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Children & Libraries: Getting It Right
Virginia A. Walter
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0795-5
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $36.00
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192 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0795-5
Year Published: 2001
While “getting it right” for kids in libraries can be a challenge—as rapid technology changes impact both library services and the needs and expectations of children—it is a goal that warrants serious attention. This visionary book by respected children’s library specialist and advocate Virginia Walter is a call to action for consider children as vital participants in the community, as well as serious readers and technology users.

Children & Libraries: Getting it Right helps you to create a new vision statement, articulate heartfelt goals, and create glorious kid spaces in the library, all in the face of tight budgets, and to:
  • Better serve the children in your communities by understanding their lives and experiences.
  • Uncover and analyze emerging trends like Internet service, homework assistance, and parent interaction.
  • Adapt strategies from top children’s library programs around the country.
  • Create tangible outcomes to justify funding proposals.
Walter’s “10 Steps to Getting it Right” and “Five Laws of Children’s Librarianship” (adapted from Ranganathan's definitive Five Laws of Librarianship) are just two examples of how this book will motivate readers to create superior library services for children.

About the Author
Virginia Walter is associate professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. She has served in public libraries for more than 25 years, most recently as children’s services coordinator for the Los Angeles Public Library. Holding a master’s degree in library science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California, she is the 2000–2001 president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). A Booklinks columnist and author of professional books, she has also written two books for young people.
“A pivotal book for people who work with/for children in public libraries... This is an excellent resource to inspire the minds of everyone interested in library services to young people in the 21st century.”
—School Library Journal

“…a well-researched, carefully cited book illustrating the past, the present and the possible future of libraries and children.”
—Catholic Library World

“...a good overview of the essence of children’s librarianship and could provide a starting point for conference workshops and discussions about the role of children’s librarians.”

“This is a book for all those who work with children, who need to understand better the stakes involved: the pressures on children and on libraries in a changing world. Library directors would benefit from Walter’s conceptualization of the child of the future as well as current best practice... [A] radical text, one that we need as we ponder the great divide between the lives of children and libraries. It is also a clear, cogent text, one that stirs thinking (the author’s intention). Finally this book is a reflective text that reminds us of why we drop pebbles in the deep woods.”
—Library Quarterly

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