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YA Strike Zone February 2017

Reviving “Rubin” Anthony Bernier At a time when many make self-satisfied gestures at the notion of “alternative facts” that it looks like we’ll be living with for the next four years, I’d like to point out that we’ve come to... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone December 2016

YALSA’s Cynical Heart: Reproducing the Adultist Agenda Anthony Bernier American Library Association’s (ALA) recent dog-piling on young people for their incapacity to discern “fake news” got me thinking. In its 22 November issue of ALA Direct, that “tightly curated” e-newsletter,... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone October 2016

Flaming Youth has Become a Flaming Question Anthony Bernier In the spring of 1936, in the jaws of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the Young Democratic Club of Baltimore, Maryland. No one was even envisioning the horrors of... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone August 2016

Born or Made Anthony Bernier Pop quiz: Which statement is more true: Successful YA librarians are more born or more made? Hint: this question asks for acknowledgment of a priority. Some say, “Of course, it’s born passion! How can you... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone April 2016

 The Coming of the Post-Teen “Young Adult” Anthony Bernier I’m finally hoisting the white flag of surrender – to children’s librarians. I think it’s time for YA librarians to concede the Battle of the Manufactured “Tween” to the imperialism of... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone February 2016

The Global Pulse: International Influences on YA Practice Anthony Bernier I come not to praise the superiority we feel about library service in the United States, but to bury it. This issue of VOYA (February 2016) concentrates on how technology continues... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone December 2015

The Weeding Wars: More Battles of YA Services under another Name Anthony Bernier “She made a second YA collection!” “What?” Burgeoning “weeding wars” pit not only library user against the library but also staff against staff. It’s becoming the library... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone October 2015

The Future’s Not Ours to See Anthony Bernier   Que sera, sera Whatever will be, will be The future’s not ours to see Que sera, sera I remember being terrified, as a boy, listening to Doris Day sing this haunting... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone August 2015

The Emerging Youth Suffrage Movement! Implications for libraries when young people vote in local affairs  Anthony Bernier One of the oldest justifications for libraries serving young adults has a new lease on life. In staff meetings, budget hearings, and in... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone June 2015

Reimagining the YA Volunteer Anthony Bernier During his inaugural address in January of 1961, the just-elected John F. Kennedy called a new generation of Americans to public service, issuing some of the most quoted words in American history: “Ask not,”... (Continue reading)

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