Best practices for urban teens in the library

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For Immediate Release

February 9, 2010

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “
Urban Teens in the Library: Research and Practice,” edited by Denise E. Agosto, Ph.D. and Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D. Authored by experts in the information habits and preferences of urban teens, with proven records of building better and more effective school and public library programs, this book offers solutions for any concerns and uncertainty librarians may face when supporting this group of patrons and students. Using research and first-hand experience, the contributors show readers

  • The importance of moving beyond stereotypes and revamping library services
  • The value of street lit and social networking
  • How a library Web site can meet the information needs of teens
  • Examples of outreach, such as writing instruction programs

Agosto is an associate professor in the College of Information Science & Technology at Drexel University and has published dozens of articles and book chapters on this subject. She has received numerous awards for her research and teaching, including the 2007 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, the Drexel University 2007 Outstanding Contribution to Online Learning Award and a number of funded research grants and fellowships. She serves on the editorial boards of
Library & Information Science Research,
Children's Literature in Education, and
The Journal of Information Technology Education (JITE).

Hughes-Hassell is an associate professor and Director of the School Library Media Program in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her most recent edited volume, “School Reform and the School Library Media Specialist: Principles and Practices” (with Violet H. Harada) was named the most important school library book of 2007 by
Teacher Librarian. Recent journal publications include articles in
Library & Information Science Research,
School Library Media Research,
Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and
Knowledge Quest.

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