Transforming Young Adult Services

Transforming Young Adult Services

by Anthony Bernier, John M. Budd

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How should LIS envision its young adult users? Now showcasing an even more rigorous debate about the theory and practice of YA librarianship than its first edition, this "provocative presentation of diverse viewpoints by leaders in the field" (Catholic Library World) has been updated and expanded to incorporate recent advances in critical youth studies. A comprehensive, evidence-based treatment that offers LIS instructors, students, and practitioners a valuable tool for aligning YA services to more fully reflect our diverse populations of young people, this collection delves deeply into such topics as

  • the historical roots for current theories and practice;
  • how intellectual freedom, storytelling, library collections, and other service topics can connect with the library's notion and vision of young adults ;
  • diverse YA identities, including critical race theory;
  • competing perspectives on young adults’ rights in libraries;
  • envisaging YA librarianship from a teen-centered perspective;
  • youth identities and the school library; and
  • moving beyond coaching to copilot with young adults.

The broad range of topics and arguments in this volume invites and challenges readers to see critical theory as a means to effect true transformations in young adult services.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780838917749
Publisher: American Library Association
Publication date: 02/25/2019
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,107,359
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Denise E. Agosto, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the College of Information Science & Technology at Drexel University. Her research interests include public libraries, diversity issues in youth library services, youth information behavior, and gender and information behavior. Dr. Agosto has published more than 60 articles and book chapters in these areas, and she frequently speaks about her research at state and national conferences. She has received numerous awards for her research and teaching, including the 2007 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, the Drexel University 2007 Outstanding Contribution to Online Learning Award, and a number of funded research grants and fellowships. She is the Chair of the American Library Association's Library Research Round Table (LRRT), a member of the Lubuto Library Project's Lubuto Collections and Programs Advisory Council, and serves on the editorial boards of Library & Information Science Research, Children's Literature in Education, and The Journal of Information Technology Education (JITE).

Michael Cart is a nationally known expert in young adult literature, which he taught at UCLA before his recent relocation to the Midwest. A columnist and reviewer for ALA's Booklist magazine, he is also the author or editor of more than 20 books and countless articles that have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Parents Magazine, American Libraries, School Library Journal, and elsewhere. The former president of both YALSA and ALAN, he is the recipient of the 2000 Grolier Award and the first recipient - in 2008 - of the YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Award. He appointed and chaired the Task Force that created the Michael L. Printz Award and subsequently chaired the 2006 Printz Committee.

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