February 09, 2016

PPP: Children are Just Premature Adults: Serving Youth in the Library

Written by Deborah B. Ford

KidsToday I led a webcast for mostly public librarians in Jacksonville, Florida. We talked about 4 ways to serve youth in the library: developmental changes, librarian competency skills, customer service tips, and social media strategies.  From improving our circulation procedures to polishing our technology skills, we could all (school libraries included) use some reminders about how we can best serve our youth. What about you? What’s on your improvement plan? How can we best serve our youth?

Below are the webcast resources for each of the four components.

Areas of Development

40 Developmental Assets requires free sign up

Literacy Development

Intellectual Development

Librarian Competency Skills

So Many Books website

Great Websites for Kids

AASL’s Best Websites

AASL’s Best Apps

JLG @ Pinterest Technology

JLG @ Pinterest There’s an App for That

Customer Service Tips

ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth: Young Adults Deserve the Best

Everyday Advocacy

Social Media Strategies

JLG’s Booktalks to Go @ School Library Journal

Extra Helping Newsletter @ School Library Journal




JLG @ Pinterest

Blog Shelf Life


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Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K–12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG's Booktalks to Go @ SLJ. She also maintains an award-winning coordinating online resource at Contact her at Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.

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