we can draw as we consider where we must go. Competencies for librarians serving children in public libraries and a lengthy list of references are appended. This is an excellent resource to inspire the minds of everyone interested in library services to young people in the 21st century.-Cathy Fithian Williams, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's library specialist and advocate Walter (education and information studies, U. of California-Los Angeles) urges librarians to consider children as vital participants in the community as well as serious readers and technology users. She suggests learning about their lives and experiences, understanding emerging trends such as homework assistance and parent interaction, adapting strategies that work elsewhere, and creating tangible outcomes to justify funding proposals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)