Michele Elizabeth Gorman is the Teen Services Coordinator for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) in North Carolina. She oversees teen services for PLCMC, a system comprised of 24 locations serving a population of approximately 900,000 people, and she also manages PLCMC's teen-only library, the Loft at ImaginOn. In addition to working full time, Michele is a freelance writer and renowned national speaker, certified by the Young Adult Library Services Association as a "Serving the Underserved" Trainer. In 2007 Michele was elected to the YALSA Board of Directors for a three-year term. Michele's books include Getting Graphic! Comics for Kids (Linworth, 2008); the third edition of Connecting Young Adults and Libraries (Neal-Schuman, 2004), which she coauthored with Patrick Jones and Tricia Suellentrop; and Getting Graphic! Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens (Linworth, 2003). She has been a contributing columnist for "Teenage Riot" in School Library Journal and the graphic novels columnist for Teacher Librarian. She is currently the "Getting Graphic" columnist for Library Media Connection.
- About the Authors
Co-authors Gorman and Suellentrop have updated and revised this edition to address the latest trends and best practices in teen services, including programming, marketing and promotion, collection development, technology, outreach, library spaces for teens, and more. This expanded edition includes exciting new research about the teen brain, the latest in technology and social networking, and an information-packed new chapter on information literacy. The accompanying CD-ROM includes updated core documents, sample forms, surveys, and other planning tools that can be personalized to best meet the needs of your public library or school library media center, including:
• Information Literacy Exercises
• Progressive Discipline Policy for Youth
• Sample Teen Volunteer, Intern, and Employee Applications
• Teen Comment Card Template
• Planning Form for Developing a New Teen Space
• Teen Focus Group Guide
• Form Letter for Soliciting Partners/Sponsors for Teen Programming
• Sample Booktalk Evaluation Form
Whether you are teen librarian, library generalist, or graduate student searching for new information about how to best serve teens in libraries, this is the book for you.
"The big pink bible of young adult (YA) services is back and better than ever … It is hard to imagine any library that wants to do a better job of understanding, serving, and embracing teens not having this book, even if they have every other edition. It is invaluable beyond the few words that this review has space to include. The CD-ROM tool kit alone makes this resource worth its purchase ... Highly recommended for new and seasoned librarians alike."