[Libs-Or] SJSU SLIS Associate Professor's New YA Book Sparks Discussion
nicole.purviance at sjsu.edu
Tue Jul 30 13:27:58 PDT 2013
SJSU SLIS Associate Professor Brings Young Adult Expertise to Two New Books
How should libraries perceive and serve young adults? That's the question
raised in one of Dr. Anthony Bernier's new books published this summer.
Transforming Young Adult Services <http://www.neal-schuman.com/ya-svcs> , a
232-page textbook published by Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American
Library Association, is "designed to provoke classroom debate primarily
among graduate students and faculty," said Bernier
<http://slisapps.sjsu.edu/facultypages/view.php?fac=berniera> , an associate
professor at the San Jose State University School of Library and Information
Science (SJSU SLIS).
Bernier said working on the book was "an exciting intellectual journey
because it required synthesizing young adult librarianship whole, not in
bits and pieces, and seeing our intervention historically. Young adult
librarianship is an area with an out-of-date research record, and so I hope
Transforming will be true to its name and spark rejuvenation."
Bernier has two new books out this summer. His other work, titled
t-and-wisdom-of-dorothy-m-broderick/> The Collected Wit and Wisdom of
Dorothy M. Broderick, is a 260-page trade paperback published by VOYA Press.
This collection of essays by Bernier and two other authors, along with
selections of Dorothy Broderick's own writing, is a type of publication
called a "festschrift," Bernier said. "That's German for a kind of
analytical memorial to a luminary in the field."
The work celebrates the contributions of Broderick, who not only co-founded
the most important magazine in young adult librarianship - Voice of Youth
Advocates, or VOYA - but was an influential advocate for intellectual
freedom until her death in 2011. "My hope is that it will be appreciated not
only by the many people who knew Dorothy, but by students she has yet to
inspire," Bernier said.
Bernier, who was asked to edit this collection, said the process of reading
and selecting Broderick's work, collecting the other essays, writing his
own, and then editing the material, took about two years.
In addition to his two new books regarding young adult librarianship
published this summer, Bernier traveled in June 2013 to Seoul, South Korea,
at the invitation of the government, to deliver the keynote address for the
Seventh International Symposium on Library Services for Children and Young
Adults. His speech covered recent developments in youth services in the U.S.
He also presented a paper on research he conducted on youth volunteers in
Bernier's research interests
hd-students/research/dr-anthony-bernier> include history of libraries and
library science, information literacy and instruction, libraries and
society, serving multicultural populations, and young adult services. He is
the principal investigator on a three-year National Leadership Grant,
sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to study young
adult library spaces
tudy-library-space-young-adults> - a topic Bernier said he introduced to
the library and information science (LIS) field.
"Our research teams of six faculty and SLIS students are currently preparing
several article manuscripts for publication," Bernier said, allowing the
team to share their findings broadly with information professionals and
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