Back to School: The Future of Library Service for and with Teens

Welcome to August and the first in a series of YALSAblog posts all about getting ready for the new school year.

forum logoI don’t think there is a better way to get started thinking about going back to school then to check-in with YALSAblog readers about how you are implementing the ideas in the Future of Library Service for and with Teens: A Call to Action report published by YALSA in January of this year.

Thinking about the fall and the programs and services we’ll work on with and for teens during the school year is a great time to learn about what others are doing that connect to the ideas in YALSA’s report. At the YALSAblog we’d love to hear what you have made happen that connect to what’s outlined in the report. For example: Continue reading

Report Available: The Future of Library Services for and with Teens

Libraries provide a lifeline for teens, their families and communities across the nation by providing a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors. But a variety of significant developments point to a need for libraries to change in order to successfully meet the needs of today’s teens.

The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action, is the result of a year-long national forum conducted by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in 2013, with funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Call to Action lays out a new path for serving 21st century teens through libraries. This 2014 report (.pdf), authored by Linda W. Braun, Maureen Hartman, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, and Kafi Kumasi, shows that many libraries are continuing to grapple with diminishing resources while at the same time struggling to meet the needs of a changing teen population. Additionally, significant developments in technology have led to the need to rethink how
services for and with teens are best created and delivered. The Call to Action provides recommendations on how libraries must address challenges and re-envision their teen services in order to meet the needs of their individual communities and to collectively ensure that the nation’s 40+ million teens develop the skills they need to be productive citizens. Continue reading

YALSA Virtual Town Hall #2: Teen Learning Environments – You Want To Be There

national forum on libraries and teens logoTuesday, April 16, 2PM Eastern! That’s the time for YALSA’s next virtual town hall which will take place in the association’s Adobe Connect space. The theme of the conversation is Teen Learning Environments and it’s a chance for library staff, administrators, and stakeholders – yes stakeholders – to consider what libraries need to do to provide learning environments for both formal and informal teen learning. The conversation is a part of YALSA’s year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens.

If you are a stakeholder with an interest in teens and/or youth you want to attend the virtual town hall to get your voice heard and help guarantee that teens are served in the community as they need to be. Also, those who participate will get an advance copy of the final white paper that will be developed at the end of this year-long project.

If you work in libraries you want to be participate because you will be able to network with other library staff, get new ideas and learn about resources.

Up to 100 people can attend the virtual town hall so feel free to invite colleagues, peers, and others to help YALSA plan the very important future of library services to teens.
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