YART is a is a community of practice that welcomes YA librarians from public libraries, middle and high school librarians, and library school students concerned with all aspects of library service to young adults. YART collaborates to produce timely book and resource lists to support librarians and library staff serving teens.
Meetings focus on different genres or topics in YA literature, innovative programs and services, technology, marketing/public relations, and social issues affecting teenagers. Meeting topics for the year are determined at an organizational meeting held each June. Meetings are generally led by Rhode Island young adult librarians, but occasionally feature outside speakers from other youth-serving organizations in Rhode Island or national speakers.
Bi-weekly newsletters are emailed to public librarians and library staff serving children and young adults. These newsletters include information from OLIS as well as current events and continuing education opportunities that are relevant to youth services. Newsletters can be found on the OLIS website. Subscribe below to receive these newsletters directly.
OLIS offers consultation services to youth services librarians in the areas of collection development, programming, services, facilities, policies, planning and evaluation. Learn more about OLIS Youth Services.
The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) is the state library agency for Rhode Island. It is responsible for developing a statewide plan for library development, interlibrary cooperation, and resource sharing to serve the library and information needs of all Rhode Islanders. OLIS strengthens, connects and empowers libraries to advance knowledge, connect communities and enrich the lives of all Rhode Islanders. Learn more about OLIS.