Teen library internships are becoming increasingly common in both school and public libraries.
Librarians seeking guidance on how to launch or grow their teen internships will find help in this practical handbook. They will discover:
By providing this new way of encouraging youth participation, libraries can help teens to meaningfully develop knowledge and skills for their futures while encouraging them to become dedicated library users and supporters into adulthood.
A former English teacher and high school drama director/coach, Diane P. Tuccillo earned her MLS degree from Rutgers University in 1980. After serving as young adult librarian at the Rutherford (NJ) Public Library and the Reading (MA) Public Library, she became the long-time young adult coordinator at the City of Mesa Library in Arizona where she led a dynamic, nationally-known library teen advisory group for 27 years. Most recently, she was teen services librarian at the Poudre River Public Library District in Fort Collins, Colorado from 2007 until 2017 where she coadvised a vibrant interesting reader society teen advisory group.
Tuccillo has been actively involved in and has received awards from several professional organizations, including the Young Adult Library Services Association, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Arizona Library Association; has been a book reviewer and article contributor for professional journals such as School Library Journal and Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) magazine; and has contributed to books such as Nilsen & Donelson’s classic Literature for Today’s Young Adults. She has been a regular and an Emeritus member of the VOYA advisory board and has written many articles for that publication. Her second book, Teen-Centered Library Service: Putting Youth Participation into Practice, was published by Libraries Unlimited in 2010, her third book, the completely revised and updated second edition of Library Teen Advisory Groups (the first edition published by Scarecrow in 2005; the 2018 2nd edition published by Rowman & Littlefield). Her 4th book is Totally Tweens & Teens: Youth-Created and Youth-
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List of Appendixes
Chapter 1: Teaching Teens about Real-World Job Skills through Internships
Chapter 2: Why Have Teen Library Internship Opportunities?
Chapter 3: Developing Teen Library Internships
Chapter 4: A Close Look at Public Library Teen Library Internships
Chapter 5: Unique Internship Experiences at Schools, Universities, Public and Special Libraries, and through Partnerships
Chapter 6: The Importance of Feedback, Evaluations, and a Positive Internship Conclusion Process
Chapter 7: Dealing with Teen Library Internships When the Library Must Be Closed
Appendix A Rancho Cucamonga Public Library Summer Teen Volunteer Internship Application
Appendix B Sonoma County Library Application: PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative Program
Appendix C Teen Library Intern Feedback Form
Appendix D Teen Library Intern Timesheet and Task Record
Appendix E West Custer County Library Teen Summer Internship Job Description
Selected Bibliography and Webliography
About the Author
This newest addition to The Teen Librarian Bookshelf talks about getting real, as in real-world, career-oriented internships. After providing insightful background information on the many ways teen internships benefit both young adults and potential employers (and giving practitioners ammunition to bolster proposals to administrators and library boards) this helpful manual gets right to work. Detailed, step-by-step directions are given for every aspect of internships, from determining goals to creating applications, wooing applicants, interviewing, writing manuals, and providing orientation, training, evaluation, and appreciation (or, conversely, termination). There are individual profiles of over two dozen successful teen internship programs from various types of libraries, along with reproducible forms and feedback from both librarians and teens. The book goes far beyond tasks and activities, and readers will find useful tips for starting new initiatives or updating and expanding existing opportunities. This inspiring, comprehensive, and above all empathetic introduction to teen library internships will enhance professional collections and help libraries improve young adult programs in general.
Tuccillo’s Teen Library Internship Handbook inverts conventional views of YA volunteer contributions for libraries into a wide range of highly valuable program offerings for YAs. It excavates new opportunities in which YAs become familiar with direct public service and builds social capital with young people in a rapidly changing world of work.
Tucillo's in-depth look at internships for teens is an essential tool for library staff who want to start an internship program at their public library. She provides the reasons behind why this is so important to teen development and the examples of how to get a program up and running at your library. Highly recommended.