Library Trends 65 (1) Summer 2016: Library Services for the Early Years


Library Trends 65 (1) Spring 2016: Library Trends 65 (1) Summer 2016: Library Services for the Early Years edited by Carolynn Rankin.

Early childhood is high on the political agenda globally, and the political dimension relating to issues around the child and the family is complex. Policymakers have been interested in the importance of social capital, deprivation, and community cohesion, but there are also concerns around the level of reading skills in contemporary society. There is increasing knowledge about the significance of the first five years of life for intellectual, social, and emotional development. This new knowledge and understanding about child development has highlighted the needs of babies and toddlers, which can be incorporated into providing appropriate services and resources by librarians who specialize in supporting the needs of the early years and young children (Rankin & Brock, 2015). This issue of Library Trends discusses the challenges and opportunities associated with the provision of public library services for young children between birth and age 5, often referred to as the “under-fives.”

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