Batchelder Award Evolution Task Force

Charge

To consider the award’s stated purpose, Mildred Batchelder’s intent in promoting translated books for children, the impact of the award to date, and current realities and trends in the publishing market (as related to publishing translated children’s literature); and to recommend a current framework for the award’s purpose.  
 
The task force may additionally recommend to the board any specific changes to terms, definitions and criteria deemed necessary for the award to fulfill this purpose.  Any such recommended changes must include thorough exploration of potential impacts to budget and organizational capacity.
 
Among questions to explore and address, the task force should include (but is not limited to) questions raised by the 2017 Batchelder Award Committee regarding the terms, definitions, and criteria of the award (AC 2017 Board Doc 22, cited in Resources).

Roster

Carol K. Phillips (Chair, August 14, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Monica Edinger (Member, August 14, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt (Member, August 14, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Kay M. Weisman (Member, August 14, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Dr. Junko Yokota (Member, August 14, 2017, to June 30, 2018)

Displaying active committee roster as of 10/20/2017. Last retrieved on 10/20/2017. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.

Resources

Batchelder Award Questions (AC 2017 Board Doc 22)
Recording of Mildred Batchelder from 1987, discussing the inception of the award and “substantial text.”
Batchelder Award Manual (currently under revision; ALSC Awards Liaison will provide most recent working copy).
ALSC Awards Liaison (Courtney Jones)
PGC Caitlin Jacobson

Composition

The Batchelder Evolution Task Force consists of five (5) members including a chair. It is supported by Priority Group V, Awards.

The task force will meet virtually. The task force chair will be required to attend the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference in order to attend the Leadership and ALSC meeting, orientation and other meetings for the relevant committees, and to report on the task force’s work to the ALSC Board. Task force members will not be required to attend conferences; however, the task force may meet face-to-face at Midwinter and/or Annual conferences if there is need and consensus among members.
 
Term of appointment: Immediately (August 2017) through the end of the 2018 Annual conference (June 2018).

Origin

Created in 2017 at the request of the ALSC Board of Directors

Get Involved

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Staff Liaison

Courtney Jones
312-280-5839