Connecting Young Adults and Libraries / Edition 2

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VOYA - Diane Tuccillo
Almost twice as long as the first, this updated edition is a handbook, guide, teaching tool, and bibliographic resource rolled into one. Jones encourages "YAattitude," which "recognizes the value of YAs, their right to quality library services and the passion needed to serve them" and can turn teen library users into "raving fans." His passion is evident, and readers will find it infectious. Well-organized, thoroughly documented chapters address philosophies, issues relating to teens and their literature, service issues, the specifics of YA outreach, and training library staff. Numerous pertinent lists, charts, graphs, and other statistics provide helpful perspectives. Month-by-month goals aid in putting the tremendous amount of information and food for thought into action. Jones shows the importance of research, both published and locally generated, to collection building, services, and developing priorities. Strategies for reaching avid and reluctant readers include practical booktalk advice. There are helpful recommendations on YA magazine and non-print collection development, and dealing with Internet technology. Reference, readers' advisory, school/public library cooperation, and library orientation/instruction are all discussed in detail. A survey of the YA field, giving statistics and history, is excellent. What Literature for Today's Young Adults (Scott, Foresman, 1980) by Alleen Nilsen and Ken Donelson does for teen literature, Connecting... does for the promotion of YA library services. It needs to be required reading (and using) for library school students, all librarians who work where teens set foot, and library administrators. Practicing YA librarians will gain new ideas, insights, and inspiration. This solidly written resource is pricey but worth it. Editor's Note: To correct proofreading errors in this edition's first printing, the publisher has produced an Errata and Clarifications sheet, also containing the text of missing page sixty-six. These corrections are shrink-wrapped inside every copy of the book. They are also posted on The Young Adult Librarian's Help/Homepage under the book's title at, where the book's table of contents resides as well, with links to information within the book, such as the full list of "Seven Developmental Needs of Young Adolescents." This site may also be accessed through publisher Neal-Schuman's Web site at Jones will consistently update his statistics and facts online. A second printing will incorporate all corrections. Index. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Appendix.
Helps public and school librarians meet the needs of their young adult populations and turn them into raving library fans. Part I overviews basic issues in serving young adults, and Part II describes characteristics and needs of young adult patrons. Part III explains why libraries and kids need each other, and Part IV contains chapters on nuts and bolts of core services: developing collections, providing reference and readers' advisory services, and working with schools. Part V contains information on planning, evaluation, and marketing issues. Brief calendar sections offer practical advice on managing proactive young adult services throughout the year. Includes sample documents and forms, and lists of print and nonprint resources. This second edition comes with a training toolkit of tips, exercises, and checklists. Appendices provide contacts for publishers, magazines, and professional periodicals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555703158
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: How-to-Do-It Manuals Series, #59
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 8.59 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

1 "Do It Right" 1
1.1 Overview 1
1.2 A Short History 2
1.3 State of the Art: Statistics 3
1.4 Why YA? 9
2 Young Adults in Libraries 11
2.1 Contradictions 11
2.2 Perceptions 12
2.3 Strategies 14
2.4 Behavior 17
2.5 Developmental Tasks 19
2.6 Levels of Response 23
3 Young Adult Collections 29
3.1 Reading Interests 30
3.2 Choices and Priorities 31
3.3 Fiction 35
3.4 Nonfiction 50
3.5 Periodicals 56
3.6 Nonprint 60
3.7 Information Sources 68
3.8 Collection Concerns 70
4 Young Adult Services 75
4.1 Reference Service 75
4.2 Readers Advisory Service 80
4.3 Library Orientation 94
4.4 Library Instruction 105
4.5 Booktalking 112
5 Making Connections 135
5.1 Connecting With Schools 135
5.2 Connecting With Agencies 149
6 Programming 157
6.1 Planning 157
6.2 Promoting 165
6.3 Showtime 171
6.4 Specific Programs 173
7 Marketing and Merchandising 189
7.1 Marketing 189
7.2 The Marketing Plan 192
7.3 Merchandising 193
7.4 The Merchandising Plan 197
8 Issues in Young Adult Services 201
8.1 Confidentiality 201
8.2 Privacy 202
8.3 Social Responsibility 203
8.4 Censorship 203
8.5 Restricted Access 206
8.6 Latchkey and Homeless YAs 206
8.7 Out-of-School/Non-College-Bound YAs 208
8.8 Lack of Diversity 209
8.9 Defining YA Services 210
Appendix A. National Center for Education Statistics National Survey Results 215
Appendix B. Core Collection 220
Appendix C. Core List by Author and Genre 239
Appendix D. Addresses of Major YA Publishers 242
Appendix E. Addresses of Magazines for Young Adults 247
Appendix F. Addresses of Professional Periodicals 257
Bibliography 261
Index 277
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