The Fall 2012 issue of YALS includes an article by Maureen Hartman (Coordinating Librarian for Youth Literacy and Learning at the Hennepin County Library) titled Good Teen Librarians Make Great Library Advocates. The article focuses on the ways library staff working with teens can build relationships and partnerships in order to advocate successfully for the age group. Not only are staff at the Hennepin County Library building collaborations, partnerships, and relationships they are also producing videos to help get the word out about the importance of serving teens in libraries.
Soon YALSA members (and YALS subscribers) will see the fall issue of YALS in their mailboxes. The theme of the issue is advocacy and it’s filled with articles on the importance of speaking up for teens in school and public libraries. For example:
- Maureen Hartman, Hennepin County (MN) Library, writes about how building partnerships with community organizations can help you to advocate for young adults.
- Heather Gruenthal, Anaheim (CA) School District, provides an A-Z on how to be a strong advocate for teens in the school community.
- Ellin Klor, Santa Clara (CA) City Library, talks teen parenting and how a strong program for teen parents helps those working with the age group to advocate for the age group.
- Krista King, Boone County (KY) Public Library, lets readers know how teens got involved in her library’s strategic planning process and as a result spoke up for themselves in the library and the community.