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A youth services librarian dedicates himself to bringing teens and books together through special programs at public libraries. Some of the programs are unique and seem to create quite an attraction.[more...] from The Reno-Gazette Journal.
The mystery and the act: towards a YA human sexuality collection by Teri Weesner
\"Young people viewing internet porn have an information need that can be addressed by youth services librarians and library collections. To ignore this information need is just as inaccurate and inappropriate as young people gleaning their information from internet pornography and cybersex chat.\" \"
Washinton Post has a Story on books aimed
at young adults. The books are testing limits and
pushing envelopes by using \"salty\" language, and
mature themes. They say it\'s the librarians who define,
and drive, the quality of teen literature in America.
\"...his \"edgy teen, sex-drugs-rock-and-roll,
kind of fiction,\" as one publishing executive described it,
is mostly found on the Young Adult shelves of local
The Seattle Times is one place running This Story on a report that says cutting back on the time children spend watching television and playing video games may lead to a decrease in aggressive behavior.
In a somewhat related stat, Donna Marentette passed along this from Statistics Canada-
According to new figures from Statistics Canada, the average Canadian watched 21.6 hours of television a week in 1999, down one hour from the year before and the lowest average viewership in two decades.
During the same time, the number of households with at least one regular Internet user jumped from 36% to 42%.
The Gaurdian has a Story on the Institute of Public Policy Research, a UK thinktank, that says Children should take a \"surfing proficiency test\" at 11, that would allow them a freer ride on the information superhighway.
\"\"We want to stress that it is not a completely negative test - it would also be about making sure that children are aware of what they can find in positive terms,\" said Mr Tambini. \"For example, information that could help them with their schoolwork. At present, they are not learning this in their classes - school computers filter out too much information.\"
A Story from Herald-Review.com on the budget cuts approved by the Decatur school board last month that will reduce the number of librarians next year from 23 to three!
They say that\'s a savings of $389,000, quick, what\'s 389,000 divided by 20?
19,450, how\'s that for an average pay check?
This journal issue examines the available research on how computer use affects children’s development, whether it increases or decreases the disparities between rich and poor, and whether it can be used effectively to enhance learning.
Executive Summary for easy reading.
CNN is one place with The Story on how bad science textbooks seem to be. Twelve of the most popular science textbooks used at middle schools across the United States are riddled with 500 pages worth of errors. The part that scared me was They tried to contact textbook authors with questions but in many cases the people listed said they didn\'t write the book, some didn\'t even know their names were listed!
\"The books have a very large number of errors, many irrelevant photographs, complicated illustrations, experiments that could not possibly work, and drawings that represented impossible situations,\"
Here is a short release on a study done that took a look at how kids are doing on the net.
\"New research on Internet usage among teens and young adults in 16 countries shows that while American youth spend more time online than kids elsewhere do, they are also more likely to have their parents monitor what they see and set limits on where they go. Conversely, youth in Europe spend less time online but have fewer restrictions on what they can see and do. These results emerge from Ipsos-Reid\'s The Face of the Web: Youth – a 16-country study of Internet users between the ages of 12 and 24.\"