Hear Ye! Hear Ye! | May 2019

Member News 
ALSC/ALA News: Summer Online Courses | Arbuthnot Host App Deadline | Send Suggestions for 2020 Awards | Nominate for Distinguished Service Award | CSK Donation Grant Recipients | Green-Themed Books for Kids | Updates from Committee on Organizational Effectiveness 
Field Notes: REFORMA Honored by Carle Museum | New Resource on Diversity in Youth Lit | US Nominees for 2020 Andersen Awards | World Video Game Hall of Fame

Member News 

Beverley, Burton, Thompson and Corey - left to right. Photos courtesy of Matt Lawrence Photography and Tonia BurtonHeather Love Beverley (Educator), Cook Memorial Public Library District, Libertyville, Illinois; Tonia Burton (Community Builder), Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, New York; Heather Thompson (Educator), Kenosha (Wisconsin) Public Library; and Skye Corey (Community Builder), Meridian (Idaho) Library District, were named 2019 Movers & Shakers by Library Journal. These four ALSC members are among 54 individuals chosen as Movers & Shakers--people who are shaping the future of libraries. This year's Movers & Shakers will be celebrated during the ALA Annual Conference in June. We are proud to count you as ALSC members! -- Photos 1, 3 & 4, to left above: Matt Lawrence Photography; Photo 2: Courtesy of Tonia Burton

Eboni Henri entertaining a young student with puppetsEboni Henry, District of Columbia Public School, Washington DC, has been elected to serve on the ALA Executive Board. She will serve a three-year term beginning in July 2019. Eboni, a school media specialist, has served on ALA Council since 2013 and on numerous ALA committees and roundtables. Congratulations, Eboni!

Sue Ann PekelSue Ann Pekel, Bentonville (Arkansas) Public Library, is the 2019 winner of the Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children. The award will be presented at the ALA President’s Program, Sunday, June 23, at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Congratulations, Sue Ann!

Judi MoreillonJudi Moreillon, Tucson, Arizona, has been named the 2019 winner of ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award, which recognizes a librarian whose contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession. Judi is being honored for her exemplary contributions to the fields of literacy and school librarianship. Kudos, Judi!

Sondra Eklund, City of Fairfax (Virginia) Regional Library, is the 2019 recipient of the Allie Beth Martin Award, which recognizes a public librarian for demonstrating a range and depth of knowledge about books and other library materials as well as the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Sondra maintains a book review blog and has personally reviewed more than 3,000 titles. After serving on the 2019 Newbery Award Selection Committee, she also started a Newbery Book Club for young readers at her library. Hats off to Sondra!

Back to top

Book Club Reboot coverStephanie Saba, San Mateo County (California) Libraries, has co-authored Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists, with Sarah Ostman. Published in cooperation with ALA’s Public Programs Office, this resource profiles dozens of successful book clubs across the country, providing a diverse cross-section of ideas for rethinking reading groups. 

Create, Innovate, and Serve coverKathleen Campana, Kent State University Information School, Ohio, and J. Elizabeth Mills, University of Washington Information School, have co-authored Create, Innovate, and Serve: A Radical Approach to Children's and Youth Programming, now available from ALA Neal-Schuman. Emphasizing an inclusive approach to programming that incorporates research-based theories and frameworks, this text will be a valuable orientation tool for LIS students as well as a holistic guide for current children and youth services professionals.

Shira Pilarski, Farmington (Michigan) Community Library, and Alice Erickson, MLIS student, University of Washington, Seattle, are recipients of 2019 conference scholarships from ALA to attend their first Annual Conference! The awards help defray travel costs and other related expenses. We look forward to meeting you in DC, Shira and Alice! 

Back to top

Summer Online Courses from ALSC 

ALSC Online LearningALSC's Summer course offerings will include:

Contemporary Issues in Action: Ethics for Librarians
Full STREAM Ahead: How to take Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to the Next Level with Maker Kits
Postmodern Picturebooks: Changing Minds for Life
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy  
Storytelling with Puppets

Courses begin the week of July 8. For course descriptions and registration information, click on the individual links above. Registration opens soon!

Back to top

May 15 Deadline for Arbuthnot Host Site Applications! 

Neil GaimanHurry! The host site application deadline for the 2020 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Neil Gaiman is May 15. The lecture will take place in April or early May 2020--on a date to be arranged at the mutual convenience of the lecturer and the host institution. The application form is online and includes further information about host site responsibilities.  

Media Awards & Notable Children's Books - Send Us Your Suggestions

ALSC personal members are welcome to suggest titles for the 2020 media awards and Notable Children's Books list. An online submission form for each award is available at the webforms page. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2019, with the exception of the Children's Literature Legacy Award. Please submit Legacy suggestions by May 31, 2019. For more information about each award, visit www.ala.org/alsc and click on “Awards, Grants & Scholarships.”

