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BETSY DIAMANT-COHEN, DCD 6620 Chippewa Drive Baltimore, MD 21209 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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