Today’s ALSC Board meeting was jam-packed with important business, but the final item on the agenda was obviously what the audience in attendance was waiting for; discussion of the ALSC Awards Program Review Task Force Recommendation: Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. The task force — chaired by Megan Schliesman and consisting of members Rita Auerbach, Chrystal Carr Jeter, Sophie Kenney, Starr Latronica & Kristen Suagee-Beauduy — had prepared an excellent, comprehensive, and thoughtful report <available on ALA Connect> which included recommendations for a possible course of action, potential award names, and a clearly written rationale. The report also included the methodology of a survey offered to ALSC members, members of ALA ethnic affiliates, and others. A summary of the survey with a sampling of the comments about changing the name was also included.
After Board discussion, there was a call for a vote.
In summary, the ALSC Board unanimously voted that the ALSC Board accept the ALSC Awards Program Review Task Force’s Recommendation about the Wilder Award,, renaming the award as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. **
This vote was greeted by a standing ovation by the audience in attendance.
Woo-Hoo!!!! It made me so proud to be an ALSC member and a Board Member!
**The full text of the motion which was voted on and passed unanimously was “the ALSC Board accept recommendation option 1, part 1 of the ALSC Awards Program Review Task Force’s Wilder Award Report, renaming the award as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award; option 1, part 2 with an expanded definition in the revised manual; and option 1, part 3 as written.“