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Fundamentals of Children's Services, Second Edition
Michael Sullivan
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1188-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $54.00
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384 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1188-4
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, G, H
Children's services are the heart of the library; in fact, more than one-third of U.S. library users are under the age of 12. Sullivan has updated and expanded his comprehensive reference, covering both innovative and standard practices in children's services. Fundamentals such as collection development and management, programming, homework support, and reference and readers' advisory are all thoroughly updated. In response to pervasive changes in the field, he also
  • Offers an expansive view of what it means to ensure that children are well-served in light of ongoing budgetary challenges
  • Shows how to collaborate effectively with parents, teachers, and administrators, and how to cooperate with schools
  • Gives techniques for using tools such as social media for marketing, outreach, and advocacy
  • Addresses the subject of children and e-books
  • Helps readers understand the importance of new cataloging trends, such as RDA: Resource Description and Access and RFID, and reference work in the digital age
Those studying to become children's librarians, experienced and new children's librarians, library administrators, and trustees alike will find Sullivan’s book a definitive guide to the fundamentals of children's services.
Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

Part I Children’s Services and the Mission of the Library
1 Where We Fit In
2 Principles of Children’s Librarianship
3 Whom Do Children’s Librarians Serve?
4 Children’s Services and the New Approaches to Public Libraries

Part II The Collection
5 The Collection Development Policy
6 Purposes and Components
7 Selection and Acquisition
8 Organization and Cataloging
9 Evaluation and Deselection/Weeding

Part III Services
10 A Space of Their Own
11 After-School Services
12 Reference in the Digital Age
13 Readers’ Advisory
14 The Internet and Social Media

Part IV Programming
15 Story Hours
16 Book Discussion Groups
17 Booktalking
18 Entertainment and Enrichment Programs
19 Summer Reading Programs
20 Family Programs and Family Literacy
21 School Cooperation in an Age of Shortages
22 Serving Special Audiences

Part V Management, Administration, and Leadership
23 Budget and Finance
24 Planning
25 Law, Policy, and Procedures
26 Public Relations, Promotion, and Marketing
27 Professional Development


Appendix A Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries
Appendix B Library Bill of Rights
Appendix C Code of Ethics of the American Library Association


About the Author

Michael Sullivan is the author of several books, including Raising Boy Readers, Connecting Boys with Books: What Libraries Can Do, Connecting Boys with Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap, and Serving Boys through Readers' Advisory. He has spoken widely on the topic of boys and reading as well as library administration and the place and power of children's services. He was a children’s librarian and library director in public libraries for more than fifteen years and taught public library administration for five years at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.

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