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New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults
Young Adult Library Services Association
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0827-3
Publisher: YALSA
Price: $35.00
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146 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0827-3
Year Published: 2002
Picking up where the best-selling Bare Bones Young Adult Services left off, this exciting new book has an ambitious intent—to help libraries, with their communities, develop their teens into healthy, competent, and caring adults. Applying the tools in New Planning for Results to the goals outlined in Information Power, YALSA has teamed up with writer Patrick Jones to provide direction on how to deliver YA service that is proactive and holistic.

Approaching the service mission holistically means linking the developmental needs and assets of these young adults with the overarching goals of the library. With passionate authority, this book presents a checklist for strengthening community-wide bonds to young adults through policies, collections, programs, services, technology, facilities, hours, and, most importantly, human resources. This book changes the context for thinking about services to young adults in school and public libraries from a reactive series of programs aimed at increasing use of the library, to a well-planned initiative that focuses on outcomes.

Laying down twelve goals and ten core values of YA service, New Directions inspires you to renew your commitment and:
  • Start from scratch or revitalize your existing program
  • Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate top-flight services to young adults
  • Create a partnership with the young adult population in your neighborhood
  • Boost the achievement and esteem of these young student
  • Allocate and cultivate resources to meet real needs
Eighteen real-life success stories show programs from around the country that have engaged their kids—in drama groups, in homework programs, in college planning programs—all with tangible outcomes. Packed with useful resources, the appendix includes YALSA's key action areas and guidelines, adolescent developmental assets from the Search Institute, and standards for information literacy. All of these resources come together to help you foster a thriving young adult constituency and a new direction for your services.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Directions
Chapter 2: Planning Your Trip
Chapter 3: Maps
   Twelve goals
   Ten core values
   Ten essential arguments
Chapter 4: Two Roads to Travel
   The New Planning for Results
   Information Power
Chapter 5: Itinerary for Quality Library Services to Young Adults
   Electronic Resources
Chapter 6: Reaching the Destination: Success Stories
Chapter 7: A Successful Journey: Outcomes

A  Service Responses from The New Planning for Results: A Streamlined Approach
B  The 40 Developmental Assets from the Search Institute
C Young Adult Services Trainers Offer Their Services to School and Public Libraries
D  Strategic Plan of the Young Adult Library Services Association
E  Normal Adolescent Development from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology
F  Toward a Blueprint for Youth: Making Positive Youth Development a National Priority
G  Guidelines for Youth Participation
H  The Nine Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning from the American Association of School Librarians
I  Excerpt from Adolescent Literacy: A Position Statement from the International Reading Association
   Resources Cited
   Resources for Further Reading

About the Author
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, advocates, promotes, and strengthens service to young adults and works to support those who provide service to this dynamic population.

One of the leading lights of young adult librarianship, Patrick Jones runs, a consulting firm and Website dedicated to consulting, training, and coaching YA librarians. A charismatic speaker and presenter, he works with school and public libraries nationwide to provide powerful youth services. A widely published author and advocate, Jones served as Youth Services Coordinator for the Houston Public Library where he developed the Power Card Challenge program and the ASPIRE after-school program for at-risk middle school children. He recently completed his first young adult novel titled Things Change. Jones received a master's degree in library science from the University of Michigan.
“Clearly the best examination of libraries and teenagers to be published recently... [A] manifesto for how services for young adults should be conceptualized.”