Awards & Scholarships

Finding the Next ALSC Distinguished Service Award Winner

The Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee is seeking nominations from ALSC members for individuals who have “made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and ALSC.” You may be wondering who qualifies for consideration. Well, beyond their contributions to the field, the main criteria are (1) that the person has devoted their work to children ages birth through fourteen and (2) they must be a current member of ALSC.  These individuals can be:  A librarian who works in a school or public library An educator working in the library or information science field A member of the library press An employee of a publishing house A retiree Want to learn more? Visit the ALSC Distinguished Service Award page to see a full list of previous winners, watch the acceptance speeches of past winners like Liz McChesney, Dr. Claudette McLinn, and Maria B. Salvadore, and read about…

Awards & Scholarships

The Distinguished Service Award: the Ongoing Legacy of Children’s Services in America

Recently I have been going through files that describe the work of Alice M. Jordan (1870-1960) the pioneering children’s librarian in the Boston Public Library.  Among Miss Jordan’s accomplishments were the following: establishing children’s services in the BPL, creating the New England Round Table of Children’s Librarians, an early and still active professional organization, mentoring Bertha Mahony Miller (1882-1969), who founded the Horn Book Magazine and teaching at Simmons College. Her contemporaries were two other pioneers Anne Carroll Moore (1871-1961) at the New York Public Library and Caroline Hewins (1846-1926) at the Hartford Public Library in Connecticut.

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The Mentor Connection, Finding the Next Distinguished Service Award Winner

I am certain many, if not all of you reading this blog can think of an individual who had a profound impact on your future direction in children’s services. A person whose interest, support, and encouragement you have always remembered and been grateful for in your life. It might have been a person who gave you the freedom to develop programs that hadn’t been done in your community and that freedom made the difference for children who didn’t know what a library could mean in their lives. Such an individual should be recognized by our profession with a Distinguished Service Award.

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Salvadore is 2019 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Maria B. Salvadore is the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC. Salvadore is the former coordinator of children’s services at the DC Public Library System, and a long-time literacy consultant and advisory board member for various educational non-profits. She has served ALSC as a member-leader in numerous positions over 35 years of membership. Her expertise in literature benefitted a number of media evaluation and award committees, including chairing the 1994 Caldecott Committee. She has served on advisory boards and helped shape ALSC partnerships including NASA @ your library, Born to Read, READ * WRITE * NOW, and Prescription for Reading. “Maria Salvadore has continuously found innovative ways to bring quality children’s literature to families in the DC area and beyond,” said…