Youth Literature, Culture, and Services

Analyzing library and information practices, preferences, and play for children, youth, tweens, and teens

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App Authors: Closing the App Gap II

Time frame
2014-Present
Investigators
Deborah Stevenson, Kate McDowell
Total funding to date
$248,205.00
Funding agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services

The focus of this three-year, multisite project is development of app-based curricula and tools for use in school and public libraries. These tools will teach children aged eight to twelve how to build their own apps, providing them with early programming experience, and allow them to share their creations with other children. The project further establishes libraries as places to engage youth…

Children, Comics, and Print Culture

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
Carol Tilley
Total funding to date
$19,036.00
Funding agency
University of Illinois Research Board

This project expands Tilley’s investigation of comics from the perspective of readers, a much-neglected group in both contemporary and historical research. Comics readership among young people peaked in the mid-twentieth century with levels reaching near 100%, yet there has been little scholarly investigation of this phenomenon. Funding for this project will enable archival research trips and…

Mapping Information Access

Time frame
2013-Present
Investigator
Emily Knox

Mapping Information Access is a collaborative academic research project to study and understand the landscape of information access and availability in public schools and libraries in the United States.

There are more than 18,000 public school districts and more than 9,000 public library systems in the US. Each of these institutions is as a central node of information access for the…

Something Beautiful: Social Justice, Empathy, and Cultural Competence in Children’s Books

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigator
Nicole A. Cooke

Picture books, such as those in the Marantz Collection (Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science), play an important role in developing literacy in our library users—from traditional literacy (as it relates to reading), to visual literacy, to cultural literacy. Exposing patrons of all ages to the messages contained in children’s literature can have lasting and…

The Education of Things: Mechanical Literacies in British Culture (1760-1860)

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigator
Elizabeth Hoiem

This project examines writers who represent education as an embodied experience, with learning and literacy grounded in what they called “object learning” or “the education of things.” Denouncing rote-learning in favor of an induction method, object lessons promised to coordinate the development of body and mind by using the pupil’s senses as a catalyst for higher cognitive thought. Children…

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