Carolyn Brodie named Scholastic Library Publishing Award Winner

Contact: Cheryl Malden
Program Officer
For Immediate Release,
April 8, 2008

Dr. Carolyn S. Brodie named Scholastic Library Publishing Award winner

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Carolyn S. Brodie is the recipient of the 2008 Scholastic Library Publishing Award. The award will be presented Tuesday, July 1, during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. It is bestowed on a librarian whose extraordinary contributions to promoting access to books and encouraging a love of reading for lifelong learning exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession. Brodie will receive a citation and $1,000 prize, donated by Scholastic Library Publishing.

Brodie has devoted her career to children's literature and youth librarianship. Her expertise and passion have influenced and inspired children's librarians and school librarians in Ohio and across the country, who have then passed this on to the countless children they serve. Brodie holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in educational media from the University of Central Arkansas, a master's degree in library science from the George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University and a master's degree in educational administration and a doctorate in library and information science from Texas Women's University.

Dr. Brodie serves as a professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, where she received the 2005 Kent State University Distinguished Teaching Award. Through much of her career at Kent State, Brodie has collaborated with colleague and mentor, Dr. Greg Byerly. Her numerous accomplishments include:

  • Creating the Reinberger Children's Library Center at Kent State, which consists of a state-of-the-art classroom and videoconferencing facility for students interested in reading, children's literature and youth librarianship inside a functioning children's and young adult library<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
  • Obtaining the Marantz Picture Book Collection, which consists of more than 21,000 donated picturebooks to be placed in the Reinberger Children's <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Library Center
  • Serving on and chairing a variety of committees with the American Library Association and Association for Library Services to Children, including the Newbery, Caldecott and Notable Children's Books committees, the ALSC Board of Directors and the ALA Council.
  • Being named a School Library Journal "Mover & Shaker" with Dr. Greg Byerly in 2003
  • Principally or co-principally investigating more than 15 grants representing more than $5 million from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and other funding sources for educating hundreds of public and school librarians serving youth
  • Co-principally investigating a United States Department of Education (USDE) grant and an IMLS grant , which together disbursed more than $2.75 million in federal funds, to create the now nationally recognized Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education (ILILE)
  • Co-directing the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth at Kent State University from 1989 to the present
  • Writing extensively on children's literature, youth librarianship and school libraries.
  • Presenting hundreds of workshops and programs on youth literature, information literacy and librarianship.

“Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books,” said chair Lynn Moses “and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, creates a multitude of products, both in print and online, for the school and public library market under the imprints of Grolier, Children's Press, Franklin Watts and Grolier Online.”

The deadline for submission of applications for the 2009 Scholastic Library Publishing Award is Dec. 1. Guidelines, and application forms are available on the ALA Web site:

Members of the 2008 Scholastic Library Publishing Award Jury are: Lynn M. Moses (Chair), Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pa.; Julie Cummins, retired, Canandaigua, N.Y.; Anne Elizabeth Heidemann, Canton Public Library, Canton, Mich.; Dora Ho, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, Calif; and Patty Wong, Yolo County Library, Woodland, Calif.