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California young adult goldrush sets new national standard
Public Library Quarterly (2008)
  • Anthony Bernier, San Jose State University
Drawing an analogy to one of California's great historic booms, this article begins with the question, "What is happening in California's young adult (YA) library services?" The answer is a plethora of exciting new teen resource enhancements, including new dedicated YA specialist positions, space design innovations, enhanced in-service training capacity, increased national leadership, supportive administrations, and a dramatic increase in YA instructional offerings in library school programs. Taken together, these myriad changes have brought a "California YA Gold Rush" that has heightened expectations for YA services across the state, delivered dramatic service outcomes, and carved out a new Gold Standard for professional YA services for the whole nation. In the process, young adults have been transformed into California libraries' new "gold minors"!
Publication Date
Summer 2008
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Citation Information
Anthony Bernier. "California young adult goldrush sets new national standard" Public Library Quarterly Vol. 27 Iss. 3 (2008) p. 202 - 222 ISSN: 0161-6846
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