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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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RBmedia Begins Exclusive Publishing Partnership With Lee & Low Books

RBmedia entered an exclusive partnership with Lee & Low Books, “the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. Through this four-year agreement, the company will publish audio editions of Lee & Low Books titles for every age.” Lee & Low Books, which was established in 1991, has diverse titles for all ages, from picture books to early chapter books to middle grade and young adult books. Its audiobooks will be produced and distributed around the world under RBmedia’s Recorded Books brand and its Tantor imprint.

“We are proud to be partnering with such a celebrated and admired publisher as Lee & Low Books. They have been on the forefront of this push for diversity and representation in publishing for more than 30 years. We share this drive, as well as Lee & Low Books’ dedication and commitment to serving the needs of today’s educators and students, and look forward to bringing their stories to life in audio,” says Troy Juliar, RBmedia’s chief content officer.

For more information, read the press release.

IFLA Groups Plan Webinar Series on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

IFLA’s Management of Library Associations Section (MLAS) joined with IFLA’s New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) and IFLA’s Regional Divisions to create a webinar series on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals titled Sustainable Development Goals and Library Associations. The webinars will center on various topics that resulted from a 2020­–2021 MLAS survey and will feature interactive opportunities in a variety of languages.

The series will start in January 2023 and run through June 2023. Follow MLAS on Facebook and Twitter for updates, and for more information, read the news item.

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.

For more information, read the blog post.

PEN America-PEN Ukraine Report Studies the Damage Done to Ukraine's Cultural Heritage

Ayad Akhtar, president of PEN America, shares PEN America and PEN Ukraine’s new report, “Ukrainian Culture Under Attack: Erasure of Ukrainian Culture in Russia’s War Against Ukraine,” which provides “evidence of intentional and indiscriminate attacks on Ukraine’s cultural infrastructure, in cities and rural areas. The report is damning, undeniable evidence of a concerted campaign of erasure.”

Akhtar continues, “The report makes clear that culture is not collateral damage in the war against Ukraine: it’s a target, a central pillar of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s justification for the war. Putin has repeatedly claimed that Ukrainian culture and language simply don’t exist. By targeting art museums, music halls, libraries, theaters, and historical sites, he attempts to make it so.”

For more information, read the article.

A Librarian Discusses Social Media Usage and Twitter's Future

David Lee King, the digital services director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, writes the following in his blog post, “Three Thoughts on Social Media and Twitter”:

Since Twitter’s currently going through some major road bumps (and might not survive those) … should your library still use it? I have some thoughts on that.

First Thought: don’t delete it yet. … It might survive. Twitter might make it through the major changes and craziness going on at the moment. If so … it’s still a pretty useful tool. My guess is it will continue to be so (if it survives the craziness).

For King’s other two thoughts and more information, read the blog post.

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