Save the date, Pacific Northwest folks! We’ll be presenting at the British Columbia Library Association’s annual conference in Richmond, BC. We don’t have a time slot yet but the conference is taking place May 9-11 2013. Here’s what we’ll be talking about and who we are:
Early Literacy Services in the Digital Age
British Columbia’s children’s librarians have the potential to become leaders in the development of programs that are relevant to today’s families, especially as we begin to think critically about incorporating digital and interactive media into core services for children. Children’s services have traditionally included storytelling and reader’s advisory services. Children’s librarians are experts in evaluating and selecting good quality media, and as libraries adopt emerging technologies, those same skills apply. There are thousands of eBooks and Apps for kids. How can libraries help parents provide their children with high quality digital media? How can we use our storytelling and collection development skills and apply them to the digital world?
Cen Campbell is a children’s librarian and editor of LittleeLit.com. Little eLit began as a book-based app review site but has since grown into a media literacy resource and consultancy service that develops best practices, programs, webinars and workshops for library systems around the US and Canada. Cen is currently serving on the ALSC Children and Technology committee and works at the City of Mountain View Public Library and Santa Clara County Library District in Silicon Valley.
Francesca de Freitas is a Children’s Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library. As a librarian, mother of two (including a preschooler who will only sit still for ear infections and ice cream,) and an escaped web developer, Francesca delights in sharing the wondrous world of stories available to children – in all its forms – including electronic ones.
Tess Prendergast is a children’s librarian as well as a PhD student in Vancouver, BC. Her academic research investigates all aspects of early literacy in the lives of children with disabilities. As a digital “immigrant” and bibliophile, Tess struggles to stay in step with her two very tech savvy tween/teenaged kids and marvels at how much they have learned from their digital experiences so far.