Bare Bones Young Adult Services: Tips for Public Library Generalists

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Only a small fraction of libraries can afford full-time young adult librarians. Yet if your library is like most, a quarter of your patrons are young adults, twelve to eighteen years old. Bare Bones Young Adult Services: Tips for Public Library Generalists offers a quick-start guide to superior service for staff and librarians who must fill the gap.

Informed by YALSA's popular Serving the Underserved workshops, this handbook answers all the common questions generalists have about working with teens. A friendly, modular design invites you to scan in stolen moments and pick up such tips as:

  • the seven developmental needs of young adults;
  • how to interact with teens;
  • readers advisory services for teens;
  • how to evaluate Web sites;
  • forms for coordinating homework support with schools and parents; and
  • strategies for dealing with troublesome behavior.

With expert advice on what's most important, your bare bones service won't be skimpy.


  • Young Adult Services Philosophy
  • Youth Participation
  • Planning for Young Adult Services
  • Creating a Young Adult Space
  • The Young Adult Collection
  • Serving Young Adults
  • Right and Responsibilities
  • Continuing Education for Improved Service
  • Renee J. Vaillancourt

    Rene J. Vaillancourt is the assistant director of the Missoula Public Library in Montana. She received her M.S.L.S. at the Catholic University of America, where she was awarded a U.S. Department of Education scholarship for young adult services. She has worked with teenagers in public libraries in Rhode Island and Indiana. A YALSA member since 1992, Ren̩e has served on the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and Youth Participation committees. She has published articles on young adult services in VOYA and School Library Journal and has presented numerous programs and workshops as a YALSA Serving the Underserved trainer.

    "This manual belongs on the professional shelf of every library—whether or not it has a young adult department or young adult librarian. It should also be available at every university offering a graduate degree in library science. It is the most basic, affordable guide on how to set up, expand, and/or improve library materials and services to teens."

    "This outstanding resource provides answers to the basic questions that generalists may have about reference and reads' advisory services to young adults... Seasoned young adult librarians may also get some fresh ideas from this extremely useful tool which belongs in all public library professional collections."
    —School Library Journal

    "The author of this helpful guide comes to the task with a strong, lengthy background in young adult services... I would recommend this book for professional librarians in whatever type library."
    —Catholic Library World

    "The style is clear and straightforward, making for easy reading... [T]his book would be a useful addition to staff libraries and would particularly help young professionals working with young adults for the first time. University libraries which support teaching programs in information management and library science should also consider including this book in their collections."