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Being a Teen Library Services Advocate
Linda W. Braun
Item Number: 978-1-5557-0795-8
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $51.00
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220 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-5557-0795-8
Year Published: 2012
In this guide, former YALSA President Braun explains what teen services advocacy is and why it is important. Braun gives readers the information required in order to advocate for teens and as a result improve library services, the value of the library in the community, and the lives of young adults. Topics include
  • How to be an effective advocate for teens
  • How to practice advocacy skills and techniques
  • How to setup successful long-term teen services advocacy initiative
  • Examples of successful advocacy campaigns

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michele Gorman

Chapter 1. Understanding Advocacy by Being a Teen Library Advocate 

What Is Advocacy Anyway? 
What Is an Advocate? 
What Does It Take to Be a Successful Advocate? 
Being an Advocate Seems Time-Consuming,
a Lot of Work, and Pretty Scary 
Getting Past Barriers 
Why Teen Librarians Need to Be Advocates 
Goals of Teen Library Advocates 
I’m In, So How Do I Get Started Gaining
the Skills I Need?
I’ve Tried It, So Now What? 

Chapter 2. Collaborations Make for Successful Advocacy Efforts 

What Is Collaboration?
If It’s So Much Work, Why Do It? 
What to Collaborate On and Whom to Collaborate With
Just Do It

Chapter 3. Advocating Every Day 

A Day in the Life 
What It Takes 
Going Beyond Yourself
Make It a Part of Your Job Description 

Chapter 4. Go for It with an Advocacy Campaign 

What Is an Advocacy Campaign? 
Doing It Yourself: The Pieces 
Doing It Yourself: Selling It to Administrators
Doing It Yourself: Web-Based Tools 
Google Docs 
What to Keep in Mind in the Social and Virtual World
The Bottom Line

Chapter 5. Teens as Library Advocates 

Advocate and Grow Up Successfully 
Getting Teens Ready to Be Library Advocates
Teen Advocacy Projects 
The Overall Value of Teen Library Services 
Creating or Enhancing Teen Space 
Strong Teen-Focused Collections 
Open Access to Technology 
State Library Legislative Day 
Membership on the Library Board
Get Ideas from Teens

Chapter 6. Going Beyond Your Library: State, Regional, and National Advocacy 

Why Leave the Comfort Zone? 
Are There Challenges? 
I’m In, Now What? 
District Days 
State Library Legislative Days 
National Library Legislative Day 
Don’t Let Fear Get in the Way 

Chapter 7. Tools for Being a Strong Advocate 

40 Developmental Assets® for Adolescents 
Marketing or Advocacy: You Decide 
Advocacy Skills/Knowledge/Ability Checklist
Advocacy Resources 
The Importance of a Whole Library Approach
to Public Library Young Adult Services:
A YALSA Issue Paper 

About the Author and YALSA 

About the Author

Linda W. Braun is an Educational Technology Consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online. She provides training and consulting services to schools, libraries, and other educational institutions on how to integrate technology successfully. In addition to writing numerous books for ALA Editions, YALSA, Neal-Schuman, and Information Today, she is a columnist for Voice of Youth Advocates.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is the fourth-largest division of the American Library Association, with more than 5,400 members. YALSA’s mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens and young adults. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve, and empower teens and young adults. YALSA’s major initiatives include Teen Read Week™ and Teen Tech Week™. Known as the world leader in recommending books and media to those ages 12–18, YALSA each year gives out six literary awards, including the Printz Award, and chooses titles for seven book and media lists.

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. 

The report is available for free at


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