Working With Young Professionals


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Working With Young Professionals

  1. 1. Working With Young ProfessionalsMLA AnnualWednesday, October 26, 2011<br />General Information about Millennials & Generation X:<br /><ul><li>“Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next” from the Pew Research Center:
  2. 2. “Gen X Has a Midlife Crisis” in the New York Times by: A.O. Scott (May 7, 2011)
  3. 3. “Generation Y: They’ve Arrived at Work With a New Attitude” in USA Today by: Stephanie Armour (November 6, 2005)
  4. 4. X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft But Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking by: Jeff Gordinier
  5. 5. Slackonomics: Generation X in the Age of Creative Destruction by: Lisa Chamberlain
  6. 6. Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation is Remaking America by: Mr. Morley Winograb and Mr. Michael D. Hais
  7. 7. The Millennials: Connection to America’s Largest Generation by: Thom S. Rainer, Jess Rainer & Ray Porter</li></ul> Programming:<br /><ul><li>“ALA 2009 – Millennials Rising: Programming and Collections for the Next Generation of Library Users” – Blog Post by: AnneArchy on the Millennials Rising program at ALA 2009 – includes 40 ideas for programs for people in their 20s & 30s
  8. 8. “Engaging Millennials In Your Next Nonprofit Event” – Blog Post in Event 360 by Jono Smith -
  9. 9. Some popular programs: Book clubs (out of the library), Speed Dating, After Hours Programs (Gaming Nights, Crafts, Music Programs, etc…), Young Professional Auxiliaries</li></ul>Collection Development:<br /><ul><li>Watch: Where are young people in your collection? Keep particular watch on media vs. print, nonfiction vs. fiction, what sections of fiction and/or nonfiction, and whether or not you see them in the YA section.
  10. 10. Listen: Make a few relationships with some young people and talk with them about the movies that they’re watching and the music that they’re listening to. Too timid? Just listen in on other people talking.
  11. 11. Create an Advisory Group: Ask a few young people who are in the library to come up with a list of 5 things that they wish you had that you don’t, and then hold them accountable
  12. 12. Try Something New and Different:
  13. 13. Graphic Novels: My 6 Must Own Graphic Novels: Maus by Art Spiegelman; Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi; Stitches by David Small; Blankets by Craig Thompson; Watchmen by: Alan Moore; Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  14. 14. New Displays: YA books for adults, Read It First (Books into Movies), Starting a Career</li></ul>Outreach <br /><ul><li>Don’t be scared or intimidated: They’re people, too
  15. 15. Do Your Research: Bridging the Gap: Beloit College Mindset List:
  16. 16. Try Something New: YOU! You check out Ke$ha or read a zombie book
  17. 17. Be Honest: If you don’t know what’s going on, tell them, and let them educate you.