Young Adult and Children’s Services at UCLA

Happy Halloween! October 31, 2012

One of the best parts of being a youth services librarian is the ability to celebrate Halloween with the kiddos.


Whether you’re dressing in costume, making halloween crafts, or handing out candy, it’s a great time to engage young folks in library activities and services. YACS loves to bring ideas to the table, so here’s what we tried this year: Spooky Lollipops! This year we sold our Halloween Pops for .50 cents each, as a fundraiser for our friends, Books Beyond Bars. With the money earned, we’ll be purchasing books for the Nidorf Juvenile Hall Library! This craft is really easy, and with a little prep on supplies, young children through older teens can participate! Flush out the vampire model from the link above with Frankenstein or Ghost versions, or create your own! Tip: We used carmel apple pops for the square shape of Frankenstein’s skull.


Jeanie Austin in front of Books Beyond Bars collection of donations at the GSEIS building. Thank you Jeanie!

On Monday, YACS, Books Beyond Bars, and ALA’s Student Chapter at UCLA hosted Jeanie Austin, a PhD from U. Illinois.

She talked to us about her experiences working as a librarian in juvenile detention centers, and the importance of providing open access for marginalized youth. With little sustainable funding, librarians must continually gather community support in order to provide quality library and information services for incarcerated youth. Worth noting, is some centers will design programs to facilitate a youth’s rehabilitation into society as a positive and productive individual. Others are more focused on punishment for a crime or behavior, and therefore will be more restrictive in available library services. If one intends to work with a juvenile detention facility, every community is different and every system has its own set of rules and expectations that a librarian will have to navigate. Sometimes personal opinion must be suppressed in order to successfully communicate to youth, or provide positive materials for youth, through restrictive administrations and institutional policies.

In other news: the teens have chosen their favorites! Check out YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten list of 2012.

Also, YALSA hosts their annual YA Literature Symposium beginning November 2nd, where they’ll be discussing the Next Big Thing in YA Lit. Read various opinions on the future of YA Lit on YALSA’s blog The Hub: Your connection to Teen Reads



Happy Halloween: A Youth Librarian’s favorite time of year!


Juvenile Detention Center Librarianship Speaker! October 24, 2012

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YACS, Books Beyond Bars, and ALA’s Student Chapter of UCLA presents:

Who has a say? Power structures and their effect on juvenile detention center librarianship. 

With Guest Speaker Jeanie Austin 

Monday, October 29th

GSEIS Room 111, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Jeanie Austin is a GSLIS PhD student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and project coordinator of Mix IT Up! Jeanie’s research interests include power of and access to information and information sharing in radical political movements. Jeanie has been a juvenile detention center librarian since Fall of 2009. In 2010 the GSLIS faculty awarded Jeanie the Social Justice Award for her commitment to fight poverty, hunger, and injustice.


Check out her paper “Critical Issues in Juvenile Detention Centers” in YALSA’s Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults.


Don’t forget to visit our friends at Books Beyond Bars on Facebook! Learn more about volunteering for this awesome organization, or donate books for Juvenile Detention centers in LA!


YACS brushes shoulders with great YA authors!

YACS has been busy with the start of a new quarter and great YA events throughout L.A.

First off, UCLA’s own Lisa M. Stasse gave a reading on October 17th of her new YA novel The ForsakenCongratulations to our local author!

YACS President Irene with Lisa M. Stasse

The Santa Monica Public Library celebrated Teen Read Week with three great authors: Libba Bray (Sun. Oct. 14th), David Levithan, and Rachel Cohn (Sun. Oct. 21). All three authors gave insight into the realm of YA publishing – how their writing has been influenced by the times and popular themes, including dystopia and science fiction. Further, each author has made themselves approachable through various social media outlets, and they each commented on the importance of communication with their readers. Check out the spooky book trailer for Bray’s The Diviners here!


YACS members with Rachel Cohn (3rd from Left) and David Levithan (5th from left) @ SMPL


YACS begins for 2012-13

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We have had an eventful start for YACS this year (events post forthcoming), if a little slow on the blogging up-take. The group has been finalized and our officers are currently brainstorming some great programs for the year to support our Youth Services curriculum.


President: Irene Zapata
Vice President: Xuemin Zhong
Secretary: Jenna Jaureguy
Treasurer: Daniella Aquino
Publicity: Amanda Cheung
Webmaster: Maggie Gilmore & Jac Sanchez


Further, our YACS Faculty Advisor, Dr. Loretta Gaffney, has officially joined the UCLA GSEIS Faculty – Congratulations to that hard working lady!


YACS is on Facebook, and Twitter, and we have a website. Follow one, follow all to stay posted on all things relating to Youth Services events, opportunities, and practices through UCLA’s MLIS superheroes.



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