Reference Sources and Services for Youth, Second Edition

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The challenge for K-12 library media specialists, teachers, and youth services librarians alike is how and where to direct students so they spend time on productive research rather than shallow online searches. This trusted resource points the way, and now Harper has updated and revised her book to make it even more useful as a text for LIS instruction. This book demonstrates how to teach and support students as they learn to access, evaluate, and use print and electronic information successfully. Loaded with skill-based exercises and case study scenarios, it

  • covers developmentally appropriate sources for elementary, middle school, and high school aged youth, with guidance on developing a core collection;
  • examines how today’s students look for information and points out ways to capitalize on this behavior;
  • addresses information literacy, including an overview of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and other key standards;
  • delves deeply into important topics like reference interview techniques, ethical considerations, government resources for youth, facility design, marketing, and copyright due diligence;
  • expands its discussion of homework centers, offering guidance on how to work effectively with all kinds of students, including those with special needs;
  • explains Universal Design concepts, suggesting tools for increasing accessibility; and
  • guides readers through the process of evaluation, from the reference space to the website.

This text lays the groundwork for excellent reference skills, providing insights into supporting student research in school and young adult library settings.

Meghan Harper

Christina H. Dorr

Christina H. Dorr, PhD, is a retired school librarian of 30+ years. She has also taught literature, literacy, technology, and library science courses for the past 17 years as an adjunct instructor for five universities in Ohio, including Kent State University and the Ohio State University, where she had earned a doctorate in education with a specialty in literature and literacy. Dorr has written book reviews, columns, articles, and interviews for various journals for many years, presented at numerous state and national organizations, and served on several book award committees for the American Library Association, most recently as a member of the 2020 Caldecott Committee. Profiles in Resilience: Books for Children and Teens That Center the Lived Experience of Generational Poverty is her third book, the first two being co-authored with Liz Deskins; the second one was LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All, with a second edition planned soon. She is also co-editing the second edition of Reference Sources and Services for Youth with Dr. Meghan Harper, also being released through ALA Editions.