Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand
- Program Terms: Summer B-Term
- Budget Sheets: Summer B-Term
|Location||Wellington, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia|
|Academic Term||Summer Quarter (B-Term)|
|July 11- August 11, 2018|
|Estimated Program Fee||$5,550|
|Credits||6 UW credits|
|Program Directors||Michelle H. Martin; Annette Goldsmith|
|Program Manager||Katherine Kroeger | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 31, 2018|
|Information Sessions||Friday, December 1, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, January 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm - Both in Mary Gates Hall 258
If you cannot make either of the meetings either in person or online (via Zoom), please contact the directors to schedule a time to talk with them about the program.
|General||This program will explore the children’s and young adult literature of New Zealand and Australia through hands-on experiences in libraries, museums, bookstores and with children from the local areas we will visit. The course will focus on both the Australasian canon of books for young people and diverse texts from different cultures and backgrounds in each country.|
This program will take place in Wellington, New Zealand and Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. The reason for choosing these locales is that children’s literature traditions are alive and well in Australia and New Zealand, and because the evolution of this literature has been quite different from that of the US and the UK, it is worthy of study. We will visit libraries with substantial, internationally-renowned children’s literature collections--both historical and modern; bookshops with children’s literature programming; children’s book publishers; university archives where we can also study preservation processes in a more in-depth way (and have some hands-on experiences in that area); theatre performances; and we will also visit with one or more children’s/Young Adult authors whose work deals with diverse topics in Australasian Children’s Literature. We will start by attending and participating in the biennial conference of the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research, which will take place at Victoria University of Wellington. This conference attracts scholars from around the world and will afford the MLIS students unique opportunities for networking with students, professionals, and academicians from many countries. The conference theme is “Houses of Learning: Education in Children’s Literature and Children’s Literature as Education.” This professional development opportunity will enable students to connect what they know about American children’s literature with wider international literary conversations. Victoria University of Wellington has a Master of Information Studies (MIS) Program as well as a doctoral program in Children’s Literature, and plans are in development for connecting the students from these programs with UW students to exchange ideas and perhaps create some additional professional development as well. Online students are encouraged to apply.
Wellington, New Zealand Melbourne, Australia Sydney, Australia
These hotels are near the sites where we will be, can accommodate 3-4 students per room, have free wifi, cooking facilities and are in safe areas.
1. Ava Lodge, 42-44 Cuba St Petone Lower Hutt 1-866-599-6674 (near Wellington, NZ)
2. Docklands Private Collection of Apartments, New Quay, Shop 7, 198 Harbour Esplanade Docklands VIC 1-866-599-6674 (near Melbourne, Australia)
3. Veriu Camperdown, 84-86 Parramatta Road Camperdown NSW 1-866-599-6674 (near Sydney, Australia)
Extensive walking and some biking will be a part of the program, so a basic level of physical fitness will be required.
6 UW Credits
Explores the historical and contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature of New Zealand and Australia through interaction with libraries, archives, literary sites, bookstores, literacy organizations and professional development programs in Wellington, Melbourne and Sydney.
Today, many MLIS students are learning how to shape reading practices for future generations of children. It is therefore critical to prepare these students with a deeper knowledge of where children’s literature has come from historically and how children’s books and media may be used most effectively to encourage children and teens from diverse backgrounds to engage with literature and story. This will provide students with a broader perspective on the profound difference books and reading can make in the lives of children and teens.
This course will introduce students to Australasian Children’s Literature through hands-on and interactive experiences with children’s literature, libraries, museums, repositories, internationally renowned children’s literature collections, and through face-to-face professional development time with librarians, scholars, writers, and champions of children’s literature, who both study the literature and implement innovative children’s programming. The class will spend time in children’s literature archives at Victoria University of Wellington, the State Library of Victoria, Baillieu Library at University of Melbourne, and the New Zealand National Library, which will give students the rare opportunity to learn about the evolution of the genre through viewing historical and contemporary texts and learning how they have evolved over time. The class will participate in professional development activities and tour some of the most popular children’s literature sites in these two countries. Students will also interact with children and professionals through local service learning projects.
Learning goals include:
Students will gain hands-on experiences with historical and contemporary children’s materials that will enable them to explore the living history of children’s literature in New Zealand and Australia;
Students will engage with diversity through studying mainstream and traditional readings alongside those that focus on diverse populations, by interacting with authors whose work highlights diverse characters, and by reading critically, always asking questions such as “Who is left out?” and others;
Students will gain a broader international perspective regarding diversity and programming in children’s and YA literature and media--through engagement with a variety of texts but also through participating in an international Children’s Literature conference;
Students will gain an appreciation of the art of adapting literature to other forms of media, such as films, theatre, and thematic museum exhibitions, like Wellington’s Lord of the Rings Locations tour;
Students will gain an appreciation for the importance of primary source materials as well as an understanding of current archival and preservation processes through their experiences in the children’s literature archives;
Students will have the opportunity to provide service to local communities through the production and delivery of Read-a-Rama® programs for the public and through a service learning project with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation in Australia.
Michelle Martin is the Beverly Cleary Professor for Children & Youth Services in the Information School, where she teaches Children's & Young Adult Literature courses in the MLIS program. Committed to research about diverse children’s literature, she is the author of Brown Gold: Milestones of African-American Children’s Picture Books, 1845-2002. For her first UW Exploration Seminar, she taught 15 students in “Wizards, Whangdoodles & Whizzpoppers: Children’s Literature in the UK.”
Annette Goldsmith, first guest faculty and now lecturer in the iSchool for a total of seven years, is an international youth literature scholar. She is the lead editor of Reading the World’s Stories: An Annotated Bibliography of International Youth Literature (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), the fifth volume in a series of standard reference books, which includes a substantial section on children’s literature resources in Australia and New Zealand.
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