Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

Editorial: Resources and Services for Special Groups

Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

Editorial: Resources and Services for Special Groups

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The theme for this issue of School Libraries Worldwide is "Services and Resources for Special Groups." The topic is both vital and broad, and the call for papers tried to make clear just how widely we were opening the door to reports of research in this area:

School libraries daily face the challenges of providing services and resources for diverse clientele. The global village means that there are international communities within our school libraries: multicultural and multilingual school library services have been developed to meet the needs of students from ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious minorities and who maybe refugees or displaced persons. Within our school libraries also are many students with special needs: the gifted and talented; the physically challenged; students who are blind/visually impaired or deaf/hearing impaired; and students with learning difficulties or disabilities. Services have been developed to meet the needs also of students not able to be served in regular school settings: young people in detention facilities; students in hospital or long-term care; geographically isolated students; and students being home-schooled. Some of our users have medical conditions such as asthma, HIV /AIDS, epilepsy or diabetes, while others must cope with autism or psychological disorders. Students living in non-traditional family settings and students who are gay, lesbian, or bisexual youth have special needs as do adopted children and latchkey kids. …

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