The Louise Seaman
The Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children's librarians to spend a month or more reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville. The Baldwin Library contains a special collection of 85,000 volumes of children's literature published mostly before 1950. The fellowship is endowed in memory of Louise Seaman Bechtel and Ruth M. Baldwin and will provide a stipend of $4,000.
How to apply for the 2008 Bechtel Fellowship
The application for the 2008 Bechtel Fellowship can be downloaded from the link below under "Related Files." Or, to request a hard copy of the application, please mail your request to ALSC Professional Awards, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, or send an e-mail request to email@example.com .
The deadline to submit an application is December 3, 2007.
Candidates must have the following qualifications to be considered:
- Personal membership in the Association for Library Service to Children.
- Currently working in direct service to children, or retired members who completed their careers in direct service to children. If selected, retired Fellowship winners would agree to present a minimum of three public programs based on their research project to children in libraries or schools following the completion of their Fellowship period.
- At least 8 years professional experience in direct service to children.
- A graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program.
- Willingness to write a report about his/her study. The report will be submitted to the ALSC Office for distribution to the Bechtel Committee and for possible inclusion in Children and Libraries, and to the Director of the Smathers Libraries and the Director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature and Media at the University of Florida.
Applications must include the following:
- A description of the topic of study for the fellowship period.
- Demonstration of ongoing commitment to motivating children to read.
To ALSC Professional Awards Main Page
2008 Bechtel Fellowship - Application Form (Word Document)