This book presents practical new approaches for extending children's library services beyond the library building, utilizing technology to bring learning to children wherever they may be.
Today's young children interact with the world in vastly different ways than in the past; in a typical day, 83 percent of children aged 0–6 interact with electronic media. New technologies have changed the learning and entertainment options available—and preferred—by students and their parents as well.
The ways in which we communicate, learn, and interact have changed drastically in the last decade, and this worldwide revolution applies to the youngest members of society as well. Today's books and learning materials are being presented and used in new and different ways. From the toddler's first boardbooks to the young teen's conversations on Facebook, children are interacting with print and media rather than passively listening or viewing. Libraries can contribute to this interactive world by inviting children to take an active role in their library collection and library service experiences.
This book examines the impact of new technologies on children's experiences of books and libraries, and demonstrates how librarians can adapt to new technologies and integrate library services into the lives of today's children. From Boardbook to Facebook: Children's Services in an Interactive Age draws on current research to illuminate how children's use of media has changed in recent years and suggests ways in which new technologies can be integrated into library services now and in the future.
• Illustrations present examples of websites for children's departments and pictures of children's departments
• A bibliography provides references and suggested information sources
• Provides constructive suggestions for integrating books and library services into the lives of today's media-saturated children
• Illustrates practical ways to give a children's department a vital online presence
• Offers pointers on the skills librarians need in today's integrated environment