Navigating the Divide between Teens and Tweens

The role of the young adult services librarian and the school librarian is constantly changing and evolving. Increasingly, young adult and school librarians are being called upon to serve both teens and tweens. How can librarians navigate the divide between these age groups and meet their differing needs? 

Through this course, participants will learn how to evaluate their library’s population to determine who is using the library’s services and what they need. Participants will discover best practices in serving teens and tweens from school and public libraries in collections, space, programming, and marketing. By the end of this course participants will be able to complete an environmental scan, be familiar with local, state, and national standards for library services to tween and teens, and identify ways in which their library can improve its communication with and services to tweens and teens.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Become familiar with local, state, and national standards for service to tweens and teens
  2. Identify three areas for personal improvement based on standards observed
  3. Complete an environmental scan of your library
  4. Define two differences between tweens and teens
  5. Identify two methods to improve your library’s marketing to target tweens and teens.
  6. Identify two ways in which you could improve your methods of communication when interacting with teens of different ages
  7. Evaluate your current space in terms of local and national standards and identify two areas of improvement
  8. Evaluate your current collection development policy in terms of local and national standards and evaluate two areas of improvement.

Who Should Attend

Young adult librarians, school librarians, teachers, administrators, and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens.


Beth Gallaway


How to Register

Registration for this course is not presently available.


This course is accredited for 1 CEU. CEUs wll be awarded to students who successfully complete the course. 


Nicole Gibby Munguia, YALSA's program officer for continuing education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.


  • $155 YALSA members
  • $195 ALA members
  • $215 nonmembers
  • $155 students