Allison Kaplan Receives Bechtel Fellowship

Posted by Lisa Strand on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 in Libraries in the News
ALA's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded two 2011 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowships to Allison Kaplan, faculty associate at the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, and Victoria Penny, First Regional Library in Hernando, Mississippi.

The fellowship will enable Kaplan to pursue her study, "Board Books: From Toy to Literacy Tool" at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, a part of the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida, Gainesville. The Baldwin Library contains a special collection of 85,000 volumes of children's literature published mostly before 1950. The fellowship is endowed in memory of Louise Seaman Bechtel and and Ruth M. Baldwin and provides a stipend of $4,000.  also received a Bechtel Fellowship.

Kaplan says, "By exploring the collection of toy and board books in the Baldwin Library, I hope to be able to better understand what led to the evolution of the board book from a simple toy to an important part of the literacy process."

Kaplan is a WLA board member representing the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA). She is also a member of the Library Development & Legislation Committee (LD&L).
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