Do you sometimes wonder what you could do to get more administrative support for teen services in your library? There are some relatively simple steps you can take to win friends and influence managers! This is a six-part series that shares some tips from managers that you can integrate into your work life and maybe make some positive changes in your library.
Last week I talked about presenting yourself as a professional. This week, the topic is:
Speaking the Language
When YA librarians talk about teen services they often–naturally enough–focus on the teens. They are likely to describe programs and activities in terms of the benefits to teens. Talking about how much fun a program or service will be, or how it’s the latest rage may be what’s on the top of your mind, or that of your teens, but it’s not necessarily what your library’s director thinks is important. Generally, upper-level managers are more interested in big-picture issues. In YALSA’s recent survey of members who are identified as supervisors or managers, several of the respondents commented that the upper-level administrators at their libraries want to hear about programs in terms of issues like community engagement, community health, collaboration, purpose, sustainability, partnerships, and return on investment (ROI). (more…)
YALSA blogger Erin Daly began a series last week titled A Day in the Life, where she described, hour-by-hour, a day in the life of a public library Youth Services Librarian. In continuation of that series, I would like to share with you a day in the life of a Teen Services Librarian in a brand-spankin’-new public library in Loudoun County, Virginia. But first, a little background:
I have served teens in libraries for over six years, in public, academic, and high school libraries. I began my career as a circulation associate then became an academic library assistant and interim school library assistant (during grad school), finally ending up a Teen services Librarian two years ago. I supervise six part-time Pages, and work with a team of two librarians and two assistants in the Teen Center. Below I describe a day in the life of me: