The Teen Services Division advocates for teens and supports library professionals in their mission to grow and strengthen services to teens.
James Cook Book Award: Celebrating Diversity in Teen Literature
The Teen Services Division of OLC created the James Cook Book Award: Celebrating Diversity in Teen Literature in 2007. This award recognizes a book that promotes and celebrates cultural, ethnic, or social diversity.
- Nominations Open for 2019 James Cook Book Award
- James Cook Book Award Background Information
- Past Winners and Honorable Books
Rikki Unterbrink, Coordinator (2018)
Shelby County Libraries
Work: 937-492-8354 Ext. 111
Sarah Rosenberger, Assistant Coordinator (2018)
Cleveland Hts.-University Hts. Public Library
Kristin Wilson, Secretary (2018)
Loudonville Public Library
Mary Balog, Past Coordinator (2018)
Geauga County Public Library
Work: 440-543-5611 Ext. 2539
Kim Alberts (2018)
Akron-Summit County Public Library
Jennifer Coventry (2019)
Wadsworth Public Library
Gina Kromhout (2018)
Avon Lake Public Libary
Caitlynn Melick (2019)
Muskingum County Library System
Work: 740-453-0391 Ext. 153
Board Liaison: Deborah DuBois
PDC Liaisons: Luke Bentley, Shannon Titas
Goals and Objectives
- Create more opportunities for all OLC members to improve their reader’s advisory skills to their teen patrons.
- Enhance the Teen Services Division web content through the creation of a podcast and editing of the program packet to include new content.
- Celebrate the Teen Services Division members at 2018 Convention and Expo.
- Create a lasting legacy to James Cook with the creation of The James Cook Memory Project, featuring information about the award, James Cook, and inviting others to join in this endeavor.