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    • Libraries + Teens why libraries need teens why teens need libraries Angie Manfredi Los Alamos County Library System
    • Who Am I? Why Am I Here?
      • Member of YALSA since 2006.
      • Head of Youth Services in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
      • Los Alamos was interested in pursuing a teen program, basically from scratch.
      • Not a lot of dedicated teen services staff in NM libraries.
    • Teens Need Libraries
      • Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets are “ positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.”
    • A Sample
      • Search Institute’s Developmental Assets
        • Young person receives support from three or more nonparent adults.
        • Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
        • Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.
    • Blah-Blah-Blah
      • The Developmental Assets are a great way to build community support.
      • They are nationally recognized, well-known, and have research to back them up.
      • They are an easy way to make a case for teen services to reluctant community members, even outside your library.
    • Teens Need Libraries Because..
      • We bridge their digital divides.
      • We help them make sense of information overload.
      • We provide access to popular materials.
      • We advocate for them within the community.
    • Digital Divide
        • NY Times article (6-17-11) about the digital divide in the Hispanic community in California: “at a recent neighborhood [the Mission district in SF] event for sixth to eighth graders, 30 percent didn’t have e-mail addresses.”
        • July 2010 Pew Internet poll: “Fifty-one percent of Hispanics and 46 percent of blacks use their phones to access the Internet, compared with 33 percent of whites.”
    • Information Literacy
      • Digital natives still need road-maps.
      • The “Doesn’t Google mean we don’t need libraries?” issue.
      • Not only do all students and teens need information literacy skills but they continue to need them at a younger age.
      • www.martinlutherking.org
    • “Teens Don’t Read”
      • New York Public Library
        • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
          • 4 holds on 308 copies
        • Divergent by Veronica Roth
          • 3 holds on 67 copies
      • Salt Lake City Public Library
        • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
          • 2 holds on 57 copies
        • Divergent by Veronica Roth
          • 30 holds on 2 copies
    • It costs money to buy…
      • 50+ volumes of a manga series.
      • DVDs, musical CDs, magazine subscriptions.
      • The sheer number of YA books being published and sold.
        • Pretty Little Liars sold 2.4 million copies
        • Last Sacrifice sold 484,849 copies
        • The Necromancer sold 202,614 copies
    • Teens + Libraries
      • YOU must advocate for teens in your library.
      • YOU must share your enthusiasm and first hand experience.
      • You would never “give up” on programming for any other age group.
      • Teens need YOU to not give up on them.
      • If you don’t like the tone, YOU have the power to change the tone.