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Sowing the Seeds of Praxis: Incorporating Youth Development Principles in a Library Teen Employment Program

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Title: Sowing the Seeds of Praxis: Incorporating Youth Development Principles in a Library Teen Employment Program
Author(s): Walter, Virginia A.
Subject(s): Library and information science School libraries Teenagers -- Employment -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Free Library of Philadelphia -- Officials and employees Libraries and teenagers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Abstract: The article summarizes the tradition of teen services in public libraries and discusses the more recent incorporation of youth development principles and practices into those services, with the Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development project being singled out as a major contributor to current thinking about this issue. The Free Library of Philadelphia’s LEAP program, with its after-school employment of Teen Leadership Assistants, is presented as a normative case study in the intentional design and implementation of a teen job program based on youth development principles. Based on the Free Library experience, the author suggests that public libraries can supplement the developmental value of schooling by considering youth development an integral aspect of any jobs in which teens are employed and that teen job programs be considered an integral component of teen library services.
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In Library Trends 58 (1) Summer 2009: 63-81.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/15296
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2009 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-09-01
 

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