Youth Voice, Youth
Involvement, Youth Engagement, Youth Organizing and Youth
startling development has taken place in communities across the
nation: more and more adults are waking to the reality that if they
want to 'save' their communities, they have to engage young people.
This is exactly what is happening in libraries, where young peoples'
participation has often been stigmatized and neglected. That is
starting to change.
POINT TO PONDER:
“The more we increase the active participation and partnership with
young people, the better we serve them. … And the more comprehensively
we work with them as service partners, the more we increase our public
value to the entire community.” - Carmen Martinez, director of the
Oakland Public Library, as quoted by Wendy Lesko
RESOURCES: These organizations can help you
learn more about young people's participation in libraries.
Adult Library Services Association - The
mission of the Young Adult Services Division is to advocate, promote
and strengthen service to young adults as part of the continuum of
total library service, and to support those who provide service to
Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development
encourages public libraries to listen to youth, to take seriously the
recommendation that libraries become cooler, to create innovative
youth jobs and to work together to realize both the mission of the
library and the personal and educational goals of young people.
Voice of Youth
Advocates - VOYA
(Voice of Youth Advocates) is a bimonthly journal addressing
librarians, educators, and other professionals who work with young
adults. The only magazine devoted exclusively to the informational
needs of teenagers, it was founded in 1978 by librarians and renowned
intellectual freedom advocates Dorothy M. Broderick and Mary K.
Chelton "to identify the social myths that keep us from serving young
people and replace them with knowledge." Broderick retired in early
1997, when Cathi Dunn MacRae became editor after twenty years as a
young adult librarian in public libraries.
American Library Association:
Intellectual Freedom for Young People
A webpage that includes basic
intellectual freedom principles, links to the fundamental principles
of American and international libraries, and links to pages to help
you understand why censoring the Internet is the same as censoring a
book. Includes hot topics in intellectual freedom and a Q&A section.
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
- Young adults promote their participation in the creation and development of
library activities, programs and publications, thus insuring the relevance of
these products and services to the population we serve.