The Heart of Our Work

Recently I attended a few presentations on community work that reminded me of my favourite part of my job: Relationship building. In truth, I felt disconnected from community work for a long time. The pandemic disrupted many relationships. Libraries were closed, practising social distancing, and dealing with high staff turnover. Community partners had the same… Continue reading The Heart of Our Work

Emerging Research: Fall HELP Reads Articles

In September I wrote a blog post about the monthly research review provided by the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at the University of British Columbia called HELP Reads. Moving forward I’m going to share a selection of articles from these reviews every quarter to highlight recent and relevant research to the field of children’s… Continue reading Emerging Research: Fall HELP Reads Articles

HELP Reads & Literature Reviews

Recently I was asked how I find current and relevant research related to children’s librarianship. Let me introduce you to my secret research weapon called HELP Reads. HELP stands for The Human Early Learn Partnership which is “a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of… Continue reading HELP Reads & Literature Reviews

Professional Development Books: Child Development

Welcome to Part 3 of my Professional Development Books series. Part 1 showcases books about language and literacy, while Part 2 features my go-to program planning resources. This post is all about child development, child psychology, and brain development. In truth, I have not read all of these in full – this list is partly… Continue reading Professional Development Books: Child Development

Professional Development Books: Program Planning

This post is Part 2 of my Professional Development Books series. Part 1 features my top choices for books about language and literacy. This week I’m sharing books that I’ve used and others have found helpful when it comes to planning library programs. Most of them focus on storytime and the early years. Did I… Continue reading Professional Development Books: Program Planning