Dr. Margaret Mackey – SLAIS Colloquium Series

Title: Moving Experiences: Children’s Literate Lives in a Mobile Ecology

Location: Lillooet Room, Room 301, 3rd Floor, IBLC, UBC

Time: 12 pm – 1 pm

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at University of British Columbia, is pleased to welcome Dr. Margaret Mackey, Professor Emerita, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta as a speaker in our Winter 2017 Colloquium program.  She is speaking Thursday, March 30, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the topic of “Moving Experiences:  Children’s Literate Lives in a Mobile Ecology.”

The talk will be given in the Dodson Room (Room 302), located on the 3rd floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC.  Registration is not necessary and the talk is open to all interested members of the community. Light refreshments will be served.

Description of the talk:

A recent British survey (Childwise Monitor, 2017) shows that children now spend more time online than watching television.  63% of children between 5 and 16 now own their own mobile phone, and 73% can now access the Internet from their bedroom.  YouTube is a central source for entertainment and instruction; time spent reading books is dropping.

It sounds like an alarmist scenario to some, yet many children’s authors and illustrators take advantage of the cross-media sophistication of their audience in radical ways.  This presentation will explore the new ecology in which children’s literate experiences are grounded.


Margaret Mackey is Professor Emerita in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.  She publishes widely on subjects concerning young people’s literacies and literatures, in print and other media.  Her most recent book is One Child Reading:  My Auto-Bibliography (University of Alberta Press, 2016).