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									                                 BETSY DIAMANT-COHEN, DCD
                                                 6620 Chippewa Drive
                                                 Baltimore, MD 21209

                                                betsydc@gmail.com
                                                  October 28, 2011


                                                 EDUCATION:

D.C.D., Doctorate of Communications Design, University of Baltimore, 2005
      Dissertation: Mother Goose on the Loose: A Communications Strategy for an Early Literacy
      Library Program
              My doctoral project involved creating a working prototype of a wizard for planning high-quality
              children’s programs. Built into the system is a structure and format that reflect my interpretation of best
              programming practices based on brain research, integrating repetition, music, movement, developmental
              tips, positive reinforcement, promotion of bonding between adult and child, and play. This online
              construction kit also creates community through shared databases and chat rooms.
M.L.S., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1983
B.A., Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1980
       Thesis: The Library as an Institution for Social Change: Social Growth and Development of
       Children Though Utilization of Library Programs
            Graduated Magna Cum Laude with High Honors in Sociology
            Dean’s List every semester
Certified Instructor, MotherRead/FatherRead® literacy program, Baltimore, Maryland, 2005
Certified Instructor, Your Baby Needs Music®, Jerusalem, Israel, 1989
            Graduated with distinction


                                    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Mother Goose on the Loose, LLC, Baltimore, MD
       Mother Goose on the Loose is an early literacy program which I developed in the late 1980s. It
       incorporates best practices for developing school readiness skills in children from birth to the
       age of three with a parent or caregiver.
Executive Director, 2005– Present
 Provided training and support for children’s librarians and daycare providers throughout the United
   States, at conferences and for library systems.
 Wrote, recorded, and published training material including a book, programming packet, and CDs.
 Developed Spanish and Hebrew language early literacy programs based on Mother Goose on the
   Loose.

Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, MD (part-time)
       Port Discovery is a children's museum that provides experiences which ignite imagination,
       inspire learning, and nurture growth through play..
Early Childhood Specialist, November 2008- present
 Ushered in a change in the museum's focus from school age children to children from birth to age
   age six.
 Trained floor staff in child development, brain research, and principles of early childhood
   education.
 Suggested exhibit modifications and participated in discussions regarding design and fabrication.
 Worked on marketing campaign for “Wonderful Wednesdays” for children under age six.
 Created “scripts” for use in adapted exhibit spaces.
 Developed new signage designed to improve parent understanding and participation.
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
       The Enoch Pratt Free Library consists of a large central library in downtown Baltimore with
       twenty-one branches throughout the city. It serves a diverse population and has a history of
       strong children’s services.
Children’s Programming Specialist, July, 2002– November, 2008
 Successfully implemented system-wide programming through Fairy-Tale Festivals and Children’s
   Book Week celebrations.
 Collected and recorded anecdotal data as well as hard statistics for evaluation of programs.
 Provided one-on-one and group training and support for children’s librarians.
 Shared expertise by publishing articles, and presenting at conferences and statewide meetings.

The Exploration Center, Baltimore, MD
       The Exploration Center opened in 1998 as part of the Enoch Pratt Free Library located inside
       of Baltimore’s Children’s Museum, Port Discovery. The library served local residents, museum
       visitors, and staff through creative programming, distribution of library cards, circulation of
       books, and reference assistance until its closure in June 2002.
Manager, December 1998 – June 2002
 Hired to fill a new position with goal of supplying vision and direction for public library/museum
   collaboration.
 Directed all aspects of the library, supervised staff, and managed budget.
 Developed new partnership opportunities.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
       The Israel Museum is the National Museum of Israel. The Ruth Youth Wing houses two floors
       of exhibition space, a program room for crafts using recycled materials, classrooms, an
       auditorium, and a library for illustrated children’s books.
Librarian of the Ruth Youth Wing, (part-time) 1986 – 1998
 Initiated, managed, and implemented English language programs, policies and procedures, utilizing
   the library collection and museum exhibits.
 Developed the Mother Goose on the Loose early literacy program.

Gan Horim Dovrei Anglit, Jerusalem, Israel
       This parent-run nursery school for English speaking children ages 3-5 had three teachers; two
       English speakers and one Hebrew speaker.
English-speaking teacher, (part-time, three days a week) 1991-1997
      Expanded educational program, led circle times, taught songs, and initiated art activities.
      Disciplined and comforted children.
      Spoke with parents about children’s progress, needs and concerns.

