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Serving Latino Teens (Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians Series)
2/27/2012
Salvador Avila
Monday, February 27, 2012
by: Salvador Avila

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February Edition

Salvador Avila is a branch manager with the Las Vegas Clark County Library District in Nevada, where he has been the adult services coordinator, community outreach librarian, and reference librarian.

About Serving Latino Teens
This book, which is scheduled to be published on May 30, 2012, 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.
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
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 are 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 teen’s ages 11 through 18.
 
Highlights
• Provides guidelines that emphasize the importance of culture over language usage, particularly the English preference among all factions of the Latino community, especially teens;
• Empowers library staff to identify opportunities to improve services to this emerging and expanding segment of our community; and
•  Great source for professional working with teens to include social workers, teachers, and teen oriented programs.
 
Salvador Avila lectures at the local, state, and national level on library services to Latino and Spanish-speaking communities, and has been the recipient of the Críticas Librarian of the Year Award, Library Journal Movers & Shakers, and Latin Chamber of Commerce Award of Distinction in Culture. Avila earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Arizona, Tucson. His published works include Libraries Unlimited's Crash Course in Serving Spanish Speakers.

 
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