October 7, 2015

A New Report from YASLA: “The Future of Library Services For and With Teens: A Call to Action”

Released today by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

From News Release:

This report provides a roadmap for the library community for working with teens,” said Shannon Peterson, YALSA President. “It explains the shift occurring, what our core missions and values must be, and provides recommended strategies for moving forward into the future.”

The report is a call to action for the library community.  It provides recommendations on how libraries must address challenges and re-envision their teen services in order to meet the needs of their individual communities and to collectively ensure that the nation’s 40+ million teens develop the skills they need to be productive citizens.  By acting on this call, the library community can work within their own local communities to create the kind of spaces, services and opportunities that today’s teens need in order to succeed in school and in life.


 “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” was written and edited for YALSA by Linda W. Braun, Maureen L. Hartman, Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Kafi Kumasi, with contributions from Beth Yoke. It was adopted by the YALSA Board of Directors on Dec. 16, 2013.

Funding for this report came from a 2012 Institute of Museum and Library (IMLS) grant.

Direct to Full Text Report (59 pages; PDF)

Direct to Executive Summary (3 pages; PDF)

See Also: Learn More About the National Forum on Libraries and Teens

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