iSchool, University of British Columbia
Dr Tess Prendergast has worked as a children's librarian for over two decades and she has a PhD in literacy education. Her doctoral dissertation research explored early literacy in the lives of children with disabilities and their families. She is interested in the role that librarians play in diverse communities and her work highlights the impact that public libraries have on people's lives.Tess has published several articles and chapters, presented workshops and participated in conference programs on various library and literacy topics for many years. She has been on multiple ALSC committees, including the 2016 Caldecott committee and she will begin her term on the ALSC membership committee in June of 2018. Tess received the 2018 Young Adult and Children's Services Award from the British Columbia Library Association in recognition of her exemplary public library work with vulnerable families as well as her ongoing mentorship of emerging children's services librarians and library technicians. In addition to working as a children's librarian, she teaches youth services courses within the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the iSchool, UBC and Langara College's Library and Information Technology diploma program, both in Vancouver, Canada.
Sunday, June 24
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Monday, June 25
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM