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Connecting Young Adults and Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual, 4th Edition (How-to-Do-It Manuals)
YAttitude is back and in the 4th edition of the best-selling Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, created by former author, trainer, and inspirational speaker Patrick Jones. Co-authors Michele Gorman and Tricia Suellentrop have updated and revised this edition to address the latest trends and best practices in teen services, including programming, marketing and promotion ...more
Paperback, 389 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
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Connecting Young Adults and Libraries continues with the passion, enthusiasm and commitment to teens of the previous editions. If you don’t have this book yet, order it now! There is a new, important chapter on Information Literacy and this manual does a great job providing in-depth information and tools on library service to young adults in schools and public libraries. Chapters include understanding the YA audience, providing the best service possible, the right kind of collection (books and t ...more
There are so many parts of this book that I can easily see using in the future. There is also a CD in the back for creating documents like Internet Use policies for teens. I especially liked the idea of creating a teen web committee within a library, where teens choose what goes on the teen portal, as well as regularly contributing to book blogs and programming web events. I'd put what page I'm reading currently, but we've jumped around the edition.
This book has some great insights into serving teens in libraries, as well as getting the staff on board with this patron demographic. The writing occassionally veered into purple prose and at other times felt like the authors assumed the readers harbored a secret dislike for teens. Overall, it provides a good overview of services to teens.