Posted in Separate spaces?

Is a separate tween space right for your library?

Felde_Maryland-kids-300x225

When considering if your public library can benefit from a tween space:

  • Conduct a community analysis and a needs assessment
  • Analyze circulation statistics of tween-appropriate books and magazines
  • Ask tweens questions
  • Observe their use of the library
  • Participate in formal research studies
  • Create a Tween Advisory Board
  • Consult other librarians

References:

Disher, W. (2014). Crash course in collection development. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Faris, C. (2009). Betwixt and between: Tweens in the library. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, 7(1), 43-45. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=40507767&site=ehost-live

Goforth Gregory, J. (2015). Stuck in the middle. American Libraries, 46(5), 42-45. Retrieved From http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=102654430&site=ehost-live

Marshall, Sherry. (2014, April 19). Tiverton Public Library tween collection development . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg2f3Jir9pg

Meyers, E. M., Fisher, K. E., & Marcoux, E. (2009). Making sense of an information world: The everyday-life information behavior of preteens. Library Quarterly, 79(3), 301-341. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=43205389&site=ehost-live

Moss Struckmeyer, Amanda. (2012). Reaching tweens. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, 10(2), 36-38. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=79201332&site=ehost-live

WITTEVEEN, A. (2015). What do tweens want? School Library Journal, 61(10), 30-32. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=110090318&site=ehost-live

Image retrieved from http://www.slj.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Felde_Maryland-kids-300×225.jpg

Posted in Separate spaces?

Why tweens SHOULD have separate spaces in public libraries

tweens-bannerTweens can benefit from having a designated space just for them in public libraries because:

  • Tweens (typically defines as age 8-12) have information needs and interests that are unique from other age ranges.
  • They’re too old for the children’s area but not old enough for the teen area.
  • Their needs are often overlooked by libraries, who focus on younger and older children.
  • Promote lifelong library user populations by providing services from childhood through adulthood, rather than having a gap in services for this age range.
  • Engage parents who bring tweens to programs just for them.
  • Demonstrate to public officials and educators the library’s value in serving this population.

References:

Bean Thompson, Sarah. (2014). Don’t forget the tweens. Retrieved from http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2014/01/dont-forget-the-tweens/

Goforth Gregory, J. (2015). Stuck in the middle. American Libraries, 46(5), 42-45. Retrieved From http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=102654430&site=ehost-live

Meyers, E. M., Fisher, K. E., & Marcoux, E. (2009). Making sense of an information world: The everyday-life information behavior of preteens. Library Quarterly, 79(3), 301-341. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=43205389&site=ehost-live

Moss Struckmeyer, Amanda. (2012). Reaching tweens. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, 10(2), 36-38. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=79201332&site=ehost-live

PISARSKI, A. Y. (2014). Finding a place for the tween. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, 12(3), 13-16. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=98051849&site=ehost-live

WITTEVEEN, A. (2015). What do tweens want? School Library Journal, 61(10), 30-32. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=110090318&site=ehost-live

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). (2016a). About YALSA. Retrieved from

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa

Image retrieved from http://www.orilliapubliclibrary.ca/en/inc/resources/tweens-banner.jpg

Posted in Separate spaces?

Why tweens should NOT have separate spaces in public libraries

TA67341MED

 

 

 

A variety of concerns have been raised about having separate spaces for tweens in public libraries:

  • Is there actually a need for a separate tween space?
  • Space limitations might not provide for a separate tween space.
  • Staff will need to be reassigned from other duties, or additional staff will need to be hired.
  • Expenses related to creating a new space, such as purchasing furniture and technology, adding to the middle grade book collection, programming costs, and staffing.
  • Children’s and teen spaces already exist in many libraries, and carving out additional areas for target populations might reduce the space available for all patrons to use.
  • Separate spaces might imply to children that they are not welcome to use materials in the areas designated for children or young adults outside of their age range.
  • Tween’s preferences change so frequently that it is difficult for staff to know what to provide and have concerns that offerings in a tween area may become quickly outdated.

References:

Anjackson. Is there a need for distinct tween materials, sections, services, statistics? [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://anjackson.net/zombse/062013%20Libraries%20&%20Information%20Science/static/questions/403.html

 

Goforth Gregory, J. (2015). Stuck in the middle. American Libraries, 46(5), 42-45. Retrieved

From http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=102654430&site=ehost-live

 

Kropp, Lisa. (2016a). Tween spaces – wants or needs? Retrieved from

http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2016/06/tween-spaces-wants-needs/

 

Watkins, Ally. (2016, March 29). On tween programming. Retrieved from

http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2016/03/on-tween-programming/

 

Image retrieved from http://www.trendenterprises.com/images/productmedium/TA67341MED.jpg