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New directions for library service to young adults
Jones, Patrick, 1961-
Publication Information:
Chicago : American Library Association, [2002]

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v, 146 pages ; 23 cm
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Z718.5 .N477 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Picking up where the best-selling Bare Bones Young Adult Services left off, this exciting new book has an ambitious intent - to help libraries, with their communities, develop their teens into healthy, competent, and caring adults. Applying the tools in New Planning for Results to the goals outlined in Information Power, YALSA has teamed up with writer Patrick Jones to provide direction on how to deliver YA service that is proactive and holistic. Approaching the service mission holistically means linking the developmental needs and assets of these young adults with the overarching goals of the library. With passionate, authority, this book presents a checklist for strengthening community-wide bonds to young adults through policies, collections, programs, services, technology, facilities, hours, and, most importantly, human resources. This book changes the context for thinking about services to young adults in school and public libraries from a reactive series of programs aimed at increasing use of the library, to a well-planned initiative that focuses on outcomes. Laying down twelve goals and ten core values of YA service, New Directions inspires you to renew your commitment and: -

Author Notes

Patrick Jones is a former librarian for teenagers. He received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association in 2006. He is the author of numerous books including Things Change, Chasing Tail Lights, The Tear Collector, and The Gamble.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Jones updates ALA's Directions for Library Service to Young Adults (2d ed., 1993) and includes planning models based on AASL's Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning (ALA, 1998) and PLA's The New Planning for Results: A Streamlined Approach (ALA, 2001). These models include goals of YA services, core values, and arguments for youth services. Each model addresses providing services within a library setting, encouraging teen participation, and meeting the developmental needs of young adults. An extensive checklist of quality library services includes staffing, resources, facilities, and programming. Several appendixes provide added information not found together elsewhere, including YALSA's Strategic Plan, an excerpt from the IRA position statement on adolescent literacy, competencies for effective YA librarians, and normal adolescent development. This title will be useful to both the school and the public librarian. --Rochelle Glantz

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
1 Directionsp. 1
Backgroundp. 4
Purposep. 6
2 Planning Your Tripp. 9
3 Mapsp. 13
Twelve goalsp. 15
Ten core valuesp. 17
Ten essential argumentsp. 41
4 Two Roads to Travelp. 47
The New Planning for Resultsp. 47
Information Powerp. 51
5 Itinerary for Quality Library Services to Young Adultsp. 57
Administrationp. 58
Collectionsp. 59
Programsp. 62
Servicesp. 63
Electronic Resourcesp. 65
Facilities and Hoursp. 66
Staffp. 68
6 Reaching the Destination: Success Storiesp. 70
7 A Successful Journey: Outcomesp. 78
A Service Responses from The New Planning for Results: A Streamlined Approachp. 81
B The 40 Developmental Assets from the Search Institutep. 83
C Young Adult Services Trainers Offer Their Services to School and Public Librariesp. 87
D Strategic Plan of the Young Adult Library Services Associationp. 88
E Normal Adolescent Development from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychologyp. 100
F Toward a Blueprint for Youth: Making Positive Youth Development a National Priorityp. 104
G Guidelines for Youth Participationp. 110
H The Nine Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning from the American Association of School Librariansp. 113
I Excerpt from Adolescent Literacy: A Position Statement from the International Reading Associationp. 115
J Young Adults Deserve the Best: Competencies for Librarians Serving Young Adultsp. 124
Vehiclesp. 129
Resources Citedp. 129
Resources for Further Readingp. 132
Indexp. 139