No, Shush! Librarians Widen Youth Work Role: Libraries and Young Adults

Tim Burke
November 1, 1996

In a typical week, 23 percent of library users are young adults — the preferred term within libraries and referring generally to 12- to 18-year-olds. Another 37 percent are children. Other factoids:

  • 52 percent of public libraries employ a librarian trained to serve children.
  • 37 percent have a youth or young adult specialist.
  • 11 percent do not have an young adult collection.
  • 17 percent share on-line resources with schools.
  • 3 percent work occasionally or frequently with youth organizations.
  • 4 percent work with home-less shelters.
  • 3 percent work with detention centers. Co-operation with outside organizations was very heavily associated with the presence a young adult specialist.

(Abstracted from "Services and Resources for Children and Young Adults in Public Libraries," National Center for Education Statistics, August 1995.)


Burke, Tim. "(No, Shush!) Librarians Widen Youth Work Role: Libraries and Young Adults."Youth Today, November/December 1996, p. 28.

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