The Digital and Traditional Storytimes Research Project: Using Digitized Books for Preschool Group Storytimes


  • Lauren Collen


Picture books for children are now available in digitized format, and questions arise as to how, when, and by whom these digital books will be used. Librarians, who already evaluate print, audio, and video materials for children, will need to begin evaluating the use of digitized books in programming for young children.

Questions to consider include whether this new computer-based technology can become an accepted educational tool; what, if any, differences might occur when using a digital book versus a traditional book; and, whether a new type of group storytime can be created - a digital storytime - and how that can be conducted in a library or preschool setting.

Author Biography

Lauren Collen

Lauren Collen has a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Wayne State University and a master's degree in library and information science from Dominican University; in 2005 she was awarded the C. Berger Entrepreneurial Promise Award. She is a youth services librarian at the Niles (Ill.) Public Library District outside of Chicago, where she does storytelling, creates and conducts programs for babies, preschoolers, and school-age children, and does graphic design and mural displays as the artist for the youth services department. She is at work on her first picture book.