Dr. Joni Richards Bodart has been an advocate for and a defender of teen literature since she began her professional career in 1971, as the YA librarian at the Sonoma County Library. She is the author of "Radical Reads: 101 YA Novels on the Edge", Dr. Bodart has given many lectures and workshop presentations on the value of controversial literature and how it can be used in schools and libraries.
YA Authors and Librarians as Trusted Adults for Disconnected Teens
Dr. Joni Richards Bodart
Assistant Professor, SLIS
SLIS Lecturer and doctoral student in the San José Gateway PhD Program
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Clark Hall 304, SJSU Campus URL: join live session
This presentation will examine the issue of alienated or disconnected teens and young adult literature, the importance of understanding the culture of adolescence and what genres and materials should be included in collections to provide resources for this growing population. Teens today are more separated from adult society than ever. Themes in the materials designed for today's teens depict their alienation and everyday lives, spanning a wide spectrum of issues. The authors of YA literature are reaching teens through their books, and YA librarians can enhance these efforts by promoting YA materials and their authors to teens.