Young Adult Library Services

Vol 15 No 1_Fall 2016

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FEATURES who were affected by the violence. They saw us personally take an active role in the welfare of their lives while simultaneously modeling positive ways to engage their community. My co- worker further declared that we were there to hear what the public needed. If there was a program or service they wanted, and we didn't offer it, we were listening. The message to the audience that evening was clear: the library truly cares about the people in our community. This was evident in the representation of library staff among other respected government personnel such as police offi cers, fi refi ghters, teachers, city and county commissioners. Keep Communication Channels Open A word of advice. It's important to keep library management in the loop about your outreach ideas. Administra- tors may have more information about the organizations you would like to connect with and about the bigger picture activities of the library and/ or the partner organizations. Together you can decide if the activity you are considering is the right approach for you and for the library. In some library systems you may have a main outreach librarian or team and it is always pru- dent to go through them fi rst as they may already have an active relationship with one of the organizations you seek to contact. Get Involved You can do it too! Join groups, attend meetings, drop in at intergovernmental meetings, service clubs, parent teacher meetings, reach out to the social services offi ce, WIC offi ce, state job placement offi ce, schools, after school programs. The idea is to go where people in the community go to get help, ask for things, or get things done. Becoming part of these groups will allow you to see and hear fi rst hand the needs of the community. Take a look at the organization listing at your local Chamber of Commerce, look up service organizations in your neigh- borhood, drive around town (you may fi nd an organization that you didn't know existed or isn't published), contact churches and social services offi ces. You can make these types of community outreach activities work in your community. Don't be scared to get started. You'll fi nd that it's well worth it. Shana Hinze has worked in youth services for almost 12 years and was previously a librarian at YOUmedia Miami before becoming Branch Manager at the Allapattah Branch Library, Miami-Dade Public Library System. Young Adult Library Services is the offi cial publication of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. Young Adult Library Services is a vehicle for continuing education of librarians work- ing with young adults (ages twelve through eighteen) that showcases current research and practice relating to teen services and spotlights signifi cant activities and programs of the division. For submission and author guidelines, please visit http:// yalsa.ala.org/blog/yals/submissions/. Guidelines for Authors Annick Press ............................................................................ 13 Atlantic Publishing ................................................................... 22 Baen Books ......................................................................Cover 2 Disney-Hyperion Books ..................................................Cover 4 Shreveport Regional Arts Council ........................................... 37 Index to Advertisers 30 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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