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Contact:  Cheryl Malden
Program Officer
For Immediate Release
April 17, 2007

Dr. Eliza T. Dresang named 2007 Scholastic Library Publishing Award winner


CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Eliza T. Dresang is the recipient of the 2007 Scholastic Library Publishing Award. The honor will be presented Tuesday, June 26, 2007, during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, and is bestowed on a librarian whose extraordinary contributions to promoting access to books and encouraging a love of reading for lifelong learning exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession. Dresang will receive a citation and $1,000 prize, donated by Scholastic Library Publishing.


Dresang has devoted her career to books and children. Her Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age (1999) is a staple of children’s literature curricula and has directly influenced countless librarians and teachers and the children they serve. Dr. Dresang’s philosophy of inclusiveness and equal access was voiced clearly in her article, “There Are No Other Children: Special Children in Library Media Centers” (1977), which was reprinted as one of the best of the past fifty years in a School Library Journal volume in 1996. Dresang holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Throughout her career, Dresang has demonstrated her commitment to the twenty-first century child’s right to equal access to knowledge, to diverse literature in which the child is represented, and to a literature that speaks in both content and form to the child’s unique ways of knowing and reading. Dr. Dresang’s revolutionary viewpoint has had a significant impact on professionals in a variety of literacy-related fields, and continues to do so as she guides future professionals as they develop. Dr. Dresang currently serves as a professor in the School of Information at Florida State University where she has been named both Outstanding Faculty Member and as the Eliza Atkins Gleason Professor. Her numerous accomplishments include:

  • Writing extensively on books and youth
  • Serving as one of eleven advisors to the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries
  • Presenting and reading papers worldwide, advocating for books and youth
  • Serving on and chairing a variety of committees with the American Library Association, Association for Library Services to Children, and Young Adult Library Services Association including the Batchelder, Caldecott, Jane Addams, Newbery, and Batchelder Award Committees
  • Helping shape the now well-known and prestigious Pure Belpré Award, presented biennially to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth  

“Dr. Dresang has enriched the lives of countless librarians by her passion for children, books, and teaching as evidenced by the many professional accomplishments she has achieved throughout her career. She is very worthy of receiving this prestigious award,” said Lydia M. Acosta, jury chair.


Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, creates a multitude of products, both in print and online, for the school and public library market under the imprints of Grolier, Children's Press, Franklin Watts, and Grolier Online.


The deadline for submission of applications for the 2008 Scholastic Library Publishing Award is December 1, 2007. Guidelines and application forms are available on the ALA Web site:


Members of the 2007 Scholastic Library Publishing Award Jury are:   Lydia Acosta (Chair), East Baton Rouge Parish Library; Nancy Cope, Heron Creek Middle School, North Port, Fla.; Anne Elizabeth Heidemann, Canton Public Library, Canton, Mich.; Susan Z. Melcher, librarian, Louisville, Ky.; and Lynn M. Moses, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Harrisburg, Pa.