Experts explain why library service to older teens is so important, and how librarians can enhance collections and services to accommodate and win over this important group.
Hooray! Here is an excellent guide for serving a group of readers easily overlooked in the library communityolder adolescents between the ages of sixteen and nineteen. Often preoccupied with required reading for school, while simultaneously juggling jobs, sports, and social activities, older teens can lose touch with the rhythms and tastes of their own reading selves. Librarians might be at a loss for methods to guide them, despite the fact that there are so many outstanding books throughout the collection that might serve as enticement. Like the proverbial friend in need, this resource is bursting with ideas to enhance (or create, in some instances) library services to older teen patrons. Beginning with the task of recognizing the unique needs of readers in this age group, Anderson offers statistical information that verifies their existence and psychological evidence demonstrating their developmental needs. A chapter by Patrick Jones brushes aside well-meaning constructions concerning what teens should read and gives some great insight into what they actually like to read. Amy Alessio has ideas about arranging the physical space of the library to welcome older teens, Kristine Mahood offers suggestions for booktalks, and Robyn Lupa takes readers into the YA world beyond printed material. Best of all, this book is packed with annotated bibliographies. Any imaginable angle of classification, both fiction and nonfiction, is covered. If one loves reading and recommending literature to young adults, this book will be a nirvana! And if one finds young adults baffling and unapproachable, here is a wealth of tools to expand one's library skills when dealing with this dynamic age group.2004, Libraries Unlimited, 240p.; Index. Illus. Biblio., Ages adult professional.