January 22, 2013 at 16:17 PM EST
UHCL faculty named to ALA Award Committees
Two University of Houston-Clear Lake School of Education Library Science faculty members have been named to the prestigious American Library Association children’s book award committees.
 
Emeritus Associate Professor of Literacy, Language and Library Science Maureen White will serve as the chair of the 2014 Mildred Batchelder Award Committee. Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School Library & Information Science Program in LLLS Jane Claes is a member of the 2014 Odyssey Award Committee.
 
“It’s an honor to receive an ALA award, but it is also a privilege to be chosen as a member of the selection committees,” Claes says. “UH-Clear Lake has the special honor of being the only Texas university with two faculty members on ALA award committees at the same time.”
 
The Batchelder Award recognizes the most outstanding translated children’s book published in the United States, while the Odyssey Award is presented to the producer of the most outstanding audio book for young people between the ages birth to 18.
 
“The ALA Youth Media Awards, nineteen in all, are the equivalent of the academy awards of children’s literature,” Claes explains.
 
The awards not only encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media, they also help guide parents, educators, librarians and others when selecting material for their youth readership.
 
Claes also notes that White has served on multiple selection committees.
 
In addition to chairing the Batchelder committee this year, White has served on the Caldecott committee which selects the most distinguished American picture book; the Newbery committee which selects the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children; and the Pura Belpre committee selecting the most distinguished Latino/Latina writer and illustrator. She was also a member of the Theodor Seuss Geisel committee, which chooses the most distinguished American book for beginning readers, and has also served on the Notable Books for Children Committee four years, once as chairperson.          
 
To fulfill their ALA duties White and Claes will each review as many as 300 books and audio books this year to arrive at the winning selections. Award winners will be announced in January 2014.
 
For more information about UH-Clear Lake’s School of Education and faculty, visit http://soe.uhcl.edu.
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University of Houston-Clear Lake’s School of Education offers course work and field experiences toward more than 65 different degree or certification programs, including eight graduate programs, six professional certificates and the teacher certification program, certifying in more than 40 specializations and teaching fields. For more information about the School of Education, visit http://soe.uhcl.edu.
 
University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.
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