Plea to the American Library Association
January 20, 2006
Dear American Library Association,
remember when I wrote you about the Caldecotts and Newberys a few weeks ago?
I didn't think so.
It's nice that your first item on your home page is about a new button to pin on one's lapel, but many of us have a bigger interest in your upcoming awards.
On your home page, would you please put up a link today for the Caldecott and Newbery prizes? Right now information on those two awards, including the date they're given out, is difficult to find for the average reader. Such information should be front and center, clearly labeled with the words "Caldecott" and "Newbery." Please don't wait until Monday.
Here is what I can find, from a press release elsewhere on the ALA site:
For the first time ever, the American Library Association (ALA) will pilot a live Webcast of its national announcement of the top books and video for children and young adults - including the Caldecott, King, Newbery and Printz awards - on January 23 at 7:55 a.m. CST. The award announcements are made as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, which will bring together more than 12,000 librarians, publishers, authors and guests in San Antonio from January 20 to 25.
Online visitors will be able to view the live Webcast the morning of the announcements by following the links that will be on the ALA home page, www.ala.org, and at news.ala.org. High-speed access will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For ALA Midwinter Meeting participants, the press conference will be held in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Ballroom C, and doors open at 7:30 a.m.
Thanks in advance.
Chicken Spaghetti, library lover
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