Serving Older Teens

Paperback | December 31, 2003

bySheila B. Anderson

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While libraries have traditionally offered diverse materials, services, and programs for children and even young teens based on their developmental needs, older teens (aged 16-19) are too often left out, with the excuse that "older teens aren't interested." On the threshold of adulthood, these young people have immense informational needs that libraries are in a wonderful position to supply: information about colleges, about work, about relationships, and leisure activities. In this lively and practical guide, notable teen experts and stellar practitioners Sheila Anderson, Amy Alessio, Patrick Jones, Robin Lupa, and Kristine Mahood explain why service to teens in this age range is so important, and how you can enhance your collection and services to accommodate and win over this important group. Topics range from understanding older teen needs and creating a vital teen space to building and promoting a winning collection. Brimming with valuable insights, fresh ideas, as well as nuts-and-bolts directions, this is a must-read for all librarians who work with older teens.

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While libraries have traditionally offered diverse materials, services, and programs for children and even young teens based on their developmental needs, older teens (aged 16-19) are too often left out, with the excuse that "older teens aren't interested." On the threshold of adulthood, these young people have immense informational ne...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.16 × 6.22 × 0.78 inPublished:December 31, 2003Publisher:Libraries UnlimitedLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0313317623

ISBN - 13:9780313317620

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?This insightful book invites librarians to consider the developmental stages of teens....Anderson and other contributors offer an abundance of collection development ideas. ...Any librarian serving older teens will benefit from this book, especially young adult librarians, public library generalists, reference librarians and children's librarians. Those wishing to improve or expand upon services and collections for older teens will find a wealth of information including how to design an inviting teen space.??Public Library Quarterly