Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper
For Immediate Release
February 24, 2009
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is making applications available to institutions interested in hosting the 2010 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture to be delivered by Kathleen T. Horning, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC). Each year, an individual of distinction in the field of children’s literature is chosen to write and deliver a lecture that will make a significant contribution to the world of children’s literature.
Host site application forms can be downloaded at www.ala.org/alsc; click on the link under “Breaking News.” Completed applications are due May 1. Information about host site responsibilities is included in the application materials. The lecture traditionally is held in April or early May.
“The Arbuthnot Lecture provides a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of children's literature on both a regional and national basis. Hosting a prestigious individual in the field of children’s literature allows a community to come together and celebrate the joy of reading and children's books,” said Kristi Jemtegaard, chair of the Arbuthnot Selection Committee. "Kathleen Horning will make a distinguished addition to the already distinguished list of Arbuthnot Lecturers, and the selection committee looks forward to reviewing host applications to find just the right venue for this distinctive occasion.”
Three threads clearly run through Horning’s long and distinguished career: freedom to read and open access to information for young people; the continued struggle to produce a body of authentically multicultural literature for young people in the United States; and the need to provide clear practical training for both new and experienced librarians, especially with regard to evaluating (and setting high standards for) literature for young people.
As director of the CCBC, Horning coordinates a non-circulating examination, study and research library for books, ideas and expertise in the field of children's and young adult literature. In addition to her work with CCBC, Horning is a reviewer, lecturer, and author. Her book, “From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books,” was called “an excellent guide to analyzing books” by School Library Journal. Horning is a past president of ALSC and of the United States Board on Books for Young People. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.