Category Archives: Training resources

Are We Inclusive?

I recently presented at the BCLA Youth Services Institute. One of the things I did was compile bunch of statements made by the parents interviewed for my dissertation study into a slide show, along with some random library and early literacy themed photos. Then I added a soundtrack. I have just posted it to Youtube if you are curious about what some parents of children with disabilities have to say about their experiences in public libraries.


Libraries Are For Everyone: An Epic Correction

I just really, really love this! Print & post!


Yesterday Robbie McDuff commented on my original Libraries Are For Everyone post where he kindly requested that I make some Eastern Hemisphere globes on what I call the epicsigns (the one with the ten people holding globes). I have to ashamedly admit that I had thought of it when people started responding to my images, but then let the lazy side of me win. Robbie made me step back and realize that I really should take the time to correct the North American-centric globes.

Robbie: thank you so much  for gently calling me out on this!

So I rolled up my Photoshop sleeves and spent over five hours this morning creating more vantage points on the globe and then inserting them into the epic signs. I’ll share all of the updated previous-posted versions here, and then add a link from the originals over to this post. And from this…

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Selected Publications

Here are some of my articles and chapters, some co-authored.

de Freitas, F., & Prendergast, T. (2015). Using digital media. In C. Rankin & A. Brock (Eds.), Library services from birth to five: Delivering the best start (pp. 153-167). London, UK: Facet.

Diamant-Cohen, B., Estrovitz, C., & Prendergast, T. (2013). Repeat after me! Repetition and early literacy development. Children & Libraries, 11(2), 20-24.

Diamant-Cohen, B., Prendergast, T., Estrovitz, C., Banks, C., & van der Veen, K. (2012). We play here! Bringing the power of play into children’s libraries. Children & Libraries, 10(1), 3-9.

Prendergast, T. (2011). Beyond storytime: Children’s librarians collaborating in communities. Children & Libraries, 9(1), 20-26.

Prendergast, T. (2012). Brick by brick: LEGO-inspired programs in the library. Children & Libraries, 10(3), 20-23.

Prendergast, T. (2013). Growing readers: A critical analysis of early literacy content for parents on Canadian public library websites. Journal of Library Administration, 53(4), 234-254. doi:DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2013.865389

Prendergast, T. (2015a). Children and technology: What can research tell us? In A. Koester (Ed.), 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: Little Elit. Retrieved from

Prendergast, T. (2015b). Inclusive early literacy. In C. Rankin & A. Brock (Eds.), Library services from birth to five: Delivering the best start (pp. 183-197). London, UK: Facet.

Prendergast, T. (2015c). The role of new media in inclusive early literacy programs and services. In A. Koester (Ed.), Young children, new media, and libraries: A guide for incorporationg new media into library collections, services and programs for families and children ages 0-5: Little eLit. Retrieved from

Prendergast, T. (2016). Seeking early literacy for all: An investigation of children’s librarians and parents of young children with disabilities’ experiences at the public library. Library Trends, 65(1), 65-91.

Prendergast, T., & Lazar, R. (2010). Language Fun Storytime: Serving children with speech and language delays. In B. Diamant-Cohen (Ed.), Children’s services: Parterships for success (pp. 17-23). Chicago: American Library Association.

Teichert, L., & Prendergast, T. (2014). Questioning the universality of storybook reading: Examining diversity in family literacy practices. Canadian Journal for New Scholars in Education/Revue canadienne des jeunes chercheures en education, 5(1), 1-9.


Nothing quite as exciting as the display of Hogwarts material at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, UK, but I hope you enjoy reading some of my work anyway! 



Seeking Early Literacy for All: An Investigation of Children’s Librarians and Parents of Young Children with Disabilities’ Experiences at the Public Library

I am proud to share that I have had a paper published in Library Trends. 

Prendergast, T. (2016). Seeking Early Literacy for All: An Investigation of Children’s Librarians and Parents of Young Children with Disabilities’ Experiences at the Public Library. Library Trends, 65(1), 65-91.


Project ENABLE – A terrific resource for everyone! Please check it out!

From their website found at

Project ENABLE provides free, foundational training, designed specifically for public, academic or school librarians worldwide, to help them gain the knowledge and skills needed to create inclusive and accessible libraries that meet the needs of all students. Teachers, administrators, and parents are also welcome to use the site to learn, review or update their learning in this area.

 This unique training site allows librarians to designate their library type and location (state) on their registration form and receive content that is tailored just for them. In addition, training can be customized for individual or group use. The site is free and open to all who can benefit from this training.

 Project ENABLE is a partnership of the Center for Digital Literacy (CDL), the School of Information Studies (iSchool@Syracuse) and the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. Funding support for Project ENABLE was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Wow! I am in the process of transcribing interviews with children’s librarians for my dissertation project about early literacy in the lives of children with disabilities and I can attest to the timeliness and necessity of this resource in our profession. We MUST be better prepared to ensure both accessibility and inclusiveness of the lifelong learning opportunities that all libraries are meant to provide, to everyone. 

No longer can librarians lament “I can’t afford to get trained in this area” or “I don’t have time to learn what I need to learn”. Now there is that free, self-paced training and did I mention that it is free and fully online so go get yourself to Project ENABLE and learn more about it!

I just found a great resource!

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!

Here is a link to the book itself