YALSA's Public Library Evaluation Tool
In 2011, YALSA developed a tool for evaluating a public library’s overall level of success in providing services to teens, aged 12-18, with areas for evaluation derived from YALSA's Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth: Young Adults Deserve the Best.
Potential users of this tool include library administrators, library trustees, teen services librarians, and community members and job-seekers hoping to assess a library’s commitment to teen services. The tool is not intended to be an evaluation of an individual teen services librarian, but rather of an institution’s program; however, of necessity some things will apply specifically to teen services staff.
Not every element of the rubric will apply to every library situation, but the tool can serve as a place to begin the conversation about what constitutes excellent public library service for teens.