Kate McClelland elected ALSC vice-president

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper

Program Officer, ALSC

(312) 280-2165



For Immediate Release

May 19, 2008

Kate McClelland elected ALSC vice-president

CHICAGO – Kate McClelland, youth services librarian at Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, Conn., has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). She officially assumes office at the end of the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

McClelland believes that as some traditional library services fade, service to children remains fundamental and, in an age of change, ALSC must be as innovative as its individual members and as dynamic as the children served.

“ALSC’s strategic plan includes our vision for a future in which all libraries welcome
every child and all libraries acknowledge that children come
first,” says McClelland. “Our members applaud this at the same time they know it is a tall order. ALSC, in recognizing that the welfare of children and of libraries is inextricably linked, asks our members, ‘How can we help you?’”

McClelland currently serves on the ALSC Board and chaired the 2002 Caldecott Award Selection Committee. She has also been a member of the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee, Newbery Award Selection Committee and the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Michael L. Printz Committee. She has been a contributor and reviewer for
School Library Journal and
Kirkus Reviews and a frequent writer and speaker on the subject of “Radical Change: Books for Youth in the Digital Age.”

In 2006, McClelland was honored with a
New York Times Librarian Award.

McClelland earned her master’s degree in library science from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. She was assistant director/director of youth services at Perrot Memorial Library from 1980-2007. Following retirement, McClelland remains at Perrot in a part-time, youth services position.

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