Research Roundup: Advocating for Children’s Rights

Tess Prendergast, Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Annette Y. Goldsmith


Although the American Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children are international organizations, meaning they welcome members from around the world, our scope tends to be North American in practice. While communities and funding structures in North American libraries are different (rural vs. urban for example), children’s librarians often share similar outlooks on children and childhood in general.

However, while most ALSC members work within the cultural context of North American society, it is also important to understand the state of childhood on a more global scale. One way this can be accomplished is by taking a children’s rights approach. The following annotated links (many shortened through and print resources are meant as an introduction to children’s rights for those working in public and school libraries around the world. 

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