Teenagers Reading

research for my PhD thesis

More on my Library Review article

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When I wrote my last post about my Library Review article Enticing teenagers into the library I thought it would be available online for all to read from espace@Curtin, but it still isn’t. Hopefully it will be sometime in May, but in the meantime, you can download it here.

When I first started working in a public library I saw all the programs there were for babies, pre-school age children, primary school age children, adults, and seniors and wondered why there weren’t any for teenagers. I asked if I could organize some. When given the go ahead I eagerly planned sessions on local music and graffiti. Then I discovered how hard it is to get teenagers to walk into a public library, no matter how relevant and entertaining your event is. If you have any comments on what I wrote in my article, please tell me.

Citation

Snowball, Clare (2008) “Enticing teenagers into the library” Library Review, vol.57, no.1. pp.25-35.

Abstract

Purpose: Children and teenagers are the future adult users of libraries, and how they are treated in our libraries, particularly school and public libraries, can cement lifelong memories and habits in these young people. This paper aims to address this issue.
Design/methodology/approach: The following paper is a review of the literature on young people’s, particularly teenagers’ use (or lack thereof) of libraries, the importance of library use and methods to encourage library use in young people.
Findings: Despite the findings from some of the literature that teenagers are less likely to visit libraries, there were many services and programmes in libraries that aim to reverse this trend.
Research limitations/implications: Some of the literature is peer-reviewed, but selected pieces were written by librarians in the field about their interactions with young people in their libraries. Although the latter cannot be generalised to all young people, they are important in providing examples of what occurs in some cases and what might be replicated in other settings.
Originality/value: Encouraging young people to visit and enjoy libraries can be a rewarding experience and is important in creating the next generation of library users.
Keywords: Adolescents, Youth, Public libraries, School libraries
Paper type: General review

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Written by ClareSnow

30 April 2008 at 11:10 am

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