Twenty-First-Century Kids, Twenty-First-Century Librarians

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Inspired by a new generation of librarians and children, Walter reconsiders the legacy passed on by the matriarchs of children's services and examines more recent trends and challenges growing out of changes in educational philosophy and information technology. This thoroughly researched book includes the current issues and trends of

  • Outcome-based planning
  • Early literacy
  • Homework centers in libraries
  • Children's spaces

With extensive experience in children's services as well as library instruction issues, Walter brings readers vital information on the current state of library services to children.


1. Where We Came From: The Tradition of Public Library Service to Children

2. Where We Are Today: Contemporary Public Library Service to Children

3. Warning Signs

4. The Changing Lives of Children

5. Emerging Trends in Library Services to Children

6. Future Libraries and Future Kids: Some Alternative Visions

7. Getting It Right

8. Afterword: Five Laws of Children's Librarianship


Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries



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.

"Walter's core values are worth reading and implementing."

"Valuable reading for library managers, educators and students as well as librarians directly involved with children's services."
--The Australian Library Journal

"The book balances the past, present, and future of library service to children, and readers are reminded that, despite changes in both children and libraries, the goal of library service to children is the same now as it was for the pioneers of children's librarianship. This an excellent read for anyone working in library services to children, as well as library administrators who want to gain a concise and comprehensive view of the history and emerging issues related to library services for children."
--Public Libraries