Children's Books in the Digital World: The Bigger Picture for Our Graduates

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Claire Clemens, Instructional Services/Reference Librarian (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: This paper highlights a unique pilot program to test the utility of providing award-winning children’s literature in e-book format at an academic library. A high demand for quality PreK–12 literature exists at many institutions offering teacher education programs. Books whose authors or illustrators win one of the two oldest American children’s book awards are often assigned as class readings and many are placed on reserve each semester. In a time of tight budgets, it became an issue of how best to supply the demand for certain titles. E-books were considered as a viable, low-cost solution to provide the greatest access to these high demand materials. The Access Services Librarian analyzed circulation statistics of the award-winning titles, evaluated e-book vendors, and purchased e-book copies. In collaboration with the Education Librarian, e-books were tested in the School of Education, and the participants surveyed to determine their overall experience with e-books and their reactions to children’s picture books, in e-book form. The findings describe the effectiveness, convenience, and practicality of accessing and reading juvenile books in this format, as well as patron preferences for print versus electronic and the benefits of the technology experience for university students. What had initially started as a practical plan to stretch budget dollars while improving access, yielded greater lessons and unexpected insights into teaching and learning with technology.

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Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference 2015.
Language: English
Date: 2015
Caldecott Medal, ebooks, children's literature, teacher education, technology literacy, higher education

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