Little eLit is a crowd-sourced, grass-roots professional learning network that works to develop promising practices for the incorporation of new media into library collections, services and programs for families with young children.
Cen (pronounced like Ken of Ken and Barbie fame) Campbell, Founder and Editor in Chief
Cen is the founder at LittleeLit.com. She has driven a bookmobile, managed branch libraries, developed innovative programs for babies, young children and teens, and now helps other libraries incorporate digital media into their early literacy programming. She attended the California State Library’s Eureka Leadership Institute in 2008 and now serves on the Association for Library Services to Children’s Children & Technology committee.
Youth Services Librarian
Madison Public Library
When Carissa finally discovered her career as a children’s librarian, all of her cousins said, “Of course!” as she’d been trying to get them to listen to her read books for years. Over the past 15+ years, she’s served in the youth services departments of libraries in both Indiana and Wisconsin in small, medium and large libraries (much like Goldilocks, she feels that her current position is “just right”).
Carissa has contributed to many of the Collaborative Summer Library Program manuals and also written a chapter for the recently published book How to STEM about her experiences creating a play-based STEM skills class for 3-4 year olds. She blogs about that program as well as some of her other innovative hands-on programming at LibraryMakers. She currently serves as the Little eLit “Promo Code Fairy,” in charge of organizing and distributing developer promo codes to librarians interested in sampling apps.
Claudia Haines, Curation Coordinator
Youth Services Librarian
Homer Public Library
Claudia manages the Pinterest boards associated with Little eLit, thus ensuring that librarians have great app recommendations at their fingertips. When she’s not leading young people’s programs at her rural library in Southcental Alaska, she manages collection development for the children’s library, provides outreach services, and helps her coworkers keep the dynamic library running smoothly.
Integrating interactive digital media into offerings like storytime is part of Claudia’s efforts to inspire kids to use a variety of tools to create and explore at the library. Collaboration with librarians beyond the community of Homer keeps Claudia inspired. Claudia is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Information School and blogs at Never Shushed.
Amy Koester, Editor and Blog Manager
Youth & Family Program Coordinator
Skokie Public Library
Amy is mostly behind the scenes here at Little eLit, where she organizes, formats, and posts content in addition to managing the cogs and gears of the site. In her day job, Amy manages children’s and teen fiction collections and coordinates programming at her library.
Amy fully believes that modern literacy is multi-faceted–kids need to acquire skills in digital, media, and STEM literacy just as much as they do traditional print literacy. Amy writes about all areas of youth services librarianship as the Show Me Librarian.
Youth Services Manager
Annapolis Valley Regional Library
The fabulous Angela Reynolds has been a children’s/youth librarian for over 15 years. Angela has worked as a librarian in Kentucky, Oregon, and now, in Nova Scotia. She has served on several ALSC committees, including the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Committee, the Carnegie Committee, and spent two years under headphones on the Notable Recordings for Children committee. She writes book reviews for School Library Journal and audio reviews for Horn Book. You can find her writings on the ALSC blog and on ValleyStorytime.
Henrietta Public Library
Anne Hicks has been a Youth Services librarian in the Rochester, NY area since 2009. She currently works as the Children’s Librarian at the Henrietta Public Library. Anne is very involved in the Kids’ Comics Committee (based in Monroe County, NY) and helps plan their bi-annual Comic Books and Literacy Conference. She strives to promote literacy using technology. Anne especially loves finding new and engaging ways to use her iPad during storytimes and runs her own storytelling blog, Anne’s Library Life.
Supervisor of Children’s Services
Watertown Free Public Library
Emily earned her MLIS from Simmons College in 2009, and has worked in various Massachusetts public libraries, including Abington, Athol, Cambridge, and Watertown since 2001. She currently oversees the Children’s Department at the Watertown Free Public Library. Her job includes publicity and promotion, programming, outreach, reference services, and collection development. She gave her mother a Kindle last Christmas, and once worked in a special library that had a bathroom larger and nicer than any apartment she will ever live in.
Support Services Manager
Mission Viejo Library
Genesis Hansen is currently the Support Services Manager for the Mission Viejo Library. Over her library career she has overseen many aspects of library service, including Web Services, Reference, Technical Services, Circulation and Teen Services, and her passion for service to the public informs all aspects of her work. She is a fellow of the 2008/09 Eureka! Leadership Institute, and returned to the Institute in 2010/11 as a mentor.
Genesis loves to play with technology, and is always looking for ways that technology can enrich and enhance traditional library services and expand our capabilities and reach. As a mom to two young “digital natives,” she has a vested interest in supporting healthy ways to improve children’s early literacy and media skills and teaching parents and librarians to use technology tools wisely and effectively.
Deschutes Public Library
Paige Bentley-Flannery is a Children’s/Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library in Oregon. She is also the chair of the ALSC Digital Content Task Force and is one of the most enthusiastic librarians I have ever met. Paige incorporates movement, art, poetry and apps into her kids programming and always has great ideas for how to use interactive media to support learning and creativity. This page contains all of the weekly Paige’s Page posts, which will include new and interesting apps. Please feel free to use these “booklists” and programming ideas in your libraries, but give us credit if you do! Follow Paige on Twitter for more book/book app recommendations and see more book apps here!
Technology Trainer/Youth Services Assistant (Teen Programming)
Garfield County Public Library District
Stephen Tafoya is the kind person who inspires you to ask, upon meeting him, “How much coffee did he drink today!?” High energy, forever optimistic, and a tech guru, Stephen devotes his time to training library staff and the general public on tech devices and digital library services. Before that, he spent 5 years as a Literacy Consultant helping hundreds of kids who were struggling or non-readers attain reading and comprehension skills at or above grade level. Now, as a father of three crazy kids, he is highly vested in tablet technology and apps that build literacy and critical thinking skills. Stephen is always experimenting on his children with new apps and generating new ideas on how these apps could be integrated into programming for children and teens alike.
Vancouver Public Library
Tess Prendergast is a children’s librarian in Vancouver, BC. She has developed and taught workshops about various aspects of early literacy to parents, early childhood educators and other librarians. She now incorporates digital early literacy topics into her workshop plans and tries to keep up with great apps for people of all ages. Tess is currently working on her doctoral dissertation about early literacy in the lives of children with disabilities. She is currently serving a term as chair on the editorial advisory committee for the ALSC journal Children and Libraries. Find Tess on twitter @tess1144 and check out her blog www.inclusiveearlyliteracy.wordpress.com.