April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Dollars Invested in Teen Library Services Pay Off

IMLS logoThis new report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will provide the librarians working with teens the fuel they need to convince library stakeholders that dollars invested in teens are well spent. According to a 2011 Pew report, 72 percent of 16-17-year-olds used the public library in the previous year. As evidenced in the report, IMLS and others, such as the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program, are continuing to support programming and activities for teens and those who serve them in public libraries.

In a review of recently funded initiatives, it is clear that IMLS is collaborating with libraries on traditional and innovation-based programming ideas. Multnomah County Library (OR) received $118,354 in LSTA Grants to States funds as part of a two-year project to design a homework help tool for middle and high school students. A 2014 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program grant to the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma in the amount of $354,367 builds Let's Move logoon the results of IMLS-funded Learning Labs by investigating how 24 middle school students engaged in project-based STEM learning to create information in a school library Learning Lab/Makerspace.
IMLS also has partnered with the Let’s Move! national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food using interactive exhibits,outdoor spaces, gardens, and programs to create Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens. Read the report for inspiration and affirmation.
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Dodie Ownes left the glamorous world of retrospective conversion and disco to jump on the library vendor train. Since then, she has been learning at the feet of the masters about all things library. Dodie lives in Golden, Colorado, where even the sign which arches the main street says "Howdy."

Empowering Teens: Fostering the Next Generation of Advocates
Teens want to make a difference and become advocates for the things they care about. Librarians working with young people are in a unique position to help them make an impact on their communities and schools. Ignite your thinking and fuel these efforts at your library through this Library Journal online course—April 24 & May 8.