Library provision for teenagers

Extremely popular training to examine strategies to improve and enhance library services to teenagers.

Anne has extensive experience of providing courses on this subject, for local authorities, for regional organisations and for national bodies in the UK and beyond. She always adapts her training to local circumstances and requirements.

Her courses on working with teenagers are suitable for public, school and further education library staff, and as cross-sector training.

Topics explored include:

  • teenagers’ needs and expectations
  • the strengths and weaknesses of current teenage provision
  • meeting teenagers’ needs effectively and supportively
  • communication and behaviour
  • methods for encouraging library use
  • appropriate resources and how to exploit them effectively
  • national initiatives and legislation
  • implications for policy and practice

The training is backed up by a comprehensive set of handouts.

Anne also provides cross-sector training on working with teenagers for practitioners in libraries, museums, archives and other cultural and heritage organisations.

What people say about this training

The staff really enjoyed your course and the feedback at this end has been overwhelmingly positive. They’re all fired up with great ideas and new activities to do!

A great deal of practical ideas to take back to area libraries, YA consultation, display ideas, marketing and activity ideas - lots to enthuse.

Reminded me of how it felt to be a teenager and what would have been of use to me.

Educational, informative and engaging. Friendly and sociable without fear of expressing your ideas.

Given lots of ideas to me and very helpful information prior to starting our teenage reading group.

It will help me to focus on looking at things from the teenage users’ point of view.

Really enjoyable and relevant course. Have taken on board lots of new ideas and am feeling very positive, enthusiastic and eager to start putting into practice.

Simply excellent! Lots of ideas shared in a relaxed environment which was very inspirational.

The course trainer was really knowledgeable and had lots of interesting ideas and comments to share.

Positive vibe about working with teenagers, and lots of great ideas and links to follow up. Course teacher was flexible and enthusiastic.

Viral communication was a new idea to me. Going to contact coordinators in local secondary schools and suggest a competition to create best YouTube video promoting library.

Great ideas. Inspired to start library events for teenagers.

A very good course - really got me thinking about new ways to engage with teenagers.

Learnt a lot today. The first thing I will do is try and find out what teenagers are interested in and consult them and see how they want to be involved in developing their space and find out what types of events and activities they would like.

Fantastic course: great insight into teens and reading, lively discussions, really enjoyed all elements of the day.