Sex, Brains, and Video Games, Second Edition: Information and Inspiration for Youth Services Librarians

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How do we break through and truly reach our young adult patrons? It begins with understanding them. Librarians who work with teens need information and a big-picture perspective on adolescence that reflects the latest knowledge of cognate fields and the contemporary realities of young people's lives. In this greatly revised and updated edition of her popular guide Burek Pierce provides exactly that, selecting and synthesizing emerging information from multiple fields of research to effectively support librarians' work with teens. Far-reaching but pragmatic, this book

  • discusses such important topics as identity and community, sex and sexualities, what experts can tell us about the adolescent brain, and how teens use technology to mediate the world;
  • replaces outdated developmental theories that have been discarded in their home fields but are still sometimes used in the LIS world;
  • looks at how to blend what research tells us about teens with day-to-day work in libraries;
  • reflects new norms of professional practice, such as the increased importance of community
  • engagement and partnerships, offering librarians a path towards cooperation and collaboration with peers outside the library world; and
  • includes a bibliography of essential reading for YA librarians.

Educators and practitioners, as well as students preparing to enter the field, will all benefit from this compact overview of contemporary research on adolescence.


Chapter One    The New Adolescence
Chapter Two    Identity and Community
Chapter Three    Sex and Sexualities
Chapter Four    Changing Minds
Chapter Five    Mediating the World
Chapter Six    Working with Teens in Libraries


Appendix A    Leading and Managing Youth Services
Appendix B    Essential Reading for Young Adult Librarians


Jennifer Burek Pierce

Jennifer Burek Pierce is associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. She has worked in youth services both in Arlington County Public Library (Virginia) and in the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado. Most recently, she authored a chapter on the readership of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and the Vlogbrothers fandom for the forthcoming Edinburgh History of Reading (Hammond and Rose, eds.). She created the "Youth Matters" column and contributed to American Libraries for more than a decade. She was awarded the 2018 Donald G. Davis Article Award by the Library History Round Table (LHRT) for her article “The Reign of Children: The Role of Games and Toys in American Public Libraries, 1877-1925,” published in Information & Culture.

”This resource is a good choice for those who serve teens, but who may not fully understand them."

”This revised and expanded second edition is a fresh examination of current research on adolescence, reading almost like an entirely new book ... It presents information for librarians to use as they come to their own conclusions about what teens need and want from their library."
— School Library Journal

”This book is a great way for young adult librarians to catch up on the latest research and familiarize themselves with current teen culture."
— Reference & User Services Quarterly