Teen Space Feature, Farmington Public Library’s Teen Zone (Fall 2012 Issue)

In the Fall 2012 issue of YALS, youth services librarian Katherine Trouern-Trend takes a look at the new National Teen Space Guidelines from the Young Adult Library Services Association. These guidelines were created in 2011-2012 by a task force and adopted by YALSA’s board of directors in May. Several libraries were included as model spaces. We asked some of them to share photos and information about their spaces and will be featuring them in the coming weeks.

This week’s featured teen space is the Teen Zone from Farmington Public Library in Farmington, NM. David Florez, the library’s Teen Zone Coordinator, shared some information and pictures of the space.

“Located in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest, the Farmington Public Library serves a culturally diverse population of approximately 110,000, with a collection consisting of more than 190,000 books, e-books, periodicals and multimedia titles and is home to the Teen Zone social space.

Teens at the Farmington Public Library meet with Paul Volponi through Skype.

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10 Quick Tips for Advocacy (Fall 2012 Issue)

The fall issue of YALS focuses on advocacy. There are several articles with tips to help library staff serving teens advocate for what they do. As a companion to those articles, YALS asked Christian Zabriskie to let us know his 10 tips for successful advocacy efforts. Christian is a member of the Board of Directors of YALSA, is the CEO of Urban Librarians Unite, and is the Co-author of Grassroots Library Advocacy: A Special Report available from ALA Editions.

  1. Know Who To Talk to and When: Who are the decision makers you need to influence and when will they be making their decisions? There is no point harassing people who cannot give you what you want and even the right people might be useful to you for a short window of time. Do some homework so you don’t waste your time and energy before talking to the right person at the right time. Continue reading

Teen Space Feature, Waupaca Area Public Library’s Best Cellar (Fall 2012 Issue)

In the Fall 2012 issue of YALS, youth services librarian Katherine Trouern-Trend takes a look at the new National Teen Space Guidelines from the Young Adult Library Services Association. These guidelines were created in 2011-2012 by a task force and adopted by YALSA’s board of directors in May. Several libraries were included as model spaces. We asked some of them to share photos and information about their spaces and will be featuring them in the coming weeks.

Rebecca Wisniewski from the Waupaca Area Public Library shared some of the highlights of the library’s teen space, The Best Cellar.

“The Best Cellar at the Waupaca Area Public Library opened to the teens of the Waupaca area in April 2006, following four years of extensive planning, fund-raising and grant writing. The new design was a much-welcomed improvement over the converted storage room that had been serving as the teen space.

The Best Cellar is well-utilized by teen patrons who frequent the library. They come to select materials for checkout, log on to the internet computers, play on the Wii and PlayStation 2, grab a snack, participate in programs, or just hang out with their friends. The use of the internet computers and the Wii are by far the most popular activities that the teens engage in on a daily basis. They also like being able to purchase and enjoy affordable snacks while spending time in the Best Cellar. The snacks are supplied by the Student Library Advisory Group (SLAG) and the proceeds go toward maintaining and improving the teen space as well as supporting teen programming.”

The Best Cellar showing central room area in foreground, Nonfiction and DVD shelves in background

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Advocacy Across ALA (Fall 2012 Issue)

The fall issue of YALS focuses on advocacy with four articles featuring helpful, hands-on tips for librarians who work with teens. We posted several online resources from Heather Gruenthal’s article, A School Library Advocacy Alphabet, a few weeks ago. Heather’s article included a host of YALSA advocacy resources that are definitely worth checking out:

Below is a selection of even more resources to help with your advocacy efforts, collected from across the American Library Association and its divisions.

Association-Wide Resources

  • @ Your Library: The Campaign for America’s Libraries is ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Includes a variety of tools and resources to use in your library and community.
  • ILoveLibraries.org: This website, developed by ALA, provides news and information, as well as opportunities to become involved in library advocacy.
  • National Library Promotions and Events: A listing of the promotions throughout the year that libraries of all types all across the country can get involved with to promote libraries and create awareness of library issues. Continue reading