The Youth Services Section of the Massachusetts Library Association has released the 2010 revision of the Standards for Public Library Service to Young Adults in Massachusetts. The standards are intended to guide the local library in its ongoing evaluation and development of young adult services as a strong unit within the overall services and planning structure. The document was originally created by a statewide committee of teen librarians, children’s librarians, library directors and regional youth consultants in 1994. It was substantially revised in 2005 and is intended to be revised every five years.

Additions to the standards in the new edition include chapters on Young Adult Librarians as Leaders and Long-Range Planning. Technology was also given its own section, and a subsection on social networking was added to the Technology chapter. An extensive bibliography at the end of the Standards will be available soon as a separate standalone web page that will be updated frequently as YSS members discover new, useful resources.

To download a copy of the 43 page PDF document, please visit For more information, contact Maureen Ambrosino, Chair of the 2009-2010 Subcommittee on Young Adult Standards at

About Maureen Ambrosino

I was the chair of YALSA Legislation for 2008-2009, and was given the title of "raging library activist" by School Library Journal for my January 08 article on advocacy. When I'm not emailing legislators and rallying other librarians to email theirs, I am the Youth Services Consultant at Central Massachusetts Regional Library System in Shrewsbury, MA.

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