Articulating the critical roles libraries play in the lives of teens
YALSA has released its "The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action". While it deals with public libraries, there are some important themes for any library that works with youth. It is the result of a year-long national forum conducted by YALSA "to articulate the critical roles libraries play in the lives of teens."
"The library can no longer be viewed as a quiet place to connect to physical content. Instead it needs to evolve into a place, physical and virtual, where individuals can learn how to connect and use all types of resources, from physical books to apps to experts in a local, regional, or national community. Libraries must leverage new technologies and become kitchens for "mixing resources" in order to empower teens to build skills, develop understanding, create and share, and overcome adversity. ... New research also points to a concept of connected learning, in which studies show that young people learn best when that learning is connected to their passion, desires, and interests."