Thursday, July 30, 2015

Teen self-help with self-checkout for privacy

Sign in black lettering against a white background that reads, Teens - Help Yourself. Look for these numbers on the shelves. For more privacy, use the self-checkout machines. Abuse/incest: 362.76 and 362.78. Abusive relationships: 362.8292 and 362.88. Acne/skin care: 616.53 and 646.726. AIDS/HIV: 616.9792. Alcohol: 362.292. Anorexia: 616.8526. Birth control: 363.9609 and 613.94. Body changes/puberty: 612.661. Body image: 306.4613 and 616.852. Date rape: 362.883. Depression: 616.852, 616.8527, 616.85844. Divorce: 306.89. Drugs: 362.292 and 362.2918. Health/hygiene: 613.04243 and 613.7043. LGBTQ: 306.766 and 613.951. Pregnancy: 306.856, 306.8743, 618.2024. Relationships and dating: 305.235, 306.70835, 646.77. Self-esteem: 305.235. Sex: 613.951. STDs: 616.951. Suicide: 362.2, 362.28, 362.283.
Credit: aphroditzy on Tumblr
With this awesome sign created by library supervisor Justin Azevedo, the Sacramento Public Library points teens in the direction of sensitive information that they may be too embarrassed or afraid to ask an adult to help them locate. The sign reminds teens about self-checkout to help protect their privacy.

As Azevedo told Buzzfeed News, “I would notice how popular teen books on these topics were, but how rare actual questions about them from teen library patrons were. Most of the topics would be embarrassing to ask about, but some of them could threaten their privacy or even safety if asked in front of people or discovered by parents in a search engine history.”

Because the Dewey numbering system is a subject classification, many of these topics will likely have their counterparts in the same order in our Jackson County libraries — and our teens, too, can access them in privacy through self-checkout machines. (The photo was first posted by Tumblr user aphroditzy and Buzzfeed News elected to share a reblog by user kassysgalaxyyy).

1 comment:

  1. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It is the little changes that will make the greatest changes. Thanks for sharing!


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