The Teen Library Internship Handbook

The Teen Library Internship Handbook

Diane P. Tuccillo


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Teen library internships are becoming increasingly common in both school and public libraries.

Librarians seeking guidance on how to launch or grow their teen internships will find help in this practical handbook. They will discover:

  • Rationales and helpful advice for providing support and funding for meaningful internship opportunities.
  • Shining examples that can be emulated and adapted in other library settings that comprise the book’s central focus.
  • Testimonials by interns, librarians and library staff, and other adults who have worked with employed teens that will enhance points, give insights, and generate enthusiasm.
  • Step-by-step plans for creating tailor-made teen library internship handbooks that can be used by teen interns, library staff, and others who are taking part in training, evaluating, and teamwork during internships in each unique setting.
  • Advice on how to gain feedback and assess outcomes to make internships more relevant and valuable.
  • Ways and means to adapt internship experiences during times of pandemics or other emergencies.
  • A path to promoting innovative youth participation that will help teens to meaningfully develop knowledge and skills for their futures while encouraging them to become dedicated library users and supporters into adulthood.

By providing this new way of encouraging youth participation, libraries can help teens to meaningfully develop knowledge and skills for their futures while encouraging them to become dedicated library users and supporters into adulthood.


Diane P. Tuccillo:

A former English teacher and high school drama director/coach, Diane P. Tuccillo earned her MLS degree from Rutgers University in 1980. After serving as young adult librarian at the Rutherford (NJ) Public Library and the Reading (MA) Public Library, she became the long-time young adult coordinator at the City of Mesa Library in Arizona where she led a dynamic, nationally-known library teen advisory group for 27 years. Most recently, she was teen services librarian at the Poudre River Public Library District in Fort Collins, Colorado from 2007 until 2017 where she coadvised a vibrant interesting reader society teen advisory group.

Tuccillo has been actively involved in and has received awards from several professional organizations, including the Young Adult Library Services Association, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Arizona Library Association; has been a book reviewer and article contributor for professional journals such as School Library Journal and Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) magazine; and has contributed to books such as Nilsen & Donelson’s classic Literature for Today’s Young Adults. She has been a regular and an Emeritus member of the VOYA advisory board and has written many articles for that publication. Her second book, Teen-Centered Library Service: Putting Youth Participation into Practice, was published by Libraries Unlimited in 2010, her third book, the completely revised and updated second edition of Library Teen Advisory Groups (the first edition published by Scarecrow in 2005; the 2018 2nd edition published by Rowman & Littlefield). Her 4th book is Totally Tweens & Teens: Youth-Created and Youth-