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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
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?
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
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.