In addition to the required course in Research Methods in the MLIS program, I am fortunate to be able to teach in an area that draws both on my professional experience (twenty years as a children's librarian) and my research interests: LIS 9361 Materials for Children [birth to 7 years], LIS 9362 Materials for Children [8 - 12 years] and LIS 9365 Library Services for Children and Young Adults. I also teach in the PhD program, most recently an Advanced Seminar in Information Behaviour. Components of my teaching that I particularly enjoy are helping to develop new Children's Librarians and, through the PhD program, mentoring new scholars.
My core research area focuses on the intersection of public libraries, children and reading. I am especially interested in bringing children's voices into this discussion and inquiry. I also have a substantial body of work related to research methods, with an emphasis on qualitative approaches.
Selected Representative Publications
McKechnie, Lynne (E.F.) (2011). There are no happy endings: Representations of children in Holocaust memorials and museuems and Holocaust-themed children's literature. Paper given at the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, New York, June 2011.
McKechnie, Lynne (E.F.) and Isajlovic-Terry, Natash. (2011). "I don't think they should stop you." (Emily, 9 years): Children's views of censorship. Honorable Mention, ALISE/LMC Youth Services paper award, ALISE 2011. Under review by Children and Libraries.
McKechnie, Lynne (E.F.), Heidi Julien, Shelagh Genuis, and Tami Oliphant. (2008). Communicating research findings to library and information science practitioners: A study of the ISIC papers, 1996 - 2006. Information Research: An International Journal, 13(1) (published proceedings of ISIC 2008, Vilnius, Lithuania, September 17 - 19, 2008).
McKechnie, Lynne (E.F.) (2007). "Spiderman is not for babies" (Peter, 4 years): The boys and reading problem from the perspective of the boys themselves. Canadian Journal of Library and Information Science 32(3).
McKechnie, Lynne (E.F.). (2006) Observations of babies and toddlers in library settings. Library Trends 55(1): 190 - 201.
Ross, Catherine S., Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie, and Paulette M. Rothbauer. (2006). Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals About Reading, Libraries and Community. Westport, CN: Libraries Unlimited.
McKechnie, Lynne (E.F.). (2004). "I'll keep them for my children" (Kevin, 9 years): Children's personal collections of books and other materials. Canadian Journal of Library and Information Science, 28(4): 73 - 88.