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YA Strike Zone December 2017

The “Secret Sauce” of a YA Professional: The Job Description Anthony Bernier Are you curious if there’s a “secret sauce” for becoming a successful YA professional? Shouldn’t you be? If there is a secret, it lies in the instrument called... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone October 2017

“Members” Now: Citizens Later? Anthony Bernier America does not appear in the mood to broaden its notion of “citizenship” for the next while. This fight doesn’t end here, of course, but the current environment is a minefield of political kryptonite... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone August 2017

Beyond the Celebrations The disturbing things LIS students find out about real YA programming and professionals’ ethical obligation to improve YA experience Anthony Bernier It becomes more difficult each year to convince LIS students that they need to demonstrate service... (Continue reading)

YA Strike Zone June 2017

YA Activism: Thunder from the Left (and the Right) Anthony Bernier What is it going to take? How much more time must pass before libraries realize that young adults don’t need any “youth development” agenda to recognize them as active... (Continue reading)

YA Strike Zone April 2017

No Safe Space Haven in a Public World Anthony Bernier Few clichés promise to do more damage to libraries than claiming to be “safe spaces.” Libraries are not safe spaces. At the very least, such a claim perpetuates an immodest... (Continue reading)

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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 June 2016

“Maker Space” Cabal: The Challenges and Obstacles to Our Latest Overextension Anthony Bernier Before libraries get too comfortable with the latest flash-in-the-pan and devote precious resources, panels, guidelines, blog posts, and workshops celebrating this Latest Thing, I’d like to hold... (Continue reading)

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