Distinguished Service Award

This award honors an individual member of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and/or ALSC.  The recipient receives $1,000 and an engraved pin at the ALSC Membership Meeting during ALA Annual Conference.

Current Distinguished Service Award Winner
Previous Distinguished Service Award Winners

Hear 2011 ALSC Distinguished Award winner Dudley Carlson read her acceptance speech at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference (audio, 6 min, 34 sec).

Watch 2012 ALSC Distinguished Award winner Linda Perkins give her acceptance speech (redirect to YouTube) at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference (video, 9 min, 47 sec).

Watch 2014 ALSC Distinguished Award winner Susan Roman give her acceptance speech at the 2014 Annual Conference (video, 5 min, 44 sec).


  • The nominee should be an individual who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library services to children and to the Association for Library Service to Children.


  • The nominee and the individual making the nomination must be personal members of ALSC as well as ALA; organizational members are not eligible
  • Individuals nominated my be chosen from any facet of library services to children
  • The nominee may be a practicing librarian in a public or school library, a library or information science educator, a member of the library press, or an editor or other employee of a publishing house
  • The individual may be retired

How to nominate

The ALSC Distinguished Service Award committee has selected the 2015 Distinguished Service Award Winner. If you are interested in nominating an ALSC member for the 2016 award, the form will be available soon. 

Announcement of the Winner

The 2015 Distinguished Service Award winner is Kathleen T. Horning. Nominations for the 2016 Award open soon!

Committee resources

Distinguished Service Award Manual (PDF)
Distinguished Service Award Manual (Word)