Surveying the state of children’s library services

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NEWS


For Immediate Release


September 29, 2009

CHICAGO –
ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “
Twenty-First-Century Kids, Twenty-First-Century Librarians,” by Virginia A. Walter. Inspired by a new generation of librarians and children, Walter reconsiders the legacy passed on by the matriarchs of children’s services and examines more recent trends and challenges growing out of changes in educational philosophy and information technology. This thoroughly researched book includes the current issues and trends of

  • Outcome-based planning
  • Early literacy
  • Homework centers in libraries
  • Children’s spaces

With extensive experience in children’s services as well as library instruction issues, Walter brings readers vital information on the current state of library services to children.

Virginia A. Walter holds a bachelor’s in world literature, an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California. Before joining the faculty in what is now the Information Studies Department at UCLA in 1990, she had worked for more than 20 years in public libraries, most recently as children’s services coordinator at Los Angeles Public Library. She retired in June 2008 with the rank of professor emerita. She is the author of two books for young people, nine monographs and more than 35 articles in scholarly and professional journals.

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