Elusive Inclusion: Public Libraries Serving Families of Children with Disabilities

Jo Kaeding and Tess Prendergast invite you to a short presentation about their doctoral studies that both explore inclusion of children with disabilities in public libraries.

Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Ponderosa Commons, Multipurpose Room (2012)

Jo’s transnational research conducted in the USA, Canada and Australia involved questionnaires and follow-up interviews with leading library practitioners. Tess studied the prevalent early literacy messages found both in print and online in a western Canadian metropolitan region and conducted interviews with parents of children with disabilities as well as children’s librarians who provide early literacy services in public libraries. They will share their studies’ main findings and offer their thoughts on inclusive spaces, services and programs in public libraries serving children and families. This presentation may be of particular interest to those studying inclusive education, early childhood development, early literacy, and librarianship.

Everyone is welcome.

Jo Kaeding is a doctoral candidate with the University of South Australia. Jo is also a children’s librarian with the Adelaide Hills Council where she works as a programs team leader, responsible for children’s, youth and adult programs throughout the library service. Jo is a current committee member of the Australian Libraries and Information Association Children’s and Youth Services. More about Jo’s emerging research and publications can be found at her blog librarylionsroar.weebly.com

Tess Prendergast is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Tess also works as a children’s librarian in Vancouver and teaches courses in youth library services at Langara College and at the iSchool, UBC. She has published several articles and chapters about early literacy, and blogs about her ongoing projects at inclusiveearlyliteracy.wordpress.com