by Steven Herb, ALSC Distinguished Service Award Committee Chair
Caroline Ward, Mimi Kayden, Marilyn Miller, Ginny Walter, Julie Cummins, Phyllis Van Orden, Maggie Kimmel, Peggy Sullivan, Lillian Gerhardt, Spencer Shaw, Zena Sutherland, Ginny Moore Kruse, Virginia Mathews, Carolyn Field, Augusta Baker, and William Morris
What do these distinguished people have in common with your mentor and inspiration in the field of children’s library services? Putting your modesty aside for a moment – together they produced a generation of children’s services leaders and you are among those new leaders.
And, what sets your mentor apart from these folks? Someone nominated these individuals for the ALSC Distinguished Service Award and your inspiration has yet to be recognized.
We know you’ve been meaning to nominate her (or him?) for a couple of years now. How about this year? The nomination is a very simple task that results in an unparalleled honor.
The Distinguished Service Award honors an individual member of the Association for Library Service to Children who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library services to children and/or ALSC. The recipient receives $1,000 and an engraved pin at the ALSC Membership Meeting during the ALA Annual Conference. Individuals nominated may be chosen from any facet of library services to children. The designee may be a practicing librarian in a public or school library, a library or information science educator, a member of the library press, or an editor or other employee of a publishing house. The individual may be active or retired or retired and active!
The information you need to nominate someone can be found here. The deadline for receipt of the nominations is December 3rd.