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ERIC Number: ED516989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 136
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8389-3587-3
Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA's Competencies in Action
Flowers, Sarah
ALA Editions
As high school enrollment continues to rise, the need for effective librarianship serving young adults is greater than ever before. "Young Adults Deserve the Best: Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth," developed by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), is a document outlining areas of focus for providing quality library service in collaboration with teenagers. In this book, Sarah Flowers identifies and expands on these competency areas. This useful work includes: (1) Anecdotes and success stories from the field; (2) Guidelines which can be used to create evaluation instruments, determine staffing needs, and develop job descriptions; and (3) Additional professional resources following each chapter that will help librarians turn theory into practice. The first book to thoroughly expand on this important document, "Young Adults Deserve the Best" is a key foundational tool not only for librarians but also for young adult specialists, youth advocacy professionals, and school administrators. Chapters of this book include: (1) Competency Area I: Leadership and Professionalism; (2) Competency Area II: Knowledge of Client Group; (3) Competency Area III: Communication; (4) Competency Area IV: Administration; (5) Competency Area V: Knowledge of Materials; (6) Competency Area VI: Access to Information; (7) Competency Area VII: Services; and (8) Starting from Scratch. Appended are: (1) Library Bill of Rights; (2) Free Access to Libraries for Minors; (3) Access for Children and Young Adults to Nonprint Materials; (4) Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program; (5) Minors and Internet Interactivity; (6) Labeling and Rating Systems; (7) Questions and Answers on Labels and Rating Systems; (8) Code of Ethics of the American Library Association; and (9) Guidelines for Library Services to Teens, Ages 12-18. An index is also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Library Association