Crash Course in Teen Services by Donna P. Miller

By Donna P. Miller

Learn concerning the global of modern youth and the way to speak with this extremely important phase of your library's viewers. assemble principles for enlisting support from lecturers and faculty librarians in making plans programming to deliver children to the library. Examples of genuine existence reference interviews stick to an inventory of instruments to have on the youngster reference table. the basic components of creating youngster assortment and reader's advisory providers are awarded with rules for making a youngster pleasant library. details can be necessary to librarians in smaller libraries and individuals assigned to teenager companies as part of their different duties.

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However, most towns have a chamber of commerce or visitors’ bureau that will have this type of information readily available, so the staff of your library only needs to find this agency and ask for the information rather than having to gather and compile it. Another valuable source for this type of information is your state library. In fact, the state library is an excellent resource for many types of services, so it is a good idea to start there whenever you have questions, need help, or want to find resources on a multitude of library-related topics.

Both the physical layout and the floor space of the library will influence the decision as to which approach is used. While it is desirable to separate teen media and shelve the collection in the teen area, this may not be possible. One approach that can be used is to inter-shelve media with books. In this arrangement, all material is shelved together in the standard alphabetical or Dewey number order. The advantage to this shelving arrangement is that all materials on a specific topic are located in the same place to provide easy access by customers.

As mentioned previously, fiction books in the teen collection will need to cover a wide range of reading levels and interests. Teens with more advanced reading abilities will be attracted to adult fiction books that contain more complex plots, character development, and other literary elements, whereas teens who are struggling or reluctant readers will need books that fall into the category of high/low books. This category includes books that are of high interest to teens but are written on a lower reading level.

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