Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Media Mentorship in Storytime and Beyond: Supporting Newborn to Five-Year-Olds and Their Families

Instructor: Claudia Haines

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Combining the latest research and day-to-day experiences from a variety of library settings, this course provides an in-depth look at media mentorship and how to support families with young children in the digital age. Topics covered will include early literacy, family engagement, diversity, and the digital divide. Coursework and discussions will cover the three types of media mentorship: media advisory and evaluation, programming (storytime) and supported access to curated content.

After taking this class, successful participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of a media mentor
  • Be familiar with and use current research to establish guidelines for developmentally appropriate and intentional use of new media within their library's programming for children.
  • Evaluate and select new media for use with young children
  • Apply previous experience and new knowledge to program design using new and traditional media.
  • Identify opportunities for supporting diversity, inclusion, and equitable access with new media in the library
  • Recognize strategies for empowering parents as media mentors

Expectations: This class is four weeks of content. There WILL be homework during the fourth week which will be due by the end of the fifth week. Although there are individual differences, you may expect each week to take 3 - 4 hours of work which includes the readings, watching the presentations, participating in forums, and submitting assignments.

This course is part of our Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Claudia Haines

Claudia Haines leads dynamic toddler, preschool and family storytimes, hosts maker programs, and gets great media into the hands of kids and teens as the Youth Services Librarian and media mentor at the Homer Public Library (Alaska). She trains other librarians as media mentors and serves on both local and national committees that support families and literacy. She is the co-author of the Association for Library Service to Children's white paper on media mentorship and the book Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families. She blogs at and has written for multiple other sources on the topic of media mentorship and literacy.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.