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Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, 5th edition
Edited by Amy Alessio
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8457-4
Publisher: YALSA
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160 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8457-4
Year Published: June 2008
The fifth edition of Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults highlights 25 of the best programs across the country, providing ideas for replicating and adapting them in school and public libraries. Organized for easy browsing, each chapter encourages you to think about the range of possible programs and illustrates the growing trend of including teens in very aspect of the program—from planning to outcomes! Categories include:
  • Enhancing Teen Spaces, Physical or Virtual
  • Creative Teen Clubs
  • Reading Raves
  • Community Connections
  • Living in a Diverse World
  • Services Under $100
  • Special Events
This new edition also includes a thoughtful preface from Mary K. Chelton and helpful appendixes, including criteria for judging the program; YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth; YALSA’s White Papers; biographical details on Margaret A. Edwards, whose Trust has helped fund each edition of Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults; and a list of resources and publications offered by YALSA for those who work with young adults in a library setting.
About the Author

Amy J. Alessio is the Teen Coordinator at Schaumburg Township District Library in Illinois where she creates and runs teen programs and coordinates the teen advisory board. Her writing credits include editing YAttitudes, YALSA's online newsletter, and articles in VOYA, and American Libraries. She also is the author of YALSA’s Teen Read Week Manual and A Year of Programs for Teens (ALA, 2006). Amy has presented on teen and young adult service topics at state and national conferences. She received her MLS from Rosary College in River Forest, IL in May, 1996.

Free Report: The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action

Last year, experts and practitioners from across the U.S. discussed the future of teens and libraries. The result? Some straightforward and achievable recommendations for engaging and empowering teens. 

YALSA’s “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action” report captures findings from the 2013 meeting about how youth-serving groups, community organizations and libraries can team up to help the nation’s teens succeed in school and prepare for careers. 

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