Linda W. Braun is an education technology consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online. She provides training and consulting to schools, libraries, and other educational institutions on how to integrate technology successfully. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where she teaches courses on Web development and teen services. Linda has written books for ALA Editions, Neal-Schuman, Libraries Unlimited, and Information Today. She is also a TAG Team Tech columnist for Voices of Youth Advocates, and was blog manager for YALSA from 2006 through 2009.
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- About the Authors
Do we add that edgy urban novel to our teen collection? Should we initiate social networking? What about abandoning Dewey for a bookstore arrangement? Change is risky business, but librarians must be prepared to initiate change to best serve teens. YA service innovators Linda W. Braun, Hillias J. Martin, and Connie Urquhart explain how to be smart about taking risks without shying away from them. They offer concrete advice for
- Laying the groundwork for change in key areas such as collection building and programming
- Including technology components as part of traditional services, such as booktalks, information literacy instruction, and book discussion groups
- Effectively gaining support from administrators and colleagues
A resource list highlights articles and websites about risk in libraries, risk management, and teens and risk taking. In addition, appendixes offer YALSA's competencies for serving youth and YALSA's white papers, which discuss the importance of teen literature, the need to include young adult services in library school curricula, and the need for dedicated space and teen services staff in public libraries. Real-world examples of risky change in action from librarians and authors of YA lit enrich this exploration of a topic rarely discussed in depth, but central to YA services in school and public libraries today.
Chapter 1 The What and Why of Risk Taking in Teen Services
Chapter 2 Risk-Worthy Collections
Chapter 3 Risk-Worthy Collections: What Authors Have to Say
Chapter 4 Risks in Programming: A Necessity
Chapter 5 Technology: A Risk Worth Taking
Chapter 6 Selling Risk to Administration and Colleagues
Chapter 7 Risky Career Moves
Chapter 8 Teens as Risky Role Models
A Meet the Risk Takers
B Risky Decision Making: Assessing Risk Readiness
C Risky Decision Making: Is This a Risk Worth Taking?
D Forty Developmental Assets for Adolescents Ages Twelve to Eighteen
E Resources That Support Smart Risk Taking
F YALSA White Papers
G Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA's Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth