Reinberger Children's Library Center Mission & Goals
The goal of the Reinberger Children’s Library Center and the Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art is to build diverse collections of children’s literature spanning geographic, cultural, physical, technological and temporal borders — from historical books for children to contemporary literature for young people.
The collections also demonstrate the processes involved in producing, publishing and marketing such literature over time, from evolving means of production to differing constructions of childhood. In addition, the state-of-the-art Center provides opportunities to study connections between literacy, reading and digital technologies, which is valuable for practitioners as well as scholars.
The Center’s purpose is threefold:
- To support and encourage scholarly research within its collections;
- To provide professional training to students and practitioners; and
- To engage in activities and outreach to the community and beyond.
The collections are of interest to interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners from such fields as youth services librarianship, school library media, children's literature, education, English, communication, media studies, design, and others interested in studying youth literature, publishing, young people and reading in both an historical and contemporary context.