For immediate release | May 2, 2011

Dr. Carolyn S. Brodie elected ALSC 2012-2013 president

CHICAGO - Dr. Carolyn S. Brodie, professor, Kent (Ohio) State University, School of Library and Information Science, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

"I am excited to have the opportunity to further serve the ALSC membership and to be a part of the dynamic leadership team of the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children," Brodie said. "We are living in challenging times as ALSC continues to lead, support and energize our membership to work together toward an environment where 'libraries are recognized as vital to all children and their families.'"

Dr. Brodie received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science in 1988 from Texas Woman's University, Denton, and has been an ALSC member for 22 years. She is currently serving a second term on the ALSC Board of Directors and also has been a member of several ALSC committees, including the Newbery (2000 Chair) and Caldecott, among others. From 2006-2009, she was an ALA councilor-at-large and served as Ohio’s ALA chapter councilor from 1996-2004. She received the 2008 American Library Association’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award that is given to a librarian whose "unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession."

Outside of ALA, Dr. Brodie has been active in the Ohio Educational Library Media Association and the Ohio Library Council. She has been a prolific author of professional books, chapters, articles and more than 300 columns and articles in "School Library Monthly" (formerly "School Library Media Activities Monthly") since September 1989. In addition, she has presented hundreds of workshops on topics related to children’s and young adult librarianship and information literacy. Dr. Brodie has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than 15 grants, totaling more than $6 million dollars from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and other funding sources. She is the director of the Reinberger Children’s Library Center, the Marantz Picturebook Collection and the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth. Dr. Brodie received the 2005 Kent State University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Three members were elected to serve on the ALSC Board of Directors: Ernie Cox, Iowa City, Iowa; Lisa Von Drasek, Bank Street College of Education, New York; and Jan Watkins, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library.

The newly elected vice president and board members will be seated to the ALSC Board of Directors in June 2011, at the close of the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Individuals elected to serve on the 2013 Newbery, Caldecott and Sibert Committees are:

2013 Newbery: Virginia Collier, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Roswell, Ga.; Amber Creger, Woodson Regional Library/Chicago Public Library; Roxanne Feldman, The Dalton School, New York; Jos Holman, Tippecanoe County Public Library, Lafayette, Ind.; Caroline Kienzle, Seminole, Fla.; Amy McClure, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio; Elizabeth Moreau, Mountain View Branch Library, Anchorage, Alaska; and Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills (Calif.) Public Library.

2013 Caldecott: Elise DeGuiseppi, Pierce County Library, Tacoma, Wash.; Nancy Johnson, Singapore American School, Singapore; JoAnn Jonas, San Diego County Library; Miriam Martinez, University of Texas, San Antonio; Kiera Parrott, Darien (Conn.) Library; Carol Sibley, Minnesota State Library, Moorhead; Maida Lin Wong, South Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library; and Nancy Zimmerman, University of South Carolina, Columbia.

2013 Sibert: Martha Baden, Alice Boucher World Languages Academy, Lafayette, La.; Linda Ernst, King County Library System, Bellevue, Wash.; Carol Goldman, Queens Library, Jamaica, N.Y.; Toby Rajput, National-Louis University, Skokie, Ill.; and Dean Schneider, Ensworth School, Nashville, Tenn.

Three proposed ALSC Bylaw changes that also appeared on the spring ballot were approved. For details about the changes, visit

Julie Corsaro, current ALSC president, has appointed the following award committee chairs: Steven Engelfried, Hillsboro (Ore.) Public Library, 2013 Newbery Award Committee chair; Sandy Imdieke, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich., 2013 Caldecott Award Committee chair; and Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Silver Spring, Md., 2013 Sibert Award Committee chair. Mary Fellows, current ALSC vice president/president-elect, will appoint the remaining members of these three committees, as well as the members of ALSC’s other prestigious award committees this fall.

ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,200 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit their website at


Laura Schulte-Cooper