Teen Librarian Survey Results

Last month we posted a survey asking about how Teen Services worked in your area. Overall, we had 118 people respond; 115 from public libraries and 3 from public High Schools. We got responses from almost all 50 states with the top states being New York (12),  Ohio (10) California (7), Massachusetts (7), & Indiana (6). We also had 4 responses from Canada and 1 from the UK. Here are some of the results that we got; for most questions I will separate out the public vs school library answers.

Q1-3: Out of the 115 public library responses, 30 said that teen services was its own department with 19 of them having a Teen Services manager. Out of the 85 that said no, the responses fell into the following categories: 61 Youth Services, 18 Adult Services, & 7 other. “Other” included no departments, falling under both Adult and Youth, and Programming/Outreach.

 

Q4: How many people are considered Teen Services

Public Library School Library
1 71 1
2 18 1
3 6 1
4 5 0
5+ 12 0
Unanswered 3 0

 

Q5: Do you work more than one location?

Public Library School Library
Yes, I split my time at multiple locations 7 1
Sort of, I work at one location but plan/support for others 18 0
No 89 2
Unanswered 1 0

 

Q6: Do you split your time between Teen Services and another department?

Public lIbrary School Library
Yes, it’s an equal split 15 1
Yes, but more time spent in Teen Services 40 0
Yes, but more time spent in other department 21 0
No 35 2
Unanswered 4 0

 

Q7: Is your department divided by grades or ages?

Public Library
Grades 61
Ages 49
Unanswered 5

 

Q8: Do you include 12 year olds or 6th graders?

Public Library
Yes 77
No 27
Other 11
Unanswered 1

For those that fell into the other, the majority seemed to include 11 year olds/5th graders or tweens. There was one response that went at low as 4th grade!

 

Q9: If you go by ages, how do you handle 18/19 year olds who are still in High School?

The general consensus was that as long as the 18/19 year old was in high school, they were still welcome to participate in teen programs. Of course, many also noted that by that age they’ve already moved on/aren’t interested in what is being offering for teens.

 

Q10: Does Teen Services have it’s own budget line?

Public Libraries School Libraries
Yes 73 2
No 42 1

 

Q11: How much say do you have in the Teen Services Budget?

As expected this one was pretty all over the board from no control/a budget is just given to some input to totally control. While they seemed pretty equally split, next time I’ll make this a multiple choice as to have exact division.

 

Q12: What is your current Teen Services programming budget?

Public Libraries
Less than 500 13
500 – 999 9
1000 18
2000 8
2000+ 28
NA/I don’t know 34
Unanswered 5

The highest amounts noted were a couple who had 4,000 – 5,000

 

Q13: Do you order the teen books?

Public Libraries School Libraries
Yes, I am the sole decision maker 63 3
Sort of, I can give suggestions to centralized purchasing 30 0
Sort of, I only do replacements 1 0
No, all ordering is done through centralized purchasing 21 0

 

Q14: What is your current Teen Services book budget?

Public Libraries School Libraries
1000 or under 2 0
1000 – 5000 19 2
5000 – 1000 18 1
10,000 – 15,000 12 0
15,000 – 20,000 8 0
20,000+ 5 0
NA/I don’t know 49 0
Unanswered 2 0

 

Q15: How many teen programs do you hold a year? What is the average attendance to teen programs?

Again, this one was all over the board and I’ll have to figure out how to make it more of a multiple choice in the future. However, the average seemed to be around 60 programs a month with an average attendance of 10 teens. There were some responses that do 150 – 300 a year! Whew!

 

Q16: Do you have a teen space?

Public Libraries School Libraries
Yes 89 2
No 26 1

 

Q17: How much off desk time do you get a week?

Public Libraries School Libraries
none 14 1
1 – 2 hours 7 0
3 – 4 hours 8 0
5 – 6 hours 9 0
7 – 8 hours 7 0
9 – 10 hours 11 0
11 – 12 hours 6 1
13 – 14 hours 8 0
15+ hours 35 1
Never on desk 10 0

 

Q18: What type of library are you?

I had a bigger break down that didn’t really work, but overall we had 115 from public libraries and 3 from public High Schools. In the future, I’ll need to find a better way to divide between small, medium, and large public libraries, but the division I got this time was 30, 57, & 26 respectively.

 

Q19: How many locations do you have?

Public Libraries School Libraries
1 52 0
2 13 1
3 2 0
4 2 0
5 – 10 23 1
11 – 15 8 0
15+ 15 1

 

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