ALSC Distinguished Service Award
Throughout her career, Scales has been a passionate advocate for children’s intellectual freedom. She works to educate librarians, teachers and parents on how to talk about books and teach life lessons through sharing books.
Scales’ involvement with children, libraries and ALSC spans 38 years. She served as ALSC President in 2008-2009 and also served as chair of many ALSC award committees, including the Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder award committees. “My first ALA was in 1977, and I learned at that conference that ALSC was my professional home,” said Scales. “My work with intellectual freedom has been for the thousands of students that I have served and the youth of this nation who deserve the right for free expression in its many forms. ALSC has given me the platform for this work.”
As an authority on censorship and children’s literature, she has published three books and is a contributor for Random House, School Library Journal, and Book Links. She has also been called upon as an expert witness by ALA to defend the Library Bill of Rights in book challenges.
“Pat Scales is not only a champion for children’s freedom to read,” said chair Katrina Hartz Taylor, “but she is also a champion for the teachers, librarians, and authors who provide the array of books that children need in order to grow and understand their world.”
ALSC is pleased to honor Pat Scales with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award.