Earlier today YALSA sponsored a Virtual Town Hall on how libraries and stakeholders can work together successfully to support teens. The event is a part of YALSA's year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens that is looking at the future of library services to adolescents.

Conversation at the Virtual Town Hall focused on four key questions:

  • Why are partnerships important?
  • What opportunities are a part of partnerships between libraries and stakeholders?
  • What do successful partnerships look like?
  • What's required of libraries and stakeholders in order to support teens into the future?

You can view the lively discussion .

Some key points that came out of the discussions include:

  • Successful partnerships require clear goals, flexibility and relationship and trust building.
  • Teens should be involved in planning and implementing partnerships.
  • The library needs to be a part of the community - the library is a service not a place.
  • Partnerships are different than collaborations.
  • It's important for libraries to reach out to organizations and agencies in the community that might be slightly outside of the box.
  • Successful partnerships mean that library staff aren't always the ones in the lead.
  • Library staff might need to learn new skills in order to be successful in partnering.

You can also continue the conversation by tweeting using #yalsaforum or adding comments to this post.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President and the Youth and Family Learning Manager at the Seattle Public Library.

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