Elizabeth Burr made outstanding and important contributions to library services for children and young adults during her 27 years of service in the state of Wisconsin. Naming this prestigious award for her, assures that her leadership, her dedication and commitment to the library profession, and her efforts in promoting an appreciation of children's literature will be remembered for years to come.
The Wisconsin Library Association honored Elizabeth Burr with the first Librarian of the Year Award in 1956. In 1973, she retired from a career which included positions with the Wisconsin Free Library Commission, the Wisconsin Library Commission, the Division for Library Services in the Department of Public Instruction where she was the Consultant for Children's and Young People's Services. Miss Burr was instrumental in founding the Cooperative Children's Book Center in Madison and directed the development of the library's collection and services throughout its first decade. She served as President of the Children's Services Division of the American Library Association and chaired the Newbery-Caldecott Committee in 1969. In addition she provided valuable service to the Wisconsin Library Association and its divisions and sections.
Elizabeth Burr was a champion of library services for children and young people, and her distinguished achievement continues to be an inspiration to all who knew her. The authors and illustrators who have been and will be named as recipients of the Elizabeth Burr Award for distinguished achievement in children's literature have the opportunity to extend the legacy of Elizabeth Burr and provide inspiration to librarians, children and young people in the future.