Reference and information services are more important than ever for today’s young people. By analyzing key features of reference and information services to young people in school and public library environments, including the research behind the trends and issues, librarians can make sure that those services are appropriately responsive to children and teens. Based on standards and evidence-based practice, this book helps you to optimize those resources and services by:
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Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer, Professor at California State University (CSU) Long Beach, coordinates the Teacher Librarianship program, and was named as the university’s Outstanding Professor. She also manages the CSU ICT Literacy Project. She earned her M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in Adult Education from Temple University.
Dr. Farmer chaired the IFLA’s School Libraries Section, chairs the International Association of School Librarianship Information Literacy SIG, and is a Fulbright scholar. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, she won several honors, including American Library Association’s Phi Beta Mu Award for library education and the Ken Haycock Leadership Award, the Catholic Library Association St. Katharine Drexel Award, and the AASL Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Farmer’s research interests include school librarianship, information and media literacy, digital citizenship, and data analytics.
Chapter 1: Overview
Chapter 2: Sources of Information
Chapter 3: Developing Reference Collections
Chapter 4: Life Cycle of Reference Resources
Chapter 5: Access
Chapter 6: Information Behaviors
Chapter 7: Reference Interactions
Chapter 8: Curating Reference and Information Products
Chapter 9: Legal and Ethical Issues
Chapter 10: The Future of Reference for Children and Teens
Farmer applies research, professional principles, and theory to provide a sound roadmap to effective reference service for young people. Youth-related topics such as developmental theories, information behaviors of youth, cultural competence, and ethics contribute to a useful guide, particularly for librarians serving this population.
This practical guide features all the tips and tools needed for reference and instruction work in school libraries.
Farmer presents a dynamic, thoughtful discussion of the future of reference services for youth, contextualizing the topic within the mercurial nature of the historical times in which we are living during this Information Age. Pedagogically, youth-serving librarians and LIS faculty who teach in this area will find this text informative and insightful for expanding librarians’ theoretical perspectives and improving professional practices.