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Libraries + teens

  1. 1. Libraries + Teens why libraries need teens why teens need libraries Angie Manfredi Los Alamos County Library System
  2. 2. Who Am I? Why Am I Here? <ul><li>Member of YALSA since 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Head of Youth Services in Los Alamos, New Mexico. </li></ul><ul><li>Los Alamos was interested in pursuing a teen program, basically from scratch. </li></ul><ul><li>Not a lot of dedicated teen services staff in NM libraries. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Teens Need Libraries <ul><li>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.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. A Sample <ul><li>Search Institute’s Developmental Assets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Young person receives support from three or more nonparent adults. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Blah-Blah-Blah <ul><li>The Developmental Assets are a great way to build community support. </li></ul><ul><li>They are nationally recognized, well-known, and have research to back them up. </li></ul><ul><li>They are an easy way to make a case for teen services to reluctant community members, even outside your library. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Teens Need Libraries Because.. <ul><li>We bridge their digital divides. </li></ul><ul><li>We help them make sense of information overload. </li></ul><ul><li>We provide access to popular materials. </li></ul><ul><li>We advocate for them within the community. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Digital Divide <ul><ul><li>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.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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.” </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Information Literacy <ul><li>Digital natives still need road-maps. </li></ul><ul><li>The “Doesn’t Google mean we don’t need libraries?” issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Not only do all students and teens need information literacy skills but they continue to need them at a younger age. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 9. “Teens Don’t Read” <ul><li>New York Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4 holds on 308 copies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Divergent by Veronica Roth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 holds on 67 copies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Salt Lake City Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 holds on 57 copies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Divergent by Veronica Roth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>30 holds on 2 copies </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. It costs money to buy… <ul><li>50+ volumes of a manga series. </li></ul><ul><li>DVDs, musical CDs, magazine subscriptions. </li></ul><ul><li>The sheer number of YA books being published and sold. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pretty Little Liars sold 2.4 million copies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Last Sacrifice sold 484,849 copies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Necromancer sold 202,614 copies </li></ul></ul>
  11. 21. Teens + Libraries <ul><li>YOU must advocate for teens in your library. </li></ul><ul><li>YOU must share your enthusiasm and first hand experience. </li></ul><ul><li>You would never “give up” on programming for any other age group. </li></ul><ul><li>Teens need YOU to not give up on them. </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t like the tone, YOU have the power to change the tone. </li></ul>