About the Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award
The Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association annually to recognize the best essay written in English on library history. The award is named in honor of the distinguished nineteenth-century librarian, historian, and bibliographer who was also ALA's first president. It consists of a certificate and a $500 cash award, as well as an invitation to have the winner's essay considered for publication in Information & Culture: A Journal of History. If the winning essay is accepted for publication, additional revisions may be required.
McQueen is an assistant professor in the Library Science Program in the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University.
Sharon McQueen received the Justin Winsor Prize for her essay "The Feminization of Ferdinand: Perceptions of Gender Nonconformity in a Classic Children’s Picture Book." The award committee found this paper to be well-written, well-researched and engaging, placing the publication in a broad context and of demonstrating the book’s social and cultural influence. This essay will appeal to those interested in topics as wide ranging as histories of readership, children’s literature, LGBTQ issues and library collection development.