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December 20, 2022 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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A Librarian Looks at How Libraries Cater to Teen Patrons

Illinois-based children’s librarian Julie writes the following in “Teens, Trauma, and the Future of Libraries” for her blog, Hi, Miss Julie:

… I’m extremely concerned that the ways libraries treat teen patrons is going to get worse and worse as time goes on, rather than better. …

They have witnessed dozens of school shootings (some of them experienced a shooting first hand), are still living in a pandemic (which is not over yet), have witnessed hundreds of examples of violence against queer people and people of color, have possibly endured violence for being queer or a POC, endured a presidency that fueled racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic rhetoric, many of them have gotten sucked into alt-right pipelines via social media, and statistically many of these young people are living in poverty or enduring domestic violence–suffice it to say, this generation is traumatized. …

A great teen librarian backed by a youth department that knows about how children and teens develop can change lives. They can make sure that a queer teen can find books that tell them that it does get better. They can help a teen find their first job so they can start building a better outcome for themselves. They can provide a space and an environment where teens can safely work through their emotions and eventually learn how to manage their big feelings in a safe and appropriate way.

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