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2020 Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training

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ALSC is seeking applications for its seventh biennial “Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training,” to be held on Friday, January 24, 2020, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.  This invitational seminar supports and honors William C. Morris’ dedication to connecting librarians and children with excellent children’s books.

The Morris Seminar will bring new ALSC members and members with limited evaluation experience together with those who have served on ALSC’s media evaluation committees in an environment to train and mentor them in the group process and in children’s media evaluation techniques.  The seminar will result in new and emerging leaders for future ALSC evaluation committees.

The Morris Endowment supports those selected to attend the training seminar by offering the seminar at no charge to the attendee.  This includes all materials, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon break on Friday.  To help defray additional costs for hotel and other expenses, a $350 stipend for each attendee will be provided by the endowment.

“This is an exciting and unique training experience for those interested in the book and media evaluation process,” said ALSC President, Cecilia P. McGowan. “Attendees will have the opportunity to make connections and learn from ALSC leaders who have this distinguished award and media committee experience.”

Morris was a long-time ALSC member and friend, the recipient of the first ALSC Distinguished Service Award as well as an advocate for children’s librarians and literature.  Morris was former vice-president and director of library promotion at HarperCollins Children’s Books.  The ALSC William C. Morris Endowment was established in 2000 and activated in 2003 upon his death.  Morris envisioned his endowment funding programs, publications, events, and/or awards that would promote excellence in children’s literature.

Candidates for the Morris Seminar should be ALSC members with limited evaluation experience. The seminar is intended for those who have not served on book award evaluation committees in the past. Applicants must:

  • Be personal members of ALSC as well as ALA. Organizational members are not eligible.
  • Seek permission from supervisor for time off to attend the seminar, prior to submitting application.
  • Have access to a computer, internet, email and a printer.
  • Submit a completed application and recommendation by the due date. Late entries will not be considered. Applicants will receive confirmation that their application has been received within 1 business day.
  • Arrange for 1 letter of recommendation from ALSC members or library peers who can attest to your potential as an ideal candidate for children’s media evaluation training. Letter must be submitted at time of application submission.
  • If selected, maintain ALSC membership and be a potential candidate for future service on an ALSC media evaluation committee.

Applications are due by September 2nd. ALSC looks forward to receiving yours! Feel free to read about past attendees experiences.


This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies:  IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials and VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.

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