Winter 2019: Early Literacy and Library Websites

This month we’re looking into the Inclusivity category. The article we selected investigates how Canadian public libraries share early literacy information on their public websites with a specific look at how different community groups are invited to participate.


Prendergast, Tess. “Growing Readers: A Critical Analysis of Early Literacy Content for Parents on Canadian Public Library Websites.” Journal of Library Administration. 2013, Volume 35, p234 -254. Download article here.

Discussion Group Meeting

Sunday, March 31st from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The Vancouver group will be meeting at the Athlete’s Village Housing Co-op Common Room located at 151 W 1st Ave. Please email us for more details.

Discussion Questions

Here are some suggested discussion questions to think about when reading through the pieces.

Critical Appraisal:

  • What were the key objectives of the article? Are the objectives relevant to libraries?
  • What conclusions did the authors come to and were they just?
  • What were the strengths/weaknesses of the piece? (I.e. Was there bias? Did they use credible sources? Were their data gathering methods sound?)

Current Practice:

  • Critique the early literacy messages on your library’s public website.
  • What phrases or key words are you using to be inclusive to all of your community members?
  • Is there anything you would change about your library’s public website after reading this article?

Can’t Make It To the Meeting?

There’s lots of ways to get involved! Participate online: share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #lscjournalclub. Find a local group or try hosting a journal club meeting in your local community. Let us know about it so we can spread the word. If you set up a local group, test your presentation skills by leading the discussion.

Leave a comment here with any questions or your thoughts about the articles.

Reflection Pieces