Back to top

Who Inspired You? ... The 2020 Distinguished Service Award

Think back to when you were starting as a young professional or serving for the first time on an ALSC Committee.  Who was there to provide an example on what serving children and families could mean in your community?  Who made an impact on your professional life, whose presence continues to resonate for you?

The 2020 Distinguished Service Award Committee is seeking such an individual for the award. Further information on the criteria and nomination form is available online

Questions?  Please contact Mary Beth Dunhouse, 2020 DSA chair, or speak with a DSA Committee member: Shelley Diaz, Doris Gebel, Debra Gold, or Susannah Richards.

Back to top

CSK Donation Grant Recipients Named 

The Kane County Juvenile Justice Center (Illinois), Main Street Academy (North Carolina) and the NIA Community Services Network (New York) have been selected to receive books as part of the 2019 Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards Donation Grant program. Awarded each spring by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the program donates books originally submitted for consideration for the CSK Book Awards to organizations demonstrating need and potential benefit from receiving the collection. This year's winners will receive copies of titles submitted for consideration for the 2019 Awards, including a full set of the year’s winner and honor books. 

To learn more about the grant, visit the donation program webpage.

Back to top

ALA announces 2019 Top 10 Sustainability-Themed Children's Books List 

In celebration of Earth Day, ALA’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is pleased to release its first annual Top 10 Sustainability Themed Children's Book List for 2019. Covering books published in 2018, the SustainRT list highlights five picture books and five nonfiction books for children (K-3) about the environment, playing in nature, gardening, and more.

The Picture Book list includes:

Under the Same Sky book coverOcean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan (Simon & Schuster)
The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Hachette Australia)
Run Wild by David Covell (Viking)
Sometimes Rain by Meg Fleming (Beach Lane)
Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup (Caterpillar)

The Nonfiction Book list includes:

All That Trash by Meghan McCarthy (Simon & Schuster)
Dig In!: 12 Easy Gardening Projects Using Kitchen Scraps by Kari A. Cornell (Millbrook)
Going Wild by Michelle Mulder (Orca)
If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams (Roaring Brook)
Turtle Pond by James Gladstone (Groundwood)

For more information about the book list, visit the SustainRT resources webpage.

Back to top

SCOE Updates 

To help members stay informed of its work, ALA's Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE) has established an online community in ALA Connect designed to be a repository for committee documents, presentations, webinar recordings, and other notes.

Since its formation in June 2018, SCOE has been working to collect information about the strengths and opportunities posed by ALA’s current structure from stakeholders across the organization. In June, SCOE expects to present draft recommendations to staff and members to review. Visit the ALA Connect space to follow developments. 

Back to top

REFORMA Honored by Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 

REFORMA—the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking was among the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art's 2019 Carle Honors Honorees, which celebrate the exceptional work that individuals and organizations have done to enrich the world of children’s books. 2019 Honorees will be awarded at Guastavino’s in New York City in September. For more information about the honors, visit the museum website.

New Resource: Research on Diversity in Youth Literature 

The St. Catherine University (St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota) MLIS Program announced in March that Part 2 of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL) 1.2 is available. The peer-reviewed, online, open access journal is hosted by the MLIS Program and St. Kate’s Library. It is co-edited by MLIS Associate Professor Sarah Park Dahlen at St. Catherine University and English Associate Professor Gabrielle Atwood Halko of West Chester University. 

RDYL was created as an effort to diversify discussions regarding youth literature and media. It does this by creating space for emerging scholars and undervalued scholarship to dialogue with other voices from the interrelated fields of librarianship, education, literature, communication, publishing and more. The resource is available at the St. Catherine University website.

Back to top

Woodson and Say: US Nominees for IBBY's Andersen Award 

IBBY logoAuthor Jacqueline Woodson and illustrator Allen Say are the US nominees for the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Awards. The award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children's books. Given every other year by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the HCA Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children's literature. For the 2020 Awards, 34 authors and 36 illustrators have been nominated from 39 countries.

The 2020 Jury, selected by IBBY's Executive Committee from nominations made by its national sections, includes ten distinguished members from across the globe, who will be lead by Jury President Junko Yokota, an ALSC member. 

Back to top

Most Influential Video Games 

Photo of games, courtesy of The Strong®, Rochester, New YorkColossal Cave Adventure, Microsoft Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, and Super Mario Kart have been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The four inductees span multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms, but all have significantly influenced the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general. For more information about the winners and the Strong Museum, visit their website.

Back to top