Young Adult Library Services

Vol 15 No 1_Fall 2016

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FROM THE EDITOR Linda W. Braun Masthead 2016-2017 YALS/YALSABLOG EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Linda W. Braun, Seattle, Wash. & Dr. Crystle Martin, Long Beach, Calif., Co-Chairs; Megan Ballengee, Millwaukee, Wisc.; Audrey Hopkins, Wiley, Tx.; Carrie Kausch, Falls Church, Va.; Amanda Kordeliski, Norman, Okla.; Jennifer Luetkemeyer, Tallahassee, Fla.; Tara Smith, Charlotte, N.C. YA L S A E X E C U T I V E D I R E C TO R Beth Yoke E D I TO R Linda W. Braun C I R C U L AT I O N Young Adult Library Services (ISSN 1541-4302) is published four times a year by the American Library Association (ALA), 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. It is the o cial publication of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of ALA. Subscription price: memb ers of YALSA, $25 per year, included in membership dues; nonmembers, $70 per year in the U.S.; $80 in Canada, Mexico, and other countries. Back issues within one year of current issue, $17.50 each. Periodicals class postage paid at Chicago, Illinois and additional mailing o ces. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Young Adult Library Services, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Members: Address changes and inquiries should be sent to Membership Department, Changes to Young Adult Library Services, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Nonmember subscribers: Subscriptions, orders, changes of address, and inquiries should be sent to Changes to Young Adult Library Services, Subscriptions, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; 1-800- 545-2433, press 5; fax: (312) 944-2641; S TAT E M E N T O F P U R P O S E Young Adult Library Services is the o cial journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. YALS primarily serves as a vehicle for continuing education for librarians serving young adults, ages twelve through eighteen. It will include articles of current interest to the profession, act as a showcase for best practices, provide news from related fi elds, publish recent research related to YA librarianship, and will spotlight signifi cant events of the organization and o er in-depth reviews of professional literature. YALS will also serve as the o cial record of the organization. I n 2014, when YALSA released the report, "The Future of Libraries for and with Teens: A Call to Action," it was the fi rst step in a multiyear process to support teen library staff in designing library services that put teen needs and preferences fi rst. Sometimes, taking a "teens-fi rst" approach requires signifi cant change in what library staff serving teens design and implement. In this issue of YALS, we highlight some of the ways libraries are inno- vating and changing in order to better support today's teens. This issue includes two articles by teens, each with a focus on what is required for successful connected learning experiences. Middle school student Lucca Kemp writes about what he thinks is needed to create engaging and worthwhile classroom experiences. 18 year-old Shelby Barnes's article tells readers how her experience as an intern at the Syl- van Way Library, part of the Kitsap Regional Library System , Washington, helped to build her confi dence while connecting her to a variety of learning opportunities. In the YALS interview, we highlight projects at the San Diego Public Li- brary and the University of Maryland, where initiatives help teens gain col- lege, career readiness and 21st century literacy skills using connected learning techniques. Jennifer Velásquez, of the San Antonio Public Library, Texas, dis- cusses how teens helped the library create their space, a fl exible area that enables contemplation, participation, and socializing. Putting teens fi rst means connecting with community members in order to better learn what youth require and where support needs to be provided. That's why there are two articles in this issue about community engage- ment. Shana Hinze, from the Miami Dade Library System, Florida, gives readers a lot to think about as she discusses how she connects with youth development stakeholders. Stephanie Schott describes her experience as a part of Leadership Anchorage and how that involvement helped her better understand her community, her career goals, and what leadership is really all about. Summer 2016 is barely behind us, but I know plenty of library staff are already planning for summer 2017. (continued on page 16) 2 Y A L S » Y O U N G A D U L T L I B R A R Y S E R V I C E S » F A L L 2 0 1 6

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