Located within the university’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), the center is in the process of building an historical collection of the best children’s and young adult literature from around the world, as well new books submitted by publishers, and additional titles selected as resources for teachers and librarians.
The center, which seeks to serve educators, scholars, researchers, librarians, teachers, and parents–also plans to host a Website of literature-based resources for librarians, teachers, and parents, providing access to theInternational Children’s Digital Library, and serving as a permanent home for the Children’s Reading Round Table of Chicago.
GSLIS was established in 1930 and is one of the largest master’s degree programs in the country. The American Library Association-accredited school boasts four full-time faculty with expertise in children’s and young adults’ literature.
The center is funded in part through the Butler Family Foundation and is a partnership between the GSLIS, the School of Education, and the Rebecca Crown Library.