CAJE (Coalition for Alternatives in Jewish Education), Jerusalem, Israel
  Co-director, Summer Camp Program, 1996
     Storytime Presenter for daycare groups and summer camp, 1988

Public Libraries in New Jersey.
       Children’s Librarian,
       Metuchen Public Library, 1985 -1986
           Organized town-wide poetry festival and storytelling contest in partnership with local
              elementary school librarians.
           Applied successfully for community programming grants.
            Placed strong emphasis on maintaining effective, working partnerships with schools,
             community groups, neighborhood, planning groups, civic groups, and user groups.
           Wrote Summer Reading Club puppet show, performed throughout central New Jersey.
       The East Brunswick Public Library, 1983- 1985
           Presented storytime on cable television.
           Trained children and youth in puppetry.
       Township of Ocean Public Library, 1981-1982
           Presented programs, performed reference work and collection development.



                                            PUBLICATIONS:

MONOGRAPHS:
Diamant-Cohen, Betsy & Melanie Hetrick. Transforming Preschool Storytime: A Modern Vision and
      Year of Programs. New York: Neal-Schuman, anticipated date: 2012.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy. Crash Course in Library Services to Preschool Children. Santa Barbara, CA:
      Libraries Unlimited, 2010.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy, ed. Children's Services: Partnerships for Success. Chicago: ALA Editions:
      June 2010.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy, Early Literacy Programming en Español: Mother Goose on the Loose
      Programs for Bilingual Learners. New York: Neal-Schuman, September 2010.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy and Saroj Ghoting. The Early Literacy Kit: A Handbook and Tip Cards.
      Chicago, ALA Editions, October, 2009.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy, and Selma Levi. Booktalking Bonanza: Ten Ready-to-Use Multimedia
      Sessions for the Busy Librarian. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2008.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy. Mother Goose on the Loose: A Handbook and CD-Rom Kit With Scripts,
      Rhymes, Songs, Flannel-Board Patterns, and Activities for Promoting Early Childhood
      Development. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2006.


                                          ARTICLES:

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy, Tess Prendergast, Christy Estrovitz, Carrie Banks, and Kim Van der Veen.
      “We Play Here! Bringing the Power of Play Into Children’s Libraries.” Children and Libraries
      10:1 (2012): 3-10, 52.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy and Anne Caldéron. “A Warm Home at the Library: Baltimore’s Outreach to
      Spanish-speaking Families.” American Libraries 40:12 (2009): 41-43.

Moynihan, Nora, and Betsy Diamant-Cohen. “Impacting Communities Through Museum
      Partnerships.” Hand to Hand: Association of Children's Museums Summer (2009): 15-16.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy and Cherie Stellacio. “Do a Duet: Partnering for Programming.” Public
      Libraries 47:6 (2008): 11-14.
Diamant-Cohen, Betsy and Maureen Farley. “What Do You Do Dear, What Do You Say Dear?”
      Children and Libraries 5:3 (2007): 47-48.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy and Dorothy Valakos. “Promoting Visual Literacy Through Mother Goose on
      the Loose.” Public Libraries 46:2 (2007): 47-54.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy. “First Day of Class: The Public Library’s Role in “School Readiness.”
      Children and Libraries 5:1 (2007): 44-52.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy, Ellen Riordan, and Regina Wade. "Make Way for Dendrites:
      Applying Recent Findings in Brain Research to Children's Programs in the Public
      Library." Children and Libraries 2:1 (2004): 12-20.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy. “Mother Goose on the Loose: Applying Brain Research to Early Childhood
      Programs in the Public Library.” Public Libraries 43:1 (2004): 41-45.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy, and Dina Sherman. “Hand in Hand: Museums and Libraries Working
      Together.” Public Libraries 42:2 (2003): 102-105.



                    EDITORIAL WORK, EVALUATION, AND REVIEWS:

Reviewed manuscripts for ALA Editions (2006- 2009)
Reviewed manuscripts for Neal-Schuman Publishers (2006-2009)
Peer reviewer for Public Libraries (2003 – present)
Peer reviewer for Children and Libraries (2005-present)
Reviewer, IMLS National Leadership Proposals, Library and Museum Collaboration (2001 & 2002)
Reviewed children’s books, videos, games, and software for DATAJEM database (1997-1999).
Book reviewer, North Central Jersey Book Review Committee (1983-1985)


                                   HONORS AND AWARDS:

