YA Spaces of Your Dreams Submission Form

Thank you for submitting your YA dream space to VOYA. We will contact you when your article will be scheduled for publication.

Copy the following questionnaire into a Word document and complete. Attach to an email with the subject line “YA Spaces” and email to rhonnold@voyamagazine.com.

You are contributing to the development of future YA space libraries by offering your experience to colleagues and MLS students through this article.


  • What is the location of the YA area within the library/school? What areas is it adjacent to?
  • What is the size of the YA area in square feet?
  • What is the shape of the YA area?
  • Give a description of the layout (for example: separate room; own entrance; zones, such as lounge area, program area, staff work space, quiet study).
  • What are the views from YA space?
  • Briefly describe the YA space décor (for example: color scheme, windows, walls, posters, signs, displays).
  • Does the library utilize bookshelves and walls to market or “merchandize” the collection? How?
  • Does the library currently have a written plan or schedule for regularly “refreshing” or “renewing” the YA space décor?
  • What are the unique attributes of your YA area?


  • How did the library make final furniture decisions? (for example: library staff/administration, architect or designer, youth focus group)
  • Describe the different kinds and numbers of writing/work surfaces in the YA space. (for example: computer work stations, standard open tables, high counters, study carrels)
  • Describe the different kinds and numbers of seating options: (for example: computer work stations, chair/table sets, high or adjustable stools, couches, lounge chairs, ottomans, seating risers or platforms, bean bags)
  • Does library allow/facilitate teens to move furniture around to form different configurations?
  • Estimate the seating capacity of the YA space. (for example: 1-5, 5-10, 10-20, over 20)
  • Describe the types of shelving; include total linear feet. (for example: existing built-in/permanent  shelving, new permanent shelving, free-standing units, movable shelving units, on casters)
  • Describe the presence of technology and opportunities for connectivity. (for example: catalog,  computers, gaming consoles, printers, word processing, Internet – filtered/not filtered, 3-D printer, social media, connectivity speed/bandwidth,  wired/wireless options, listening/video stations, computer games, wall projectors, self-check machines,  number of power outlets)


  • Types of materials and number of each in the YA space (underline all that apply): YA fiction    databases various e-media              Picture books for YAs    Adult books for teens    Nonfiction    Comics/Graphic novels    CD-ROMs/software/computer games (in-house/checkout?) Audio books    Videos    Music Reference College/Careers    Paperbacks    Hardcovers      Recreational reading   Curriculum Support/Homework Help  Magazines        Board games    Zines   Other (describe)
  • How are the materials arranged? (for example: Dewey/LC, subject/genre sections, special collections)
  • What materials for teens are housed elsewhere in the library?
  • Give recent YA circulation figures.


  • Give a thumbnail sketch of the community served by this library (include total population, ethnic diversity, urban/suburban/rural neighborhood, economics, etc.).
  • Give the YA population profile in the library’s service area.
  • “We serve a total of ______ students in ___ middle/junior high (circle which) schools, and ___ high schools.” Add any special school characteristics.
  • How would you characterize the library’s general vision of local young adults? (for example: Teens are in trouble or “at-risk,” good or challenged “students,” developing as future community assets, entrepreneurs, citizens, activists)


  • What hours is the YA area open?
  • Are the open hours different than rest of the library building? Explain.
  • How many teen users are in the YA area after school? Weekends?
  • What is the age range of teens (and others) who use YA area?


  • List job titles and number of staff members assigned to YA area; specify full- and part-time.
  • To which supervisory or administrative position does the ranking YA staff member in this YA space report?
  • Does the library provide enhanced training for para-professional, shelving staff, or young adults to participate in the space’s curation, collection marketing, or merchandizing?


  • When did the library building open? When was the renovation that included the YA space? What were the grand opening festivities?
  • What development at the library prompted this new concentration on the YA space?  (for example, new YA specialist librarian, new YA coordinator, a new library director, an active teen advisory group, the library Friends, the library foundation, part of library’s strategic plan)
  • Describe the official design planning process steps. (for example: starting/ending dates to opening, key staff positions and stakeholders involved, what staff position led and facilitated meetings, use of consultants or other professionals; who made most decisions, which administrative position was ultimately responsible. for example: library director, principal, library board)
  • What preparation or information resources did staff engage to prepare for design process?  (for example: reviewing VOYA issues, examining books on library YA spaces, attending conference talks or workshops, visiting libraries or contacting colleagues with YA spaces, reading blogs for YA space tips . . . be as specific as possible) Of these information resources which proved the most useful and why?
  • What new training did the library offer staff as the new space was created? Which staff positions were included? Were library security staff added?
  • What pre-YA space metrics were recorded? (for example: collection size, circulation stats, program attendance, teen advisory group participation, seating capacity)
  • What post-YA space opening metrics were taken?
  • What evaluation steps did the library take to assess the degree of success the new space achieves? (for example: a YA survey, focus group, discussion with the library’s Teen Advisory Group, or discussion with library staff six months after opening)


  • How were youth planning participants recruited, selected, recognized, compensated?
  • Characterize the formal role youth played in the planning process. (for example: participated in major meetings with planning staff, contributed to process through YA staff via teen advisory group, participated individually via on-line resources like blog or Twitter, none, other – please be as specific as possible)
  • What preparation were YA planning process participants offered? (for example: reviewing VOYA issues, examining books on library YA spaces, information presentation/s by architect/designer/library administration, visiting libraries with YA spaces, surveys, reading blogs for YA space tips, none . . . be as specific as possible)
  • How was YA participation evaluated? (for example: a survey, a focus group, informal discussion, no evaluation).


  • What recommendations would you make to a YA librarian just starting a process to upgrade their library’s YA space?
  • What is the most important improvement for YA service enacted with the new space?
  • What, if any, major differences of opinion surfaced between staff and YAs during in the planning process: (for example: proximity to/from children’s area, signage, furniture choices, etc.)
  • Complete this sentence: “From what I know now, were I to start this project today I would…”
  • Complete this sentence: “The aspect of this space about which I’m most proud is…”
  • Complete this sentence: “I still hope to…” (future improvements)


  • What do the teens have to say about the old/new space? Include the names and ages of the teens.


  • Library/School name
  • Submitted by (name, job title)
  • Name of YA area
  • If you are not the librarian in charge of this space, please include that librarian’s name, phone, fax, and e-mail.
  • Library/School mailing address
  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • e-mail


  • All submissions must include illustrations. Please send four or more high-resolution digital photos showing the featured YA space from various angles. Additional images (such as floor plans and architect’s drawings, flyers and brochures) are also desirable.
  • All photos must credit the photographer’s full name. Captions for images must accompany each e-mailed photo file in the body of the message.
  • Please request a signed release form from parent/guardians if using minors (under age 18).
  • Additional photos and video clips of your YA Space will be added to the Digital VOYA version of your article.