Serving Latino Teens (Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians Series)
127 pages • 6⅛ x 9¼
Year Published: 2012
This book discusses library services to Hispanic/Latino teens, highlighting best practices, examining relevant and responsive services and programs, and reframing existing approaches to serving this segment of the population.
One in every six people in the United Sates is Hispanic, with approximately 17.2 members of this population under the age of 18. Hispanics accounted for more than half the growth in this nation over the last decade. These numbers underscore the importance of providing relevant and responsive library services to this sizable and significant demographic group.
Latino teens within Generation Y or Generation Z are bilingual and bicultural. As such, these teenagers have varied characteristics that present unique conditions and challenges for librarians. Serving Latino Teens not only explains why providing targeted services to Latino teens is so critical, but it also shows librarians and teen providers exactly how to best reach this demographic.
Author Salvador Avila, a noted expert and popular lecturer on providing library services to Latino and Spanish speaking-communities, offers ideas and strategies that can be easily duplicated. Grounded in empirical evidence, this book presents what research has indicated is important to teens, Latinos in particular; demonstrates how to incorporate relevant literature into your services; and describes the cultural, social, economic, psychological, technological, and sexual characteristics of this emerging population. This title will be immensely helpful to public and school librarians as well as social services providers who work with Latino teens and soon-to-be teens ages 11 through 18.
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