I’ve officially started my new job, heading up a brand-new teen department. While the children’s department has been serving teens here for a while now, this is the first time that my library has had a separate teen librarian with a separate budget and all that. So, I’m starting from the beginning, pretty much. To make things a bit more complicated, we’re moving into a new library in January. Right now, we don’t have a real space for teens, but we will in the new building.
There’s a lot to think about (hello, understatement). I’ve got my budget, so now I have to figure out how to spend it. The teen collection here is pretty good — but there are a lot of aging titles that need to be evaluated (some of them are still circulating like crazy), and there are some worn copies that need to be replaced. We also have a sizeable graphic novel collection (mostly manga) that I am totally unfamiliar with. The kids at my last library weren’t asking graphic novels and I never got around to educating myself.
And then there’s the non-book stuff. We have a Wii, but no games except the sports package that comes with the console. So we need more of those, and maybe another console. Plus DVDs and CDs that appeal specifically to teens — there are tons of movies and CDs in the adult collection that teens might like, but there should be a small collection in the teen room of stuff that adults can’t have (or wouldn’t want anyway). Right? And I’d love to have a circulating video game collection. And board games that stay in the building.
I’m starting to write down programming ideas, but I can’t do much til I get a TAG off the ground. I also need to get to know the teens who are already using the library, and to meet the ones who aren’t (how??). I need to publicize our new program — again, how? I put up a facebook page, but of course no one’s looked at it yet.
It’s so overwhelming! And cool and exciting. I’m having a hard time prioritizing, especially since there are six long months til the new building opens and the teen room actually exists.
So — I know with ALA going on, many of you are busy with travel and attending the conference, but if there’s anyone out there who wants to leave a comment with a piece of advice, a resource I should check out, or an experience they want to share, I would really appreciate it!
I’m going to keep posting here, working my way through this process with all of you. So wish me luck. And if you’re going to Anaheim, have fun and safe travels!