Library Trends 37 (1) Summer 1988: Library Services to Youth: Preparing for the Future


Library Trends 37 (1) Summer 1988: Library Services to Youth: Preparing for the Future. Edited by Linda Waddle.

Young adult services were experiencing a period of vitality and growth when Library Trends published an issue on the subject in October 1968. For young adult specialists and their clients, it was a time of excitement and promise. Since that time, however, there has been a steady decline in public library staffing and resources for the twelve-to-eighteen-year old age group. The contributors in this issue address topics which are of vital importance to YA specialists and nonspecialists. Each author is a youth advocate which Dorothy Broderick defines as “a person who believes in creating the conditions under which young people can make decisions about their own lives (Broderick 1979).” The articles all reflect the authors’ empathy, understanding, and concern for the youth of our society.

There is every reason for youth-serving librarians and other youth advocates to feel a sense of urgency about the need for more and better library services to young adults. The library world must begin to plan and implement strategies now if they are going to be involved in a significant way in the development of an educated, well-informed citizenry of the future. It is time for another period of vitality and growth for young adult services. This time the commitment of all library professionals, not just young adult specialists, is urgently needed.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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