Half Day Preconference

Emerging Adults in Our Libraries: Who are They and How Do We Find Them?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Colorado Convention Center, Room 505-507

The term emerging adults is a recently identified demographic in library services that encompasses ages 18-25 and can include up to age 30. The four librarians will present the findings from their national research, identifying service trends and gaps in delivery, and will also include best practices and ways to garner support from library administration for serving this population. Interactive activities and an action plan exercise will help attendees come away with concrete ideas for their own libraries.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Understand the diversity in young adults comprising the emerging adults populations 2: Understand what relevant and meaningful programming needs are for your community, offer justification of services for this population and connect to a network of librarians focused on serving this population 3: Know what a number of library systems across the country are doing to address the services and programming needs of this specific population

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

Tags: Adult Services, Hot Topics, Organizational Change, Popular Culture, Young Adult Services


Jessica Snow, Teen Services Team Leader, Central of the Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Jessi Snow is the Teen Services Team Leader, Central of the Boston Public Library. She has over 14 years of teen programming and teen services experience in public libraries. Jessi has also published articles and presented on her outreach work with youth in foster care and work with teens who are incarcerated.

Laura Liang, Children's Librarian
San Mateo County Library, Bronx, NY

Laura Liang is a Senior Librarian at the San Mateo County Library. She received her MSLIS in 2014 from Pratt Institute and holds a BA in Social Welfare with a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. Although new to the field of librarianship, she has been immensely involved in public libraries, their work and advocacy starting at a young age. Her interests include youth services, underserved populations and bridging the digital divide.

Vikki Terrile, Director of Community Library Services
Queens Library, Jamaica, NY

Vikki C. Terrile is a Director of Community Library Services for the Queens Library, responsible for nineteen community libraries. She holds an MSLS from Long Island University and MA in Urban Affairs from Queens College. Her research and service interests focus on library services to underserved populations. She writes and presents frequently on this work and continues to explore ways libraries can meet the needs of all members of their communities.

Julie Winkelstein, PhD, MLIS Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

Julie Ann Winkelstein was a public librarian for 20 years before entering a doctoral program in 2008. Her research interests include LGBTQ youth homelessness, as well as the general intersection of social justice and public librarianship. She is currently the postdoctoral researcher on an IMLS grant, and also adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has presented widely both inside and outside the library world on the topic of homelessness and libraries.

Tomas Meijia, Migrant Education Program State Director
Colorado Department of Education, ,

Clayton Gonzales,
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