Northeast Ohio Regional Library System - Event Information
What are they thinking? Teen behavior in Your Library
We work hard to plan services to attract teens, but there are times when teen behavior can make us stop to wonder what’s going on inside their head. Most people can see that teens are growing at a fast pace, but forget that their brains have more work to be done. The key to successful teen services is understanding this while creating a welcoming and understanding environment in which teens can thrive.
Understand teen brain development in relation to decision-making and behavioral tendencies
Identify common characteristics of teen behaviors that a library staff member may encounter
Plan/develop appropriate responses and services so that teens can feel comfortable in the library environment
Mary Anne Nichols is a Senior Lecturer at the Kent State University School of Information. She teaches and advises students in the area of teen services, public libraries and marketing/management. She began her career in libraries many years ago as a high school student assistant and then as a library paraprofessional. She then earned her MLS from Kent State University and worked as a librarian serving youth and teens. She has published articles and two books on teens and libraries, Young Adults and Public Libraries: A Handbook of Materials and Services and Merchandising Library Materials to Young Adults, both from Libraries Unlimited/ABC Clio. Mary Anne is an active member of the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association where she has served on both book selection and process committees. She is also a member of the Ohio Library Council, having served as the Coordinator of the Young Adult Services Division. Other activities/memberships include the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, the board of the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth and the Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography selection committee. She is also the series editor for the Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians from ABC-Clio.