Children & Libraries: Getting It Right

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While "getting it right" for kids in libraries can be a challenge—as rapid technology changes impact both library services and the needs and expectations of children—it is a goal that warrants serious attention. This visionary book by respected children's library specialist and advocate Virginia Walter is a call to action for consider children as vital participants in the community, as well as serious readers and technology users.

Children & Libraries: Getting it Right helps you to create a new vision statement, articulate heartfelt goals, and create glorious kid spaces in the library, all in the face of tight budgets, and to:

  • Better serve the children in your communities by understanding their lives and experiences.
  • Uncover and analyze emerging trends like Internet service, homework assistance, and parent interaction.
  • Adapt strategies from top children's library programs around the country.
  • Create tangible outcomes to justify funding proposals.

Walter's "10 Steps to Getting it Right" and "Five Laws of Children's Librarianship" (adapted from Ranganathan's definitive Five Laws of Librarianship) are just two examples of how this book will motivate readers to create superior library services for children.

Virginia A. Walter

Virginia A. Walter has retired from her work as a full-time tenured professor at the UCLA Department of Information Studies. However, she continues to teach classes and advise students at UCLA and is an active library consultant and trainer, who has been invited to speak at many domestic and international venues. She is the author of many journal articles, nine monographs, and two books for young people. She has an MLS from UC Berkeley and a PhD in public administration from the University of Southern California. She is a past president of the Association for Library Service to Children.

"A pivotal book for people who work with/for children in public libraries... This is an excellent resource to inspire the minds of everyone interested in library services to young people in the 21st century."
—School Library Journal

"…a well-researched, carefully cited book illustrating the past, the present and the possible future of libraries and children."
—Catholic Library World

"...a good overview of the essence of children's librarianship and could provide a starting point for conference workshops and discussions about the role of children's librarians."

"This is a book for all those who work with children, who need to understand better the stakes involved: the pressures on children and on libraries in a changing world. Library directors would benefit from Walter's conceptualization of the child of the future as well as current best practice... [A] radical text, one that we need as we ponder the great divide between the lives of children and libraries. It is also a clear, cogent text, one that stirs thinking (the author's intention). Finally this book is a reflective text that reminds us of why we drop pebbles in the deep woods."
—Library Quarterly