Connecting Young Adults and Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual, Fourth Edition

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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.

Michele Elizabeth Gorman

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.

Tricia Ann Suellentrop

Tricia Ann Suellentrop is the Deputy County Librarian for the Johnson County Library in Kansas. She oversees all operations for 13 locations serving more than 400,000 residents. Tricia has been with the library since 1998, serving as the Teen Services Librarian, Youth Services Manager, and most recently Systemwide Services Manager. She received the American Library Association Sagebrush Award in 2001 for outstanding service to young people and the Youth Services Award in 2002 from the Mountain Plains Library Association. Tricia coauthored the third edition of Connecting Young Adults and Libraries with Patrick Jones and Michele Gorman in 2004. In 2005 she was selected as one of Library Journal's “Movers & Shakers” for her work with teens in the correction system.

"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."


"Whether your program and offerings for young adults are thriving, need a little reviving, or are nonexistent, this books contains a wealth of useful information ... The toolkit is a fabulous resource for those who are starting a teen program or need a boost introducing new programs or ideas...Any library serving teens should have this book in its collection, and it is an excellent resource to share with all staff members to make the library a welcoming and relevant place for teens."
--Reference and User Services Quarterly

"Contains just about everything anyone would want to know in the early twenty-first century about being an excellent young adult librarian .... The book is extremely well laid out ... one of the most outstanding features of the book is an extensive glossary of both terms and people's names ... it is recommended for all young adult librarians or all librarians who want to be young adult librarians or teachers who want to function as young adult librarians."
--ARBA Online

"A wealth of ideas that touch on all facets of programming for the young adult."
--Catholic Library World

"Continues to serve as an essential resource for anyone serving teens ... Another added bonus that greatly improves the work is a CD-ROM with forms, calendars, and sample policies ... The changes and additions make this edition a valuable tool for both new and experienced librarians. Even if you already own an earlier version, you should make room for this one."
--School Library Journal

"This title is invaluable to any librarian who comes in contact with teen patrons."

"Whether a seasoned library professional or someone new to the job, this useful, comprehensive handbook on how to best serve young adult library patrons is a must-have for any librarian's professional library."

"Two excellent teen public librarians have combined their talents to produce a major and practical guide for getting teens interested in libraries and their programming ... is a likely candidate for a teen course in graduate library school and its value to teacher-librarians is to understand ways that public librarians are likely to design their services so the school library media program can fold into and address a comprehensive approach to this age group."
--Teacher Librarian