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Serving At-Risk Teens: Proven Strategies and Programs for Bridging the Gap
Angela Craig and Chantell L. McDowell
Item Number: 978-1-55570-760-6
 
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $62.00
 
 
 
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232 pages
6" x 9"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-760-6
Year Published: 2013
Working with at-risk teens, including those who are homeless, incarcerated, or in foster care, is a rewarding but often challenging endeavor, especially with a growing number of at-risk teens in both urban and rural areas of the country. Based on best practices and personal experiences from many leaders in the field today, including authors Angela Craig and Chantell L. McDowell, this book shows how libraries and communities can work together to find new ways to serve this population. Packed with accessible and affordable programming ideas, ready-to-use templates, and techniques, this addition to the Teens @ the Library series
  • Demonstrates why serving at-risk teens is important, and offers advice for gaining institutional support for outreach services
  • Shows how to understand the needs of at-risk teens, including a discussion of the factors that place teens at risk
  • Examines diversity within the at-risk population
  • Suggests ways to partner with youth facilities, with real-world examples of working with non-library personnel and caregivers
  • Provides guidance for collection and resource development
  • Gives examples of technology-based programs to promote literacy and connectedness


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Table of Contents

Preface 
Acknowledgments 

Introduction. Looking Beyond the Labels

Chapter 1. Services for At-Risk Teens 
Why Serve At-Risk Teens? 
Advocating for Outreach Services 
Strategies for Gaining Support for At-Risk Initiatives 
Involving Library Staff: Utilizing Talent and Enlisting Reluctant Employees 
Strength in Numbers and Community Partners: Libraries Are Not Alone 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 2. Understanding the Needs of At-Risk Teens 
Developmental Needs of At-Risk Youth 
Supporting Teen Development 
The Facility Perspective 
The Library Perspective 
The Teen Perspective 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 3. Diversity within the At-Risk Population 
Factors That Place Teens at Risk 
Library Impact on the At-Risk Population 
Offering Support: Library Solutions 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 4. Partnering with Youth Facilities
Different Types of Youth Facilities 
Creating Partnerships 
Following Youth Facility Policies 
Your Programs, Their Facility 
Working with Nonlibrary Personnel and Caregivers 
Forming a Lasting Partnership 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 5. Understanding the Role of Library Staff 
Staff Assessment: Is This Population Right for You? 
Librarians and Paraprofessionals: Who Is the Best Fit for Serving At-Risk Teens? 
Lack of Librarian Diversity 
Training 
Staying Safe 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 6. Collection Development and Resources 
Selection for a Select Population 
Developing Public Library and School Media Center Collections 
Developing Collections for Youth Facilities 
Maintaining a Mobile Collection 
Selection Tools 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 7. Technology Programs and Resources 
Starting a Technology-Based Program 
Promoting Literacy through Technology Use 
Accessing the Internet 
Beyond the Internet 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 8. Engaging At-Risk Teens 
Engaging At-Risk Teens: Programs at the Library 
Engaging At-Risk Teens: Programs with a Partner Facility 
Conclusion 
Reference 

Chapter 9. Evaluating the Impact 
Evaluation of Library Programs 
Output Measures versus Measurable Outcomes 
Creating and Using Measurable Outcomes with At-Risk Teens 
Measuring the Impact 
Conclusion 
References 

Appendix A. Forms 
Appendix B. Organizations That Serve Youth 
Annotated Bibliography. Core Titles for Youth at Risk 

Index 
About the Authors 

About the Authors

Angela Craig has worked with at-risk populations since 2005, and is currently Teen Services Coordinator and Teen Loft Manager for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library of Charlotte, North Carolina. Her library programs have taken her to the county jail, alternative schools, senior centers, day care centers, homeless shelters, and public schools. She has published articles about her work with the at-risk population in Computers and Libraries and Young Adult Library Services (YALS). A conference presenter on the topic of library services to underserved populations, such as homeless patrons and youth at risk, she is currently serving on YALSA’s 2013–2015 Alex Awards Committee.

Chantell L. McDowell grew up as an at-risk teen, and her desire to give back to her community propelled her to a career as a librarian. While at the Brooklyn Public Library, she facilitated outreach to public and alternative schools, the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center, Rikers Island, group homes, and neighborhood clinics. Later, while serving as a Teen Services Librarian for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library of Charlotte, North Carolina, she helped redesign the teen space of the North County Regional Library and provided special programs and services for teens at her library branch. She is currently Head Library Media Specialist at Ranson International Baccalaureate Middle School, Charlotte, and presented at ALA’s annual conference in 2012 regarding library services to underserved populations.
Reviews

"The authors communicate their commitment, energy and joy of achievement throughout the text. Logically sequenced instructions, sample forms, headings for writing proposals and recording program evaluations, sensible advice on plans and implementation – all combine to encourage readers to extend their services to young people at risk … recommended as a source of program ideas for young people’s librarians."
--Australian Library Journal

"Highly recommended for all librarians who work with young adults."
— Public Libraries
 
 

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