Awards & Scholarships

Hosting a Mock Award Discussion with Kids

The end of the year is approaching. For me, that means skyrocketing speculation about the Youth Media Awards (YMAs), which include the Newbery, Caldecott. I love pouring over year-end best of lists and reading as many 2017 books as I can. Another reason I look forward to this time of year: I love a good mock award discussion. For this blog, I’ll focus on different ways to host a mock award with school-age kids (for more on the benefits of hosting a blog for your colleagues, check out Amanda Foulk’s stellar post on Guessing Geisel).

Awards & Scholarships

Who Will Be the Next Distinguished Service Award Winner?

Bill Morris. Henrietta Smith. Mimi Kayden. Susan Roman. Kathleen T. Horning. Ellen Fader. What do these names have in common? Two were publishers; the others, librarians of all stripes: a Dean and association leader, a professor, a director of a special collection, and a public librarian. They, along with more than 20 other colleagues since 1992, are ALSC Distinguished Service Award winners!

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Call for Suggestions – 2018 Newbery Award

The Newbery committee is surrounded by books and beginning to identify worthy titles for discussion, but we need your assistance in ensuring we are identifying the very best in children’s literature published in 2017.  Please suggest a title to the committee for consideration.  Visit the Newbery Medal page, log into your ALA account and fill out the suggestion form.  It’s that easy! The Newbery Medal is presented annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published during the preceding year. Honor books may be named. Distinguished is defined as: marked by eminence and distinction: noted for significant achievement marked by excellence in quality marked by conspicuous excellence or eminence individually distinct More information can be found on the Submission Process and FAQ’s about ALSC’s Book & Media Awards pages. Send your choices soon – the suggestion form closes on October 15, 2017! ************************************************************************************************ Today’s…

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Why you should nominate someone for the Distinguished Service Award

Every year since 1992, ALSC has awarded the distinguished service award to someone who has made a lasting contribution or impact on library services for children or ALSC.   Any member of ALSC (and ALA) can nominate someone who is also a member of ALSC (and ALA) (this, hopefully, means you).  Below are a few reasons why you should think about it, along with a picture of my cute cat (because who doesn’t need another cute cat picture?). Top Ten Reasons to Nominate Someone for the Distinguished Service Award Today: 10. There are only approximately 62 days before the December 1 deadline to nominate someone inspiring for ALSC’s Distinguished Service Award. 9. It’s easy to fill out a quick application:http://bit.ly/2oGT63D. 8. This is a good opportunity to talk to other friends and colleagues (who doesn’t like that?). Tell them who you’re thinking of nominating and convince them to fill out an…