The Apps are All Right! LittleeLit at #ALA2014

We’re presenting an ALSC program at ALA in Las Vegas! Here’s the description (many thanks to Tess Prendergast for putting it together!)

Proposed Program Title:

The Apps are All Right! Exploring the Role of Apps in Children’s and Teen Services

Tentative Program Description:

Designed as a primer for children’s and teen librarians, this session offers a dynamic overview of the place of the app as a new format within our profession. Four panelists will provide relevant research and examples from practice with diverse populations of children and teens. Participants will also be invited to explore the continuously evolving rationale for strengthening the role of the children’s and teen librarian in app recommendation for the communities we serve.

Presenter Biographies:

Cen Campbell is a children’s librarian in Silicon Valley, and a children’s digital services consultant at 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 and manages‘s digital book collection. She serves on the American Library Association’s ALSC Children & Technology committee.

Barbara Klipper has been involved in library services for children with disabilities, especially autism, since 2002. She is a former chair of the ALSC Library Services to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers committee, ALSC representative to the ALA Accessibility Assembly, and teacher of the ALSC Sensory Storytime webinar. Her article on apps for children with autism appeared in the June, 2013 issue of American Libraries, and her book, Serving the Spectrum: Programming for Children, Teens and Families With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is forthcoming from ALA Editions.

Carisa Kluver has a Masters in Social Work and worked as a school counselor, health educator and researcher in maternal and child health for over a decade before founding the app review site and the blog, The Digital Media Diet. She has reviewed over 700 enhanced eBook apps as well as writing and researching about literacy, kids and the evolving digital publishing industry.

Tess Prendergast has been a children’s librarian in Vancouver, Canada since 1996 and she is currently pursuing a doctorate in early literacy where her research involves families whose children have developmental disabilities. She believes in the importance of adopting expanded, sociocultural and multimodal views of literacy, especially in early childhood. Tess frequently speaks at conferences, teaches workshops, writes articles, and currently participates on the editorial advisory committee for ALSC’s journal Children & Libraries.


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