       Member, ALA Editions Advisory Committee                                         2006- 2009
       Outstanding Volunteer Supervisor of the Year, Enoch Pratt Library               2005
       Identified as a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal                           2004
       Author of Public Libraries “Best Feature Article”                               2004
       Godfrey Award for Excellence in Public Library Services for Families            2002
                and Children, presented for Mother Goose on the Loose
                 (wrote proposal and accepted on behalf of EPFL)
       Named “All-Star Librarian” by the Baltimore Sun                              1999
       Citation by MD Governor Paris Glendenning for encouraging children to read   1999
       Polaroid Award for Honors Community Research                                 1980



                              PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
American Library Association (ALA)
       Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
                 Appointed as Member of the Liaison with National Organizations Serving Children
                  and Youth Committee for a 2-year term, 2011-2013
       Public Library Association (PLA)
               Appointed to Evaluation Committee for Communities of Practice, 2009-2011
               Appointed to Nominating Committee, 2008 – 2010
               Appointed to Services to Preschool Children and Their Caregivers Committee,
                  2007 – 2009
               Appointed to Services to Elementary School Age Children and Their Caregivers
                  Committee, 2002 - 2006
The American Association of Museums (AAM)
Maryland Library Association (MLA)
       Children’s Services Division Committee, 2002 - 2009
               President, 2006-2007
               Vice-President, 2005-2006
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)



                                           TEACHING:

Continuing Education Instructor, Simmons College, Boston, MA. 2009– present.
        Mother Goose on the Loose: Full Day Class

Instructor, Education Institute, The Provincial and Territorial Library Association of Canada. 2006–
        2009.
         Mother Goose on the Loose: One hour audio course
         Rethinking Preschool Storyime: One hour audio course

Instructor, Center for Jewish Education, Baltimore, MD. January 2008.
         Imma Avaza: Early Literacy Circle Times in Jewish Daycare Settings: Three week early
            literacy course for Jewish daycare providers and teachers

Instructor, Baltimore Free University at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Fall 2003
         Mother Goose on the Loose for Daycare Providers: Fun Ways to Build a Baby’s Brain:

Designed and presented a series of topical workshops for The State Library Regional Consortium
on the following topics:
    From 2001-2010:
         Emergent Literacy
         Library Programming
         System-wide Programming
         Partnerships Between Public Libraries and Non-profit Organizations
         Providing Good Customer Services
         Book Talking
         Writing for Professional Journals
         Using Non-Fiction Books in Preschool Storytime
    From 1995 – 2000:
         Your Baby Needs Music
         Storytelling
         Making Picture Books Come Alive for Preschoolers
Guest lecturer, The College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
       July 29, 2003
        Children’s Services in an Urban Public Library

Guest Lecturer, Loyola College, Timonium, MD. February 21, 2001
        Programming for Very Young Children in the Public Library

Guest lecturer, Talpiot Teachers Seminary, Tel Aviv, Israel. February 1998
        Bringing Books Alive: a three class seminar

Instructor, Empire State College, Jerusalem, Israel, 1997
         International Children’s Literature: designed and taught a course to an independent student
         Children’s Programming and Development: designed and taught this course
         Evaluated materials from courses taught abroad

Guest lecturer – Three classes each summer sponsored by the Association of Volunteers in Israel, Beit
       Berl College, Kfar Saba, Israel. August 1996, August 1997, August 1998
                How to Use Books with Children

Instructor, Ann’s House Adult Education Center, Jerusalem, Israel. Spring 1989
         Children’s Literature
         Bibliotherapy



                       INVITED PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS:
                        INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL & REGIONAL


Presenter, American Library Association (ALA) Conference
   Chicago, IL, June 2011
        The Power of Play

Presenter, American Library Association (ALA) Conference
   Chicago, IL, June 2010
        Bang for Your Buck: Partnerships That Save Money and Are Easy to Replicate

Presenter, American Library Association (ALA) Conference
   Chicago, IL, June 2009
        Beyond Macaroni Necklaces

Presenter, Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) Conference
   Baltimore, MD, October 2008
        Playing Around with Books

Presenter, Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Conference
   Salt Lake City, UT, September 2008
         Serving English Language Learners: Outreach, Programming, and Best Practices for
           Preschoolers and Their Families
Presenter, Early Learning with Families Conference (ELF), Sacramento, CA, October 2007
        Mother Goose on the Loose

Presenter, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Leadership Institute, Pittsburg,
       PA, September 2006
        Designing Dynamic School Age Programs

Presenter, Indiana Library Association, Indianapolis, IN, November 2007
        Preconference: Mother Goose on the Loose Training Workshop

Keynote speaker, Beginning with Books Early Literacy Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 6, 2006
       Early Literacy Programming

