Managing Children's Services in Libraries
4th Edition
by Adele M. Fasick and Leslie Edmonds Holt
December 2012, 225pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-100-0
$55, £43, 48€, A76

Succeeding at school or children’s librarianship takes more than just zeal to work with young people and a passion for teaching. To serve today’s diverse child populations effectively under tough economic limitations, librarians and library assistants need solid management, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, and technological skills.

Providing guidelines for designing collections and services that best serve 21st-century needs in school and public libraries, this book helps librarians to understand today's children and the ways they interact with information and recreational materials.

Managing Children’s Services in Libraries, Fourth Edition is designed to give students and new library workers the skills they need to succeed as well as get experienced librarians up to speed on the new developments in technology, publishing, and education. The book takes a broad view of all aspects of library work with children, addressing the dramatic and ongoing changes in school and pubic libraries.

This latest edition of a popular, proven resource focuses on practical ways to organize library services to children and the adults who care for them, and on expanding services from the building level to the greater community. Sections focus specifically on collections, planning services, managing personnel and budgets, and working with other community agencies. The book is written to serve as a textbook for courses in services to children and young adults, and is appropriate for short workshops and in-service training for library staff. Administrators and department heads will find it a useful tool for designing and updating library services.

Adele M. Fasick, PhD, specializes in public library service to children and young adults. She taught at the library school at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and at the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), San Jose State University, CA. Her most recent publication is Libraries Unlimited's From Boardbook to Facebook: Library Services for Children in an Interactive Age. Fasick received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, a master's degree in library science from Columbia University, and a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.

Leslie Edmonds Holt, PhD, consults with libraries, schools, and child-serving agencies. She worked at the St. Louis Public Library as Director of Youth Services from 1990 through 2004. Holt is past president of the Association of Library Service for Children (ALSC) and has been active for many years in ALA, PLA, ALSC and other state and regional library associations. She is coauthor of Public Library Service to the Poor: Doing All We Can. Holt received her bachelor's degree from Cornell College, master's degree in library science from the University of Chicago, and doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago.


"Administrators, department heads, and professional development coordinators will find this book to be a useful teaching tool for designing and updating library services."—Library Media Connection, August 1, 2013

"Though it covers numerous topics related to children’s services, it does so effectively and concisely, making this an excellent resource for any library that serves children. It could help a library prepare to offer children’s services to get the ball rolling, but could also help libraries with these services to maintain and expand them. This title could also appear on the list of textbooks for classes discussing children’s services. Whether for a small library or part of a larger library system, this is a must-have resource."—VOYA, June 1, 2013
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