Posted by Paula Brehm-Heeger

Thanks to everyone for the great comments about TAG activities. Clearly, TAGs can be an invaluable tool when it comes to building effective teen services! Some unique TAG activities mentioned in comments from the field include asking TAG members to:

  • Speak at staff training events
  • Ask questions of candidates for Teen Librarian positions
  • Create booklists
  • Help with children’s programs
  • Offer general feedback about service
  • Plan special theme-based programs

A few of these suggestions hint at the advocacy role TAGs can play internally – advocating for service to teens within the Library organization.

What about the role TAGs play in advocating for the Library in the community, particularly with other teens? How do your TAG members raise the profile of the Library? Could they be doing more?

About Paula Brehm Heeger

Past-President of YALSA (President, 2007-2008) and current member of the YALSA Board of Directors (2006-2009). Past YALSA Committee Chair positions include Partnerships Advocating for Teens (PAT), TAGS, Intellectual Freedom; Past ALSC Chair positions include Notable Children's Videos; Contributing author to upcoming "Quick and Popular Reads" (ALA Editions, forthcoming)

One Thought on “TAGS and Advocacy

  1. Amy Alessio [Visitor] on March 19, 2006 at 11:22 am said:

    I love talking about my TAB almost as much as I enjoy discussing my own toddler. Paula posed a great question about getting the word out into the community. My TAB co-hosts at least 3 big events a year with area Teen Centers. These include a spring lock in night, a summer kick-off BBQ, and a Halloween party. They get to mix with teens they may not normally mix with, as well as learn about how limited resources are in some parts of our area, and how we can share.

    Many teens who go through a probation or peer jury sentence in our community have to attend a library teen program too, and it is usually the TAB meeting. Often these are my favorite teens to work with as they are so delighted to learn that the library wants to listen to what ideas they may have.

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