2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

Debbie Reese to deliver 2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

photo of Dr. Debbie ReeseBlogger and educator Debbie Reese, PhD, founder of American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) blog, will deliver the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The announcement was made today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Feb. 9–13, in Denver, Colorado. 
“Our selection of Dr. Reese recognizes her strong modeling of inclusion, integrity and respect (ALSC Core Values) via the timely insights she shares on the influential blog, American Indians in Children’s Literature,” stated 2019 Arbuthnot Committee Chair Barbara A. Genco.  
Dr. Reese is a longtime advocate for Native representation and is a former teacher and university professor. She earned her PhD in Education from the University of Illinois, where she also helped establish the Native American House and American Indian Studies program. Dr. Reese also holds an M.Ed degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She is tribally enrolled at Nambe Owingeh Pueblo in New Mexico.  

Application Process to Host the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

ALSC members are invited to submit their proposal to host the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Debbie Reese. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Please download the overview document (MS Word) for details including the criteria the committee considers. You may use this as a basis to create your draft proposal. Please also review the host site checklist (MS Word) to get a better understanding of the host site's responsibilities.

The actual application should be submitted using the online form. [Application Link closes May 15, 2018

Overview

Originally established with funding from Scott Foresman to honor May Hill Arbuthnot, the lecture is now funded and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association.

The selected site will host Debbie Reese. She is a longtime advocate for Native representation and is a former teacher and university professor. Dr. Reese earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois, where she also helped establish the Native American House and American Indian Studies program. She also has an MLIS degree from San Jose State University. Dr. Reese is tribally enrolled at Nambe Owingeh Pueblo in New Mexico.

Criteria for selecting the host institution for the Arbuthnot Lecture

  • There is no single factor that prevails over any other factor in selecting the host institution for the Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.  Rather, the committee charged with the selection responsibility will consider a combination of factors, including:
  • Reasons for application. Special reasons for applying such as particular interest in the work of the lecturer; an applicant’s expression of the educational goals of his or her community; a special celebration, etc.
  • Site. The relation of a potential site to places and institutions that have previously acted as hosts with an emphasis on identifying varied sites from all of North America.
  • Facilities. The appropriateness, both in terms of capacity and accessibility.
  • Administrative support. The organizational and administrative capabilities of the person or group submitting an application evident in the enclosed proposed budget and partly manifested in the presentation of the application itself. Please note that ALSC will contribute $2,000 in financial support to the host site selected.
  • Cooperation with other organizations. The extent to which meaningful cooperation among various local or area groups would suggest an ability to share responsibilities as to personnel, time, and money needed to cover local expenses.
  • Lecture visibility. Emphasis on the lecture as a distinctive event publicized to and open to all potential attendees in the region is a priority for each Arbuthnot Lecture.

Responsibilities of the host institution

  • To act as host for the May Hill Arbuthnot Lectureship in April or early May 2019, the date to be arranged at the mutual convenience of the lecturer and the host institution.
  • To arrange and pay for the local expenses of the lecturer.  If a display of the lecturer's published works (e.g., books, articles, etc.) is arranged, it will be at the host's expense, not the lecturer's. The Arbuthnot Fund covers only the honorarium ($5,000) and travel expenses for the lecturer to and from the host city.
  • To arrange and pay for a reception, dinner, or other hospitality honoring the speaker following the lecture and to pay for all local lodging, meals, taxis, etc. of the lecturer.  As mentioned above, ALSC will contribute $2,000 to the selected host site to be used to offset expenses.
  • To prepare and distribute regional publicity. ALA will issue national press releases.  Further local and regional publicity is the responsibility of the host institution, including the production of any print program or other promotional materials.
  • The lecturer is not to be invited to give any talks the week preceding the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture at the host institution or in the immediate vicinity.  The lecturer is responsible for presenting the Arbuthnot Lecture only.  If applicable, autographing and sale of books may be arranged with the publisher by the host institution.  Any other programs/events (other than those promoting the lecture) must be arranged with the lecturer's publisher(s) or agent, must be arranged with the lecturer's knowledge and permission, must be funded separately, and must occur no sooner than one day following the lecture. All programs/events/activities must appear on a master schedule available in advance to the committee chair, the Association for Library Service to Children office, and the lecturer.
  • Please review the host site checklist (MS Word) for additional details.


Please complete your application using the online form by May 15, 2018.
 

View 2019 Lecturer Announcement Press Release

Members of the 2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee are: Chair Barbara A. Genco, consultant, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Ernie J. Cox, Prairie Creek Intermediate School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Julie Dietzel-Glair, Baltimore, Md.; Rebecca D. Heard, Chicago Public Library; and Kiera Parrott, Library Journal/School Library Journal, Brooklyn, N.Y.