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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
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
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
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
Chapter 4. Partnering with Youth Facilities
Different Types of Youth Facilities
Following Youth Facility Policies
Your Programs, Their Facility
Working with Nonlibrary Personnel and Caregivers
Forming a Lasting Partnership
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
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
Chapter 7. Technology Programs and Resources
Starting a Technology-Based Program
Promoting Literacy through Technology Use
Accessing the Internet
Beyond the Internet
Chapter 8. Engaging At-Risk Teens
Engaging At-Risk Teens: Programs at the Library
Engaging At-Risk Teens: Programs with a Partner Facility
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
Appendix A. Forms
Appendix B. Organizations That Serve Youth
Annotated Bibliography. Core Titles for Youth at Risk
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.
"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
"A recommended book that will
encourage many teen librarians to begin outreach programs
for at-risk teens if their library currently does not offer such
— Reference & User Services Quarterly