The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has published “National Teen Space Guidelines,” a set of standards for creating quality public library spaces for teens. The guidelines are based on the following nine points:
- Solicit teen feedback and input in the design and creation of the teen space.
- Provide a library environment that encourages emotional, social, intellectual development of teens.
- Provide a library space for teens that reflects the community in which they live.
- Provide and promote materials that support the educational and leisure needs of teens.
- Ensure the teen space has appropriate acceptable use and age policies to make teens feel welcome and safe.
- Provide furniture and technology that is practical yet adaptive.
- Ensure content, access and use is flexible and adaptive.
- Ensure the virtual space reflects 21st century learning standards.
- Provide digital resources for teens that meet their unique and specific needs.
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