ALSC launches inaugural William C. Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training at Midwinter 2008

Aimee Strittmatter
ALSC Deputy Director

For Immediate Release
September 19, 2007

ALSC launches inaugural William C. Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training at Midwinter 2008

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) is seeking applications and nominations for its first-ever “Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training,” to be held on Friday, January 11, 2008, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
This invitational seminar supports and honors William C. Morris’ dedication to connecting librarians, and ultimately children, with excellent children’s books.

Current ALSC member leaders will train and mentor new members and those with limited evaluation experience in order to prepare prospective candidates for future service on ALSC media evaluation committees. Participants will learn book evaluation skills as well as how to conduct and participate in effective group discussions.
The inaugural biennial seminar will focus on children’s book evaluation with future seminars to incorporate evaluation of other types of media for children, including audio and video.

Morris was a long-time ALSC member and friend, the recipient of the first ALSC Distinguished Service Award, and an advocate for children’s librarians and literature.
The ALSC William C. Morris Endowment was established in 2000 and activated in 2003 upon the death of Morris, former vice-president and director of library promotion at HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Morris envisioned his endowment funding programs, publications, events, and/or awards that would promote excellence in children’s literature.

Funds from the Morris Endowment will support those selected to attend the training seminar by offering the seminar at no charge to attendees.
This includes all materials, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon break on Friday.
To help defray additional costs for hotel and other expenses, a $200 stipend for each attendee will be provided from the Morris Endowment.

Information, the application form, and instructions on how to nominate a candidate are available on the ALSC Web site at, click on "Events & Conferences" or call at 800-545-2433, x2164. Attendees selected to attend the seminar will be notified during the first week of November.

The Association for Library Service to Children is a network of more than 4,
200 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work with children.