Transforming young adult services

Format: Print Book 2013
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CLP - District Services Professional Collection Z718.5.T73 2013
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Collection  Professional Collection
Call Number  Z718.5.T73 2013

In this provocative call to action that encourages LIS students, researchers, and practitioners to question some of the underlying assumptions of their discipline, Bernier initiates an open discussion about how YA professionals perceive young adults. Exploring the question of what an LIS-specific vision of young adults should be, this book offers a wide array of provocative positions with implications for libraries in literacy initiatives, YA space, intergenerational interactions, and civic life. Research-based articles and essays from leading scholars and practitioners examine young adults in historical and conceptual contexts, such as the ways in which social theory is rapidly changing the essence of YA librarianship. The variety of perspectives and analyses offered will launch a vigorous new debate on how libraries and those in the field think of and serve young adults.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The underlying perspective of this professional resource is that YA service should move from a model where youth are seen as underrealized adults (who need to be corrected or developed ) to one where youth are valued as individuals and where library service embraces teens-in-the-moment. Chapters are arranged in three sections: describing the librarian's perspective of young adults and young adult literature; uncovering the marginalization of youth and moving teens into partnership with LIS activities; and exploring YA rights and intellectual freedom. The book is scholarly in tone and focus, and the picture it presents of youth and youth services is heavily biased by the imperfect lens of theory. Editor Bernier is a professor at San Jose State University, and the bulk of the authors are also library-school professors. Although it may be difficult for researchers to envision teens as individuals, working librarians certainly know they will engage with a variety of personalities each day. Descriptions of practice and trends sometimes seem outdated, such as the author who predicts the next big home for book reviews will be social media sites such as Myspace. Nevertheless, the theories are engaging, and LIS students and YA researchers should find it of interest.--Weak, Emily Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Young adults' libraries.
Young adults' libraries -- United States.
Libraries and teenagers.
Libraries and teenagers -- United States.
Publisher Chicago :2013
Contributors Bernier, Anthony, editor.
Language English
Description xxv, 254 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781555709075
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