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Title:
Young adults and public libraries : a handbook of materials and services
Author:
Nichols, Mary Anne, 1967-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xii, 283 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780313300035
Format :
Book

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Summary

This handbook is suitable for specialists and generalists in small, medium, and large public libraries, and addresses the full spectrum of library services to teens. Young adults comprise 25% of library patrons, yet nationwide only 11% of libraries have a young adult librarian. By offering services specifically for young adults, libraries will fulfill their responsibility to provide services to the entire community, rather than ignoring this fast growing segment of the population. The book focuses on topics related to young adult collections, including reader's advisory, genre fiction, non-fiction, magazines, non-print materials, trends, publishing, censorship, and restricted access to materials and services based on age. Teens' use of technology, especially the Internet, is covered as well.

Addressing the full spectrum of library services aimed at teens, this handbook is intended for use by novices as well as experts. It is suitable for specialists and generalists in small, medium, and large public libraries, and addresses the full spectrum of library services to teens. Young adults comprise 25% of library patrons, yet nationwide only 11% of libraries have a young adult librarian. By offering services specifically for young adults, libraries will fulfill their responsibility to provide services to the entire community, rather than ignoring this fast growing segment of the population.

The book focuses on topics related to young adult collections, including reader's advisory, genre fiction, non-fiction, magazines, non-print materials, trends, publishing, censorship, and restricted access to materials and services based on age. Teens' use of technology, especially the Internet, is covered as well. Other aspects include homework assistance centers, youth participation, serving underserved populations, and cooperation with other agencies. The book concludes with a comprehensive annotated bibliography of professional resources to aid readers.


Author Notes

MARY ANNE NICHOLS is School-Age and Young Adult Librarian at the Akron-Summit County Public Library in Ohio. /e

C. ALLEN NICHOLS is Director of the Ella M. Everhard Public Library in Wadsworth, Ohio. /e


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

There is a hands-on quality to the discussions in this collection of articles by 24 leading experts in the field of YA services. The authors speak with authority and commitment about important current issues: from balancing popularity and quality in collection building and readers' advisory to training YA staff, providing homework assistance programs, and confronting challenges of intellectual freedom. Part of the Greenwood Library Management series, this is a fine resource, both for in-service training and for library school discussion. --Hazel Rochman


Library Journal Review

Teens constitute about 25 percent of public library patrons, yet service to them is often neglected. This collection is full of good ideas, based on sound principles, for serving this growing segment of the population. Most of the contributors are practicing librarians, and the articles are generally well selected and well written. Topics include reader's advisory, collections, programming, electronic resources, intellectual freedom, and even the training needs of YA staff. If you can buy only one title on this subject, a better choice might be Patrick Jones's more comprehensive, newly revised Connecting Young Adults and Libraries (Neal Schuman, 1998). However, most who work with young adults will want to have this practical book as well.‘Lyn Hopper, Chestatee Regional Lib. Sys., Dahlonega, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Adolescent Development: An Emotional Roller CoasterMelanie Rapp
I Want Another Book Like...: Young Adults and Genre LiteratureMary Arnold
Trends in Young Adult Literature by Michael Cart Publishing for Young AdultsAudrey Eaglen
Where Do I Begin? Developing a Core Collection for Young AdultsCatherine Ritchie
Where Do I Go Next? How to Select Materials for TeensJeri Baker R.L.
Stine Meets Horatio Alger: Quality vs. Popularity in the Young Adult CollectionAnn Sparanese
Young Adult Nonfiction: Not Just for Homework AnymoreRick Kerper
Pump Up the Volume: Selecting and Developing Recording Collections for Young AdultsJames
Cook Sex, Thugs and Rock 'N Roll: Magazines for Young AdultsPatrick Jones
Connecting with the YA Reader: A Reader's Advisory StrategyTom Reynolds
Young Adult Reader's Advisory: Recommending the Right ReadsBarbara
Auerbach teens.on.the.net@yourlibrary.comSusan Weaver
Targeting Teens: Marketing and Merchandising Young Adult ServicesMary Anne Nichols
Techno Teens: The Use of Technology by Young AdultsLesley Farmer
Youth Participation: Involving Young Adults in Library ServicesLynn Cockett
Homework Assistance Programs in Public Libraries: Helping Johnny ReadCindy Mediavilla
Programming for Youth Adults: No Holds BarredElaine McGuire
Long on Enthusiasm, But Short on Ideas? An Annotated Bibliography on Young Adult ProgrammingSean P.S. George
You Don't Have To Do It Alone: Young Adult Partnerships in the Public LibraryDiane Stine
Serving Underserved Populations: Reaching Out to YAs in NeedDiana Tixier Herald
Young Adults and Intellectual Freedom: Choices and ChallengesNancy Kravitz
Getting Started on the Right Foot: The Training Needs of Young Adult StaffC. Allen Nichols
Professional Resources: An Annotated ListDon Kenney
Selected Bibliography
Index