Introduction The 1986 Allerton Institute was developed to provide a forum for discussion of theories and means of meeting the information needs of children and young adults in both school and public library settings. The institute was cosponsored by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-C hampaign and the three youth divisions of the American Library Association (ALA): the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), and the Young A dult Services Division (YASD). The conference was supported by the World Book ALA Goal A ward and twenty Illinois participants received grants from the Illinois State Library to enable their attendance at the conference. The conference program was developed with the particular help of A nn Weeks and Evelyn Shaevel, both of ALA. Speakers gave an overview of issues in the field of youth librarianship and presented perspectives on specific issues challenging librarians and media specialists. Speakers and conference participants worked together to determine directions and strategies for the profession as we look to a changing information environment in the years to come. Four focus areas were the basis of the presentations. The papers that follow were written and presented by nationally-known leaders and are meant to provide a summary of activity in the field. The four focus areas are: (1) management of youth services, (2) recruitment and education for childrens and young adult specialists, (3) evaluation of services to children and young adults, and (4) the development of a Youth Agenda for the youth divisions of the American Library Association and the profession.
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