Congratulations to Linda A. Perkins, ALSC’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award recipient! Linda was present at the Monday board meeting at the 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Texas where ALSC President Mary Fellows read the announcement (video forthcoming).
The Distinguished Service Award is given to “an individual member of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) who has made significant contributions to and an impact on, library service to children and/or ALSC.”
At the Monday board meeting Perkins noted that she had “stood on the shoulders” of ALSC leaders who came before her. Perkins time with ALSC has included serving on the ALSC Board of Directors three times, including once as the ALSC President (1991-92). A strong advocate for multiculturalism, during her tenure as president she helped build a relationship with REFORMA that eventually led to the creation of the Pura Belpré Award. She has also been integral in the development of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) as a national celebration.
You can read more about Linda’s fantastic career in the official news release of Linda A. Perkins as the 2012 Distinguished Service Award recipient.