ALA Fundamentals Series (Angela, same header treatment as Library Supervision title of Winter 05 catalog.) With more than one-third of library users under the age of 12, it may be said that children's services drive public libraries. Still, many administrators don't fully appreciate how integral these services are to their institutions. Sullivan conducts a friendly tour in this comprehensive reference, covering both innovative and standard practices in children's services. From the collection and programming, to homework support, reference and reader's advisory, to promoting and budgeting, children's services parallel other library services and are no less important. Part of ""ALA's Fundamentals Series"", this overview provides hands-on, proven strategies for those on the front lines, while addressing questions critical to the long-term success of children's library services: Why are children's services so important? How do they fit into the library overall? What do children's librarians do all day? Why should children's librarians focus on administrative matters? What are the hot issues and cutting edge trends? Those who want to become children's librarians, experienced and new children's librarians, library administrators and trustees alike will find this new 'bible' of children's services sets the record straight: Children's services are the heart of the library.
Michael Sullivan is currently Director of the Weeks Public Library in Greenland, N.H. Over the past twelve years, he has been a director at several public libraries in New England, and served as children's librarian in Everett, Mass. There, his chess program at the Parlin Memorial Library was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award in the U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Award competition. The former president of the New Hampshire Library Association, he was named the New Hampshire Librarian of the Year in 1998. A traveling storyteller, chess instructor, and contributor to Public Libraries, he holds his MLS from Simmons College.