The 2017 Dorothy Helfeld Fellowship application period is OPEN!
Children’s Librarianship – Is it for you?
The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL) invites students of children’s librarianship and/or children’s literature to apply for one of up to three annual membership fellowships. Discover a network of active Bay Area children’s librarians who meet monthly to share their passion for children’s literature and libraries. The annual fellowships cover the cost of a year’s membership in ACL, the 11 issues of its review publication BayViews, and attendance at the annual Institute and Performers Showcase.
Who is eligible?
Anyone currently in library school who may be considering working with children; librarians considering a possible change from adult to children’s work; para-professionals working in school libraries; teachers who may be considering moving to school or public library positions; college students who may be considering library work with children. Students considering or embarking on their studies in children’s librarianship will find an encouraging and challenging community of like-minded individuals.
The winner of this fellowship is expected to attend monthly meetings in the East Bay and to review books and partake in the business of the organization to a reasonable extent.
The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL) offers three annual membership fellowships in tribute to Dorothy Helfeld, a member and reviewer for this organization from 1992 until her death in 2008. Dorothy’s library experience spanned several decades and locales. Her ACL reviews reflected her passion for presenting the best to children and her always-growing knowledge of story and authors, which she also shared in her contributions to the annual Institute bibliographies. To Dorothy, reading offered boundless opportunity for celebrating, untangling and enduring the complicated knot of life. The fellowships in her memory allow the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California to extend Dorothy’s excitement about children and their books to those at the beginning of their involvement in the field which meant so much to her.
Applications are due by May 28, 2017. They will reviewed by a 3-person committee in the early summer and the winners will be announced in mid-August. The fellowship begins in September 2017 and go through December 2018. For further information, please get in touch with the fellowship committee here.
2016 Fellows: Mahasin Aleem, Julia Christy, Lolade Gbadebo and Renee Ting
2015 Fellows: Kayla Figard, Michelle Ng, and Sarah Zaharako
Note: The Dorothy Helfeld Fellowship was previously known as the Dorothy Helfeld Scholarship, and was renamed to Dorothy Helfeld Fellowship in 2014.