I am Joanne de Groot. I have a PhD in Elementary Education and an MLIS from the University of Alberta. My dissertation work focused on children’s experiences with public library summer reading programs. This research is important because it investigated the intersection of schools, public libraries, and children’s home reading lives.
I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. I also teach at the University of Alberta’s School of Library and Information Studies, as well as for the University of British Columbia and San Jose State University. My teaching areas include school libraries, public library services for youth, children’s literature, resources for children and young adults, educational technology, Web 2.0, reading, and collection management.
My research interests include teacher-librarianship education, distance learning and online teaching, and services for children and young adults in libraries. I am also interested in issues related to reading in schools and professional development opportunities for teacher-librarians. One current research project will investigate pre-service teachers’ experiences reading digital texts.
In my non-work life, I am a wife and a mom. I love to read and take our dog for walks. I am a novice runner and a lapsed quilter. I am a coffee addict and can usually be found in my sunny home office, drinking coffee and working on my computer.