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Children’s Librarians in the Lives of Children with Disabilities: A Bio-ecological Perspective

A few months ago, I presented a poster at ALISE 2016, in Boston, MA.

Here is a summary of my poster’s content, with a link to the PDF version.

Children’s Librarians in the Lives of Children with Disabilities: A Bioecological Perspective
This poster explores the intersections of children’s librarianship and early literacy in the lives of children with disabilities. In what is referred to as his bioecological systems theory, Bronfenbrenner (1986, 2005) conceptualized a child’s development as taking place within nested systems of support. Each setting (i.e. home, preschool, library) is considered a microsystem within which the individual child interacts with objects, symbols and people in ways that advance or hinder that child’s development. Interactions between those people who surround the child constitute the mesosystem influence. To elaborate, the mesosystem may be constituted when an outside influence (such as a teacher or therapist) is exerted on a child within a specific microsystem. An example of this would be a father bringing his toddler to a storytime program and learning how to play a rhyming game with his child from a children’s librarian. The influence that the children’s librarian has had on the father (i.e. teaching him a new way to play and interact with his child in their home microsystem) constitutes the mesosystem.

 

This poster mainly explores actual examples of the children’s librarian’s mesosystem role and draws on evidence from a series of semi-structured interviews with groups of children’s librarians as well as parents of young children with disabilities. This study’s findings suggest that children’s librarians who are willing and (somewhat) able to offer responsive, inclusive services and parents who want and need such services rarely encounter each other but when they do the benefits of such interactions are obvious especially when viewed through Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological systems framework. This study suggests that librarians and their expertise in encouraging early literacy development via mesosystem interactions are under-utilized resources in the lives of families whose children have disabilities. Working with families around making accommodations to meet children’s learning needs represents a significant way that children’s librarians become part of children’s mesosystems of support and in this way provide equitable early literacy resources across diverse communities of children.

 

By considering Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological systems framework wherein children are afforded frequent and successful interactions with ‘objects, symbols and people’ in public library contexts, this study suggests that more frequent interactions around the early literacy resources of the public library could represent a positive force for individual children’s early literacy development, in much the same way as regular home reading supports early literacy growth. By the same token, fewer, or less successful interactions in the library context could inhibit literacy growth because of lost opportunities to engage with the resources that are freely available at the public library. This study concludes with a rationale for continuing to strengthen the role that children’s librarians play in the lives of all children, particularly those who may remain underserved.

Children’s Librarians in the Lives of Children with Disabilities: A Bioecological Perspective

References

Bronfenbrenner, U. (1986). Ecology of the family as a context for human development: Research perspectives. Developmental Psychology, 22(6), 723-742.

Bronfenbrenner, U. (2005). Making human beings human: bioecological perspectives on human development. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

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From Theory to Findings

I have been working on my dissertation theory section and decided to create a Prezi to help me trace my study’s theoretical underpinnings.

Here it is!

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From Theory to Findings

The Full Little eLit Book is Here: Young Children, New Media, and Libraries

The Little-eLit book is here! I am so very proud to have been part of this great new resource for children’s library practitioners! Check it out for free at the little-elit blog, http://www.littleelit.com

Little eLit

Today is the day: the full Little eLit book is now available! If you’ve been reading the main chapters of the book as they’ve been released serially over the past 9 months, you’ll still want to check out the final product; the full book, linked here, includes appendices that add more context and expand on the chapters on evaluation and digital media in storytimes, among other things.

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We the co-authors of Young Children, New Media, and Libraries: A Guide for Incorporating New Media into Library Collections, Services, and Programs for Families and Children Ages 0-5 hope that this book will provide a solid foundation for your own forays into the topic of early literacy in the digital age, whether you’re just taking your first exploratory steps or looking to expand upon past practice.

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6 Steps Towards Inclusion

I have contributed a chapter about inclusive early literacy to this forthcoming book Library Services from Birth to Five: Delivering the Best Start, Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock, editors

The publishers invited me to write a blog post about the topic so here it is. Read it! Comment! Share! Order the book! It is going to be fabulous!

http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/blog/building-inclusion-storytime-6-steps-towards-success

Here is a link to the book itself

http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=0082&category_code=504.

Children and Technology: Chapter Two of the Little eLit Book

I wrote a chapter for this amazing resource and it came out today! the entire LittleElit team rocks!

Little eLit

Today we are happily releasing the second chapter of our book, Young Children, New Media, and Libraries. This chapter, entitled “Children and Technology: What can research tell us?,” was written by librarian and doctoral student Tess Prendergast. It’s available by clicking here, or on the image below.

Children and Technology Prendergast

To read more chapters from Young Children, New Media, and Libraries, please visit the “Book” tab of this site.

This project, with many contributing authors, has been a work in progress for some time. Chapters are being released once per month, on the 15th, until all chapters have been published here. At that point, the entire work will be put into a single PDF ebook document, including appendices and other additional materials.

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New Media in Youth Librarianship: Chapter One of the Little eLit Book

Little eLit

Today, we here at Little eLit are happy to release the first chapter of our book, Young Children, New Media, and Libraries. This chapter, entitled “New Media in Youth Librarianship,” was written by Cen Campbell and myself. It’s available by clicking here, or on the image below.

New Media in Youth Librarianship

This project has been a work in progress for some time, with many contributing authors. Subsequent chapters will be released once per month, on the 15th, until all chapters have been published here. At that point, the entire work will be put into a single PDF ebook document, including appendices and other additional materials.

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Another day, another few chapters forthcoming from Facet.

The writing I did in January and February (all while I was trying to launching my dissertation study) is coming to fruition in a great new early years resource VERY SOON…I have 2 chapters in the forthcoming book entitled: Library Services from Birth to Five: Delivering the Best Start,  edited by Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock. I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to this book and will be even more thrilled when it comes out later this year. Follow the link below to read more about what is included in this book.

http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=0082&category_code=504Image