Before joining the full-time SLIS faculty in Fall 2005, Dr. Bernier served as Director of Young Adult Services for the Oakland Public Library for the four preceding years, prior to that he served for 10 years as Young Adult Specialist Librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library. Beyond designing and implementing a variety of widely recognized outreach and programming models, Dr. Bernier developed the original service and space plan for LAPL's acclaimed TeenS"cape department, the first public library space designed exclusively for YAs. He writes, trains, and consults with public agencies and architects on teen spaces. Dr. Bernier's primary research explores public space equity for young adults and the administration of library services to young people. His YALSA service includes: former chair of the New Directions Task Force, Continuing Education and Strategic Planning Task Forces. He is also a YALSA Serving the Underserved instructor. Dr. Bernier received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, where his doctoral dissertation focused on changing notions of public space in 20th century urban America. He lives in Oakland and rides a Honda Nighthawk 750.