After doing the Community Profile and comparing my library to the standards and suggestions from The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)’s report “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action,” I think that these five main ideas are important for any successful young adult department.
- Space – make sure the space set out for the Young Adult section is warm and inviting and allows for a collaborative environment for teens.
- Collection – have a collection that reflects the needs and interests of the members of your community.
- Programs – schedule a variety of programs that teens will enjoy, and ones that will help them develop skills that they’ll need in adulthood.
- Digital – provide teens with different resources that they can access away from the library. Also make sure that there is a way that they can get involved and communicate with the department via some form of social media.
- Environment – Above all, create an environment where teens feel that they are respected and perceived as patrons who are just as important as children and adults.
Braun, L., Hartman, M., Hughes-Hassell, S., and Kumasi, K., with Yoke, B. (2014). The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/yaforum/sites/ala.org.yaforum/files/content/YALSA_nationalforum_Final_web_0.pdf