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Teen Advisory Boards and You!


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Presentation for NLA 2011 Conference.

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  • 1. Teen Advisory Boards and YOU!
  • 2. Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
    Youth Advisory Council (YAC)
    Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
    Teen Advisory Club/Council (TAC)
    Teen Library Council (TLC)
    Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
    Known by Many Names:
  • 3. Get to know local teens
    Familiarity with interests and needs
    Encourages involvement
    Meet new people
    Provides staff with a better understanding of teens
    Sense of responsibility and accomplishment
    What Do TABs Accomplish?
  • 4. Approval can occur in two ways:
    Approval for a TAB
  • 5. Increases services to teens
    Allows teens to be involved
    Creates volunteer opportunities
    Gather teen demographic statistics
    Writing the Proposal
  • 6. How formal will TAB be?
    Teen representation
    Educate peers
    Teen input
    Creative programs and activities
    Short-term and long-term goals
    Defining Goals
  • 7. How will you select members?
    How will you recruit members?
    Marketing inside the library
    Marketing outside the library
    Setting Up the TAB
  • 8. TAB = Fun but also serious
    TAB = important and special
    TAB = “exclusive”
    Determine basic operating standards
    Criteria for TAB Membership
  • 9. Choose an effective advisor
    Someone who enjoys working with teens
    Advisor = friend/mentor/supervisor/objective adult all in one
    Qualities of an advisor:
    Sense of humor
    Enthusiastic and supportive of teens
    Treats teens with respect and sincerity
    Ready, Set, Get Started!
  • 10. Biggest challenge to starting a TAB
    Determine exact age and/or grade level of members
    Basic means of recruitment:
    Talk to teens
    Have application form ready
    Promotional posters
    Visit schools
    Word of mouth
    Snacks! “Om-nom-nom”
    Nominate teens
    Recruiting Members
  • 11. Meet in a comfortable place
    Create an agenda
    Have snacks
    Make teens feel welcome and important
    Decide how often the group will meet and when
    Follow up with written information
    TAB Meetings Tips
  • 12. 10 – 15 minutes for socializing
    Discuss ongoing business
    General teen input
    Develop and plan for upcoming activities
    The Agenda
  • 13. No one shows up
    Only a few show up
    Start off strong . . . now no one comes
    Teens can’t get along
    What If Things Go Wrong!
  • 14. Mission statement
    TAB officers
    TAB projects:
    TAB Newsletter
    TAB Website
    Other Examples of Projects/Activities
    Libraries are NOT Boring
  • 15. Life-Size Candy Land
  • 16. Life-Size Candy Land
  • 17. Life-Size Candy Land
  • 18. Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • 19. Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • 20. Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • 21. Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • 22. Biggest difficulty = teen commitment
    Reasons why a teen should be on the library board:
    Teens are the future library supporters
    Teens bring fresh opinions
    Elevate the status of teens
    Teens gain support for ideas that will bring more teens to the library and promote teen reading
    Teen Representation on Adult Library Boards
  • 23. Make new friends
    Get volunteer hours
    Membership looks good on college applications
    Special TAB-only member T-shirts
    Food is always a reward!
    Hold special events just for them
    Special events beyond the library help develop a cohesive group
    Perks of TAB Membership
  • 24. TABs give teens great opportunities for building the 40 Developmental Assets
    Teens are the BEST resource for finding out what your library can do for them
    Teens are our future financial supporters
    Teens need to be heard and will become your friends and allies if you listen to them
    Why You Need a TAB
  • 25. Give you new and fresh ideas
    Increase your knowledge about current teen patrons
    More relevant collection = increased circulation
    More relevant programs = increased attendance
    More relevant displays = increased circulation
    Attract teens who were not previously library users
    In the Beginning a TAB Will . . .
  • 26. Increase passive marketing in the community
    Provide assistance at programs
    Shift the perception of the library as “lame” to a cool place to be
    Later On a TAB Will . . .
  • 27. Provide more outreach possibilities
    Increase active marketing in the community
    Increase other programming
    As It Becomes Bigger TAB Will . . .
  • 28. Give 5 – 10 minutes of socializing at the start of a meeting
    Take notes at meetings
    Provide snacks
    TAB = Fun = Serious Too
    Be honest with your teens
    Invite members of the staff, media, and city officials to meetings
    TAB Do:
  • 29. Don’t get discouraged
    Don’t let the group be too vague or let them take on too much at once
    Don’t dominate the meeting by talking at the group
    Don’t make meetings too serious
    Don’t set unrealistic deadlines or obscure the difficulties of achieving certain projects
    Don’t become discouraged if the library budget precludes teenagers or your TAG
    TAB Don't:
  • 30. TAB Application Form
    TAB Rules and Regulations Form
    Personalized Recruitment Letter
    Example of Print Newsletter
    Media Permission Slip
    Permission Forms for TAB Lock-In
    Copies of Forms
  • 31. Contact:
    Lindsey Tomsu
    Teen Coordinator
    La Vista Public Library
    9110 Giles Road
    La Vista, NE 68128