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Attracting Young Adults to the Library: A Research Critique Paula Ciberay, Barbara Durland, Jennifer Roberts, and Lisa Wood
Introduction “ The secret message . . . to most young people today is that they are not needed . . . For society to attempt to solve its problems without [their] full participation . . . is IMBECILE. Alvin Toffler, author/futurist
PROBLEM STATEMENT Young Adults = 25% of public library patrons Public libraries without YA librarian = 89%
Librarians view young people as internet users first, while teens view themselves as researchers first.
Perhaps librarians need to give credit where credit is due, and focus on teen research interests first, then use the internet as a means to that goal. (Bishop and Bauer, 2002).
Poster Created By: Lisa Wood, Jennifer Roberts, Barb Durland, and Paula Ciberay Sources Bishop, K., Bauer, P. (2002, Winter). Attracting young adults to public Libraries: Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA research grant results. Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, 15, no.2, 36-44. Retrieved March 20, 2009, from Library & Information Science; Education.
Thesis “ By identifying effective young adult strategies, programs, and services, the following research study will add to the knowledge of the role of libraries and librarians as community partners in providing for the needs of young adults “(Bishop & Bauer, 2002, p.3).
Although there were some limitations to this study, such as a low rate of return of the survey and lack of response from teens who were not already quite involved in their library, the recommendations can provide some simple but useful techniques that most libraries and librarians could incorporate to attract teens.