Research is a term that can be scary to a lot of people. For teens it might bring on fears of having to complete a research paper for which the process might not be well understood and therefore isn’t easy to complete. For adults it might seem that reading research reports is a boring and perhaps even an incomprehensible task. But, even though research can send shivers up one’s spine, reading current research can be really useful in helping understand how to best support teens in a community.
A few days ago the Pew Research Center for People and the Press released a report on news consumption. While on the surface this report might not seem like it has a connection to teen librarians, reading the report one learns that it does. The information in the report can help librarians serving the age group understand where teens get their news. This information can lead to understanding how and what type of new sources the library should provide for teens. Continue reading