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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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YA Strike Zone April 2015

Beneath the Carnegie Library Wheel Anthony Bernier My mom, my two younger sisters, and I lived just off Santa Monica Boulevard, six blocks east of the Cahuenga Branch of the Los Angeles Public library during the 1960s and 70s. I... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone February 2015

Reflections on Dr. Mary K. Chelton’s Retirement Anthony Bernier “Oh, they have nothing to say.” These six words echo down through the decades since VOYA’s co-founder, Mary K. Chelton, heard children’s librarians muttering about the professional contributions of YA librarians in... (Continue reading)

YA Strike Zone Archives

YA Strike Zone became an evoya feature October 2014. Anthony Bernier is full Professor at San Jose State University’s School of Information where he teaches, conducts research, and publishes on the administration of equitable services with young people. A fourteen-year YA... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone December 2014

The Not-So-Great YA Space Debate Anthony Bernier I was ashamed to bring my friends home when I was a teenager. I just didn’t want them seeing our house–a tiny one-bedroom duplex for three children and my single mom who slept... (Continue reading)

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