October 25-27, 2019: Dr. Claudette S. McLinn is presenting at the 13th IBBY Regional Conference, Austin, TX.
September 13-14, 2019: Lettycia Terrones is presenting a paper at the "Childhoods of Color" conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
May 3, 2019: The Asian Pacific American Librarians (APALA) announced Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada as its next Executive Director. Her term begins in June 2019, at the end of the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
August 11, 2016: Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada presented on the panel disscussion titled, "We Need Diverse Books Everywhere: Addressing Diversity Across Multiple Spaces," at the National Diversity in Libraries Conference, which was held on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Lessa Pelayo-Lozada discussed ways that public librarians can advocate for and promote diverse books in their own institutions as well as on a personal level.
May 20, 2016: Dr. Claudette S. McLinn presented, "Diversity in Children's Literature: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. McLinn will give a talk on diversity in children's literature, including recognition of Ezra Jack Keats' contributions in celebration of his 100th birthday. A networking recption will follow. The event is sponsored by UC Riverside, Graduate School of Education. To RSVP, please visit: keatstribute.eventbrite.com
February 27, 2016: 20th Annual Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival at University of Redlands, Redlands, CA. Dr. Claudette S. McLinn presented “Multicultural Books: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Dr. McLinn discussed trends in multicultural literature over the past twenty years as well as some of the best books of the past year. Winners of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature’s (CSMCL) Best Books of 2015 were also discussed.
February 1, 2016: Dr. Sujin Huggins accepted the appointment to serve as a member of the 2017 Hans Christian Anderson Award Jury. The Hans Christian Anderson Award is the most world’s most prestigious prize in children's literature and is often referred to as the "Little Nobel Prize." The award is given to an author and an illustrator, living at the time of the nomination, whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature. The award is administered by International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
January 11, 2016: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Boston, MA. Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada was an invited speaker.
January 11, 2016: Dr. Claudette S. McLinn was an invited seminar leader and facilitator at the Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training, sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), in Boston, MA. The purpose of the Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training is to honor and support William C. Morris’ dedication to connecting librarians, and ultimately children, with excellent children’s books. This seminar brings 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.
November 7, 2015: Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada moderated the session titled, "Choose Your Own Adventure: Discover Your Story in Library," at the California Library Association Conference, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA.
October 17, 2015: 11th International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Regional Conference at The Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, New York City, New York. Dr. Claudette S. McLinn co-presented, “Adventures through a Cultural Looking Glass and What We Found There: Trends in Diverse Children’s Literature in the U.S. and Beyond.” Dr. McLinn discussed trends in multicultural literature.
August 24, 2015: Dr. Claudette S. McLinn accepted the appointment to serve as a member of the 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Selection Committee. The selection committee is comprised of nationally recognized early childhood education specialists, librarians, illustrators and experts in children’s literature. Known collectively as the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, the New Writer Award was established in 1985 and the New Illustrator Award in 2001 to recognize and encourage emerging talent in the field of children’s books. The award is administered by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi.
July 1, 2015: Dr. Darwin Henderson began a two-year appointment to serve as chair of the 2016 and 2017 Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Jury. The annual award is presented in even years to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults, and who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution. The award is administered by Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable (EMIERT) of the American Library Association (ALA).
May 5, 2015: Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada was elected President-Elect of Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). APALA is an affiliate organization with the American Library Association (ALA).
January 30, 2015: The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), hosted a Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action in Children’s Literature and Library Program in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Claudette S. McLinn served on the Day of Diversity Planning Committee and was a session moderator. Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada was an invited attendee and facilitator. This invitation-only event brought together leaders in children’s literature and literacy to discuss strategies for ensuring that all children have access to diverse literature and library programming.