Introduction to Library and Information Science/Matthews, Virginia H., Judith G. Flum, and Karen A. Whitney. “Kids Need Libraries: School and Public Libraries Preparing the Youth of Today for the World of Tomorrow”

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Matthews, Virginia H., Judith G. Flum, and Karen A. Whitney. “Kids Need Libraries: School and Public Libraries Preparing the Youth of Today for the World of Tomorrow,” School Library Journal 36 (April 1990): 33 – 37.

School and public libraries need to work together in order to provide the most effective services to the children/young adults of our nation. They are the future of this country and librarians can and should support their needs for growth and achievement. Libraries and librarians can help meet those needs in many ways. A few examples are:

  1. Provide a positive sense of self worth.
  2. Prepare them to use present day technology and to adapt to a changing technological world.
  3. Teach them to think critically in order to solve problems.
  4. Guide them in the process in becoming lifelong learners.
  5. Prepare them to communicate effectively – to listen, to speak, to read, and to write.

Even though this editorial article was written 16 years ago, it is still something that is relevant to the current times. It was an eye opener, and extremely helpful to read about all that is expected and what little assistance you sometimes receive. You would think librarians would have the resources, staffing, and facilities to effectively carry out this responsibility. It all comes back to library policies. As a future librarian, it is scary to see all that comes with the job but not see the support that is needed to perform it. Unfortunately politics are not something that all librarians want to get involved in. However, it is sometimes necessary to become an advocate in order to see the children/young adults, the future of this country, succeed.