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The rapid growth of the young adult population in America, coupled with the risk factors that are associated with this age group, have resulted in unprecedented demand for improved library services to young adults. This workshop will provide a thorough, up-to-date introduction to essential skills and resources for:

  • Addressing the needs of adolescents,
  • Creating an environment for positive youth development,
  • Measuring YA service outcomes, and
  • Creating community partnerships for young adult services.

Whether you work with young adults on a daily basis or only on occasion, knowing proven techniques for meeting their special needs will improve both your confidence and your ability to deliver effective library service. Special attention will be given in this course to practical ideas for youth participation, collection development (including trends in young adult literature), and programming for young adults.

Workshop Description: This all-day workshop will provide -- through a combination of lectures, individual, and group exercises -- a practical, hands-on introduction to the components of young adult service programs, forming and working with young adult advisory boards, using basic review/collection development materials, programming (including booktalking to young adults), and basic reader's advisory work. The instructor will provide sample plans, bibliographies, templates, a webliography and numerous practical, field-tested tips that can be applied immediately.

Pre-workshop assignment: Students will be required to read the young adult novel SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson and to prepare questions about it for a young adult book discussion program.

Preliminary Course Outline:

  • Fundamentals
    • Basic print and online resources
    • Basic competencies for serving young adults
    • Young adult developmental needs
    • Fundamentals of planning for young adult service
  • Youth Participation and Planning Young Adult Service Areas
    • Forming and working with a Young Adult Advisory Board
    • Basic considerations in planning space for young adult service
  • Collection Development and Trends in Young Adult Literature
    • Using young adults in materials selection
    • Using basic review sources
    • Book and non-book formats, including comics and graphic novels
    • Content categories
    • Current trends in young adult literature and publishing
  • Programming, Booktalking, Reader's Advisory Tools and Service
    • Planning, implementing and evaluating young adult programs
    • Introduction to booktalking
    • Conducting simple reader's advisory interviews
  • Trends in Young Adult Service
    • Forming community partnerships
    • Professional development
    • Review and summary

Workshop Instructor: Michael Cart