"Developing Library Collections for Today’s Young Adults" new book by alumna Amy S. Pattee.

November 18, 2013

Developing Library Collections for Today's Young AdultsUNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna Amy S. Pattee (Ph.D. ‘04) has recently published her second book, Developing Library Collections for Today’s Young Adults.
According to its description, this book “features policies that deal expressly with materials that respect the intellectual freedom of young library patrons. It emphasizes the importance of everything from needs assessment to collection development, encouraging librarians to consider informational, recreational and curricular needs and interests as the library staff select material on behalf of young adults.”

“I was inspired to write Developing Library Collections for Today’s Young Adults because I was unable to find any single comprehensive guide for collection development that spoke to materials for teenagers, specifically, and I wanted to fill what I thought was a gap in the professional literature,” Pattee said. “As someone who teaches young adult literature in a school of library and information science, I had been on the lookout for a YA-focused collection development book for some time and, when none could be found, I decided to write my own.”

Pattee drafted the book during a year-long sabbatical from her work at Simmons College. She feels that creating this work has given her an opportunity to branch out to an audience she had not before targeted in her writing.

“This was a very different kind of writing for me and I enjoyed the challenge of writing for a professional rather than an academic audience,” Pattee said. “As I wrote, I tried to imagine what types of questions the professional reader would want answered and I worked to address these throughout the book.”

Since leaving SILS, Patte has been published in several academic journals including Library Quarterly, School Library Journal and Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. In 2010, she published her first book, Reading the Adolescent Romance: Sweet Valley High and the Popular Young Adult Romance Novel, which is currently available on Amazon.com. She currently works as an associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, MA.

Pattee feels that her time at SILS has been instrumental in her accomplishments thus far.

“I definitely could not have accomplished what I have without my SILS education,” said Pattee. “My first book was drawn heavily from my dissertation, which I completed with the guidance of my adviser, Brian Sturm.  SILS provided me with opportunities to explore my research interests and practice my trade in the classroom, both of which have proved invaluable to my work at Simmons. I really enjoyed studying at SILS and UNC and am so proud to have been part of that community.”