Young Adult Library Services

Vol 15 No 1_Fall 2016

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ExplorE Learn about the impact libraries have when it comes to teens and out-of- school-time learning. Innovation and Change in Learning: Impact for Libraries Growing Together Learning Together together "When is an afterschool program more than just an afterschool pro- gram? When, like PACE (a middle school afterschool program in Nash- ville), it's part of a system that coor- dinates efforts and resources to bring young people opportunities—such as sessions with a trained literacy spe- cialist—that might otherwise be out of reach." In this resource, the Wallace Foundation details how to develop a system of successful afterschool programs and highlights how these programs use a framework focused on two foundational premises. One prem- ise is that youth gain benefits from frequent participation in high-quality afterschool programs. The second premise is that a coordinated approach can increase access to afterschool pro- grams. They have identified four key elements of an afterschool system: Strong leadership from major players – For an afterschool system to succeed, all major players need to "own" the effort to some degree. Leadership changes so ownership has to come from more than one institution. Coordination that fits local con- text – Depending on local needs, an afterschool system can be coordinated by a single public agency, multiple agencies working together, a non- profit intermediary, or a network of partners. Effective use of data – Gathering and sharing data on a large scale takes both technology to track and orga- nize information and a skilled staff to interpret and act on it. Assessing the supply of, and demand for pro- gramming, recruiting, and retaining students, and measuring quality and performance are all important; tools like David P. Weikart Center's Youth Program Quality Assessment are avail- able to help. Comprehensive approach to quality – Cities must decide what quality means to them, how "high stakes" to make their assessments, and how to support continuous improve- Crystle Martin ExplorE W elcome to Research Roundup. The pur- pose of this recurring column is to make the vast amount of research related to youth and families accessible to you. To match the theme of the fall issue, this Research Roundup column focuses on innovation and change in out-of-school learning and how that can be applied to libraries. For each item listed below you'll find a short overview of what the research resource is all about and some ideas about how you might integrate the findings and recommendations into your work with youth. 8 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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