CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, published a new set of national guidelines on teen spaces. The Teen Space Guidelines offer library staff a blueprint for creating effective, welcoming spaces for teens in libraries and online using library websites and social media. The guidelines are available on the YALSA website, with a PDF version available for library staff to print and use during training sessions.
“Libraries can use these guidelines to develop a space that will support 21st century needs and interests and positive youth development,” said Katherine Trouern-Trend, chair of YALSA's teen space taskforce. “The guidelines are intended for all levels of staff working with young adults and present both in library and virtual space components to best engage young adults of all abilities. Just as with any other demographic, it is important to dedicate resources and space to young adults who are future adult library customers and learners.”
In addition to offering guidelines for physical teen spaces, the guidelines suggest best practices for virtual teen spaces and incorporating technology. The guidelines also include a list of model spaces, both physical and virtual, for libraries to consider and emulate.
The guidelines were created in 2011 -2012 by a YALSA task force with feedback from the library community achieved through a public comment period in the fall of 2011. Members of the task force were Katherine Trouern-Trend (chair), Audrey Sumser, Kathy Mahoney, Caroline Aversano, Samantha Marker and Kimberly Bolan Cullin. YALSA’s Board of Directors adopted the guidelines on May 24, 2012.
For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.