Presenter, Correctional Education Association (CEA) International Conference and Training
       Symposium, Baltimore, MD, June 2004
        Mother Goose on the Loose Goes to Prison

Panelist, Texas Library Association (TLA). San Antonio, TX. March, 2004
        Emergent Literacy: A Valuable Beginning

Panelist, The International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) Annual Conference, Richmond,
       VA, August 2003
        Branches to Bridges

International Museum Showcase Presenter, Hands on, Europe! Annual Conference: Playing to
        Learn? The Educational Role of Children's Museums, London, England, November 2001
         Building a New Kind of Community: The Enoch Pratt Free Library and Port Discovery

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Annual Conference,
       Boston, August 2001
        Libraries and Museums: Cooperative Programming for Children - Presenter
        Hand in Hand: Collaborative Projects Between Public Libraries and Museums – Poster
          session

Association of Youth Museums (AYM) Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, May 2001
        A Place for Literacy – Moderator and Panelist
        True Romance: Libraries and Museums – Round table discussion leader




                SELECTED NATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:


Presenter, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Washington, DC,
       November 2009 (upcoming)
        An Adaptable Program Model for Spanish-speaking Children and Families: Mother Goose
           on the Loose en Español

Presenter, National Association for Family Child Care Providers (NAFCCP), Baltimore, MD, July
       2009
        Circle Times that Incorporate Best Practices in Children's Brain Development
Presenter, National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), Chicago, IL, October 2007
        Consider the Public Library

Presenter, Public Library Association (PLA) Conference, Boston, MA, March 2006
        Trit-Trot to Boston

Presenter, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): 14th National
       Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, Miami Beach, FL, June 2005
        Mother Goose on the Loose: Implementing Brain Research into a Thirty-Minute Program
           for Children from Birth to Age Two.

Panelist, American Association Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, May 2001
        There's Strength in Numbers: Partnering for a Better Community
        Win-Win Solutions: Partnerships that Work

Panelist, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Up the Leadership Ladder
       Conference. Baltimore, MD. October 2000
        Museum/Public Library Partnerships: A Winning Combination for Children and Families

Poster Session Presenter, Association of Youth Museums (AYM) in collaboration with the
       Institute for Civil Society, Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD, May 2000
        Non-Fiction Relationships: Museum and Library Collaborations


                   SELECTED REGIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


Presenter, Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS). Baltimore, MD, November 2008
        Playing Around With Books (anticipated)

Presenter, Maryland Association of School Librarians/Maryland Library Assoication
       (MASL/MLA). Ellicott City, MD, October 2008
        Booktalking Bonanza

Presenter, Maryland English Language Learning Family Involvement Network (MELLFIN),
       Parent Involvement Seminar, Baltimore, MD, June 2008
        Buena Casa, Buena Brasa – A Warm Home At the Library

Presenter, Maryland Library Association Annual Conference. Ocean City, MD.
        Bienvenidos A Su Biblioteca - Welcome to Your Library - May 2007
        Booktalking - May 2004
        School Age Programming Pizzazz - May 2003

Presenter, Maryland Library Association "Kids are Customers, Too" Conference. Columbia, MD.
        Contingency Planning for Difficult Situations – October 2007
        Storytime Spectacular - October 2005
        How Do You Say “Story” – Bilingual Storytimes for Everyone - September 2003
        Library Programs for Infants and Toddlers - October 2000
Presenter, Maryland Library Association Children’s Services Division (CSD) Western Maryland
       Conference. Frederick, MD, November 2003
        Program This! More Ideas from CSD

Presenter, Maryland Educational Media Organization (MEMO). Hunt Valley, MD, October 2006
        Getting Steamed Up About the Blue Crab Award

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) Annual Conference,
   Presenter, Baltimore, MD, October 2005
       Mother Goose on the Loose: Connecting Words and Pictures in Museums and Libraries
   Presenter, Harrisburg, PA, November 2000
       Hand-in-Hand: Museum/Public Library Collaboration

Presenter, Caring Connections Nurturing Positive Pathways for Children, Families &
       Communities Statewide Conference, Lithicum Heights, MD, October 2003
        Public Libraries Promote Brain Development

Presenter, Baltimore Infants and Toddlers Interagency Coordinating Council Early Intervention
       Conference. Baltimore, MD. May 2003
        Community Programs for 0-3 and Beyond

Presenter, Early Intervention and Early Childhood Conference. Maryland State Department of
       Education. Baltimore, MD. December 2001
        Enhancing Early Literacy Through Public Library Services – and it’s FREE.

								
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