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Title:Youth services: Promoting health, inclusion, and resiliency through libraries and library education
Author(s):Taylor, Natalie; Magee, Rachel
Subject(s):Mental health
Youth services
Public libraries
School libraries
Abstract:The ALISE Youth Services Special Interest Group (SIG) presents a panel that explores the ways in which youth services in libraries support health, inclusion, and youth resiliency. The session will begin with presentations of two papers (25 minutes each), followed by a Q&A. Attendees with then be able to share their own works in progress on these topics. The two presentations include research from Dr. Maria Cahill, Dr. Denice Adkins, and Dr. Bobbie Bushman focusing on library services for young children with disabilities and research from Dr. Denice Adkins, Dr. Beth Brendler, and Kerry Townsend on how school librarians can support youth mental health. The work of Dr. Cahill, Dr. Adkins, and Dr. Bushman will include a review of the existing literature examining library services for young children with disabilities and/or developmental delays. This review attempts to identify large gaps in the current knowledge base and instigate a call to action for the field. Dr. Adkins, Dr. Brendler, and Dr. Townsend will present preliminary findings from an IMLS-funded, mixed-methods research project, including an introduction to scalable strategies for rural public and school libraries who wish to support community health needs, an example of which is the creation of an elective course offered at the University of Missouri designed to help future librarians support teen mental health through young adult literature. The COVID-19 pandemic, subsequent interruption to in-person schooling, and existing economic and health inequalities among young people have all served to contribute to an emerging crisis in young people’s mental health and disability support services. This presentation and the subsequent attendee discussion will begin to explore the ways that the LIS field can work to address this crisis.
Issue Date:2021-09-20
Series/Report:Young adult services
Public libraries
School libraries
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17

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