Fundamentals of Children's Services, Second Edition

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Children's services are the heart of the library; in fact, more than one-third of U.S. library users are under the age of 12. Sullivan has updated and expanded his comprehensive reference, covering both innovative and standard practices in children's services. Fundamentals such as collection development and management, programming, homework support, and reference and readers' advisory are all thoroughly updated. In response to pervasive changes in the field, he also

  • Offers an expansive view of what it means to ensure that children are well-served in light of ongoing budgetary challenges
  • Shows how to collaborate effectively with parents, teachers, and administrators, and how to cooperate with schools
  • Gives techniques for using tools such as social media for marketing, outreach, and advocacy
  • Addresses the subject of children and e-books
  • Helps readers understand the importance of new cataloging trends, such as RDA: Resource Description and Access and RFID, and reference work in the digital age

Those studying to become children's librarians, experienced and new children's librarians, library administrators, and trustees alike will find Sullivan's book a definitive guide to the fundamentals of children's services.

  AcknowledgmentsPreface to the Second EditionPreface to the First EditionIntroduction Part I Children's Services and the Mission of the Library1 Where We Fit In2 Principles of Children's Librarianship3 Whom Do Children's Librarians Serve?4 Children's Services and the New Approaches to Public Libraries Part II The Collection5 The Collection Development Policy6 Purposes and Components7 Selection and Acquisition8 Organization and Cataloging9 Evaluation and Deselection/Weeding Part III Services10 A Space of Their Own11 After-School Services12 Reference in the Digital Age13 Readers' Advisory14 The Internet and Social Media Part IV Programming15 Story Hours16 Book Discussion Groups17 Booktalking18 Entertainment and Enrichment Programs19 Summer Reading Programs20 Family Programs and Family Literacy21 School Cooperation in an Age of Shortages22 Serving Special Audiences Part V Management, Administration, and Leadership23 Budget and Finance24 Planning25 Law, Policy, and Procedures26 Public Relations, Promotion, and Marketing27 Professional Development Conclusion 

Appendix A Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public LibrariesAppendix B Library Bill of RightsAppendix C Code of Ethics of the American Library Association


Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan is the author of Connecting Boys With Books (American Library Association, 2003), The Fundamentals of Children's Service (American Library Association, 2005), Connecting Boys With Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap (American Library Association, 2009), the Escapade Johnson series of children's books and the juvenile fantasy The Sapphire Knight (PublishingWorks, 2009). He has spoken widely on the topics of boys and reading, library administration, and the future of public libraries. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, MA. He has won a U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Award, the Mom's Choice Award for juvenile fiction, and was the 1998 New Hampshire Librarian of the Year. Sullivan earned his master's degree in library and information science from Simmons College.