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
Sarah Rosenberger, Assistant Coordinator (2018)
Cleveland Hts.-University Hts. Public Library
Work: (216) 932-3600
Kristin Wilson, Secretary (2018)
Loudonville Public Library
Work: (419) 994-5531
Mary Balog, Past Coordinator (2018)
Hudson Library and Historical Society
Work: (330) 653-6658 x1032
Kim Alberts (2018)
Akron-Summit County Public Library
Work: (330) 643-4703
Jennifer Coventry (2019)
Wadsworth Public Library
Work: (330) 334-5761
Gina Kromhout (2018)
Avon Lake Public Libary
Work: (440) 933-8128
Caitlynn Melick (2019)
Muskingum County Library System
Work: (740) 453-0391 x153
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.