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Webinars – 2007

During the original ELF initiative in 2006-07, library staff around the state participated in a variety of webcasts featuring experts in the fields of psychology, child development, early learning, and pediatrics. These presentations have been archived for repeated viewing and sharing with colleagues and community partners.

Scientist in the Crib: How Children Learn

Alison Gopnik, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley. Author, The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us about the Mind

Alison Gopnik, Ph. D.

Dr. Gopnik shares her research on the cognitive development of infants and toddlers. She illustrates their tremendous capacity to learn at very young ages, through surprising and remarkable case studies. (4-part series):

  1. How Babies Know (36:23)
  2. Understanding Language (8:18)
  3. Learning the World's Causal Structure (9:21)
  4. Implications for Practice (4:54)

Mother Goose on the Loose

Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Executive Director, MGOL & Children's Librarian

Betsy Diamant-Cohen

Watch an engaging presentation by Betsy Diamant-Cohen as she demonstrates her research-based early learning program, Mother Goose on the Loose.™ (2-part series):

  1. Experiencing Mother Goose on the Loose (38:39)
  2. Underlying Concepts that Inform MGOL (16:34)

Additional resources include:

  1. Mother Goose Visual Literacy Article (PDF)
  2. Mother Goose Sample Session (PDF)

Family Place: From Children to Families & From Presenting to Facilitating

Kathleen Deerr, National Coordinator, Family Place Libraries, Middle Country Public Library

Kathleen Deerr

Learn about the innovative and nationally recognized Family Place™ model for providing early learning library environments and experiences for families with young children. See an actual Parent/Child Workshop and hear parents' comments on its impact. (4-part series):

  1. Parent Child Workshop as Part of Family Place Libraries (40:21)
  2. Parent Child Workshop in Action (6:47)
  3. Overview of Family Place Libraries (29:31)
  4. Impact of Family Place Libraries (4:09)

Emotional Development in the Early Years: Challenges and Opportunities for Nurturing Successful Learners

Joshua Sparrow, M.D., Director of Special Initiatives, Brazelton Touchpoints Center & Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

Joshua Sparrow, M.D.

Dr. Sparrow shares his insights, research, and knowledge about how to promote healthy child development and family engagement through utilizing the Touchpoints™ approach. Learn how to effectively support families during their child's early years. (6-part series):

  1. Supporting Family Strengths through Touchpoints (29:20)
  2. The Importance of Attachment (22:27)
  3. The Role of Self-Regulation (4:30)
  4. Mutual Regulation between Child & Caregiver (8:37)
  5. Understanding & Supporting Parents (5:29)
  6. Learning Language (1:59)

Additional resources include:

  1. Emotions and Emotional Communication in Infants (PDF)
  2. Understanding Stress in Children (PDF)
  3. Touchpoings Model of Development (PDF)

Touchpoints: From Research to Caregiving to Advocacy (53:27)

T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Joshua Sparrow, MD

T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Founder, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School & Professor of Psychiatry & Human Development at Brown University Joshua Sparrow, MD, Director of Special Initiatives, Brazelton Touchpoints Center & Asst. Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

Drs. Brazelton and Sparrow explore the important role and challenges of parents and share their insights into how libraries can support families with young children through the Touchpoints approach. Touchpoints can deepen our understanding of child development and help us to identify specific strategies for providing nurturing and educational library environments that strengthen families.

Implementing Early Learning in California Libraries (44:02)

Penny Markey, Coordinator of Youth Services, County of Los Angeles Library Heather Tovey, Children's Librarian & Carey Gross, Literacy Coordinator, Butte County Library Nancy Pickett Wood, Children's Librarian, Beaumont Library District Christy Estrovitz, Early Literacy Specialist, San Francisco Public Library Janis O'Driscoll, Coordinator of Youth Services, Santa Cruz Libraries.

Talented California librarians share their experiences, challenges, and strategies for implementing effective ELF programs that serve and support families with young children. This panel presentation was originally given at the 2006 ELF conference.

ELF's Partner: Library Literacy Services (4:52)

Jacquie Brinkley, Library Programs Consultant, California State Library.

Learn about California Library Literacy Services and their importance as collaborative partners in delivering ELF services. This presentation was originally given at the 2006 ELF conference.