ALSC Bechtel Fellowship winner announced

Contact: Meredith Parets


For Immediate Release

February 7, 2003

ALSC Bechtel Fellowship winner announced

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce that Mary Humphrey has been selected as the 2003 recipient of the Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s librarians to spend a month or more reading and studying at the Baldwin Library, part of the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida in Gainesville, which 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 provides a stipend of $4,000.

Humphrey plans to study Heroic Quest Tales in Fairy Tale and Folk Literature at the Baldwin Library.
She intends to use the research in the programs she conducts for children, teachers and other librarians.

Humphrey is the library media specialist at West Genesee Camillus School District, Camillus, N.Y. She considers the hero/heroine archetypes presented in fairy tales and folklore literature to be engaging and powerful role models for children. She will search for folklore that embodies specific characteristics showing successful quests in diverse cultural settings.

Members of the 2003 Bechtel Fellowship Selection Committee were: Karen Nelson Hoyle, chair, Children’s Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis; Adele R. Bennett, Brentwood (N.Y.) Public Library, Brentwood, Margery S. Cuyler, editor, Princeton, N. J., Sana P. Daliva, Kahului (Hawaii) Public Library, and Kathy East, Wood County District, Bowling Green, Ohio.

More information can be found at the
Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship Web page.