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Kathleen  T. Horning 

photo of Kathleen T. Horning Kathleen T. Horning is the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. For nine years she was also a children’s librarian at Madison Public Library. She is the author of From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books (revised edition: HarperCollins, 2010). With Ginny Moore Kruse, she coauthored Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults, 1980–1990, and with Ginny Moore Kruse and Megan Schliesman, Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults, 1991–1996. Kathleen is a past-president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) of the American Library Association (ALA), and a past president of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). She has chaired the Américas Award Committee, under the auspices of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; ALA/ALSC’s 1997 Mildred Batchelder Award Committee; and ALA/ALSC’s 1995 John Newbery Committee; and four Charlotte Zolotow Award Committees (administered by the CCBC). She also chaired USBBY’s Hans Christian Andersen Award Committee, which selected U.S. nominees for the international award in 1992. She has served as a member of many book award and evaluation committees, including the ALA Rainbow List, the NCTE Lee Bennett Hopkins Awards, the ALA/EMIERT Coretta Scott King Award, ALA Notable Children’s Books, and the 1990 Newbery Committee. She most recently served on the 2015 ALA/ALSC Laura Ingalls Wilder Committee and is currently on the Ezra Jack Keats Award Committee. She also is the ALA/ALSC Priority Group Consultant for Awards. Kathleen received the Scholastic Library Publishing Award from the American Library Association in 2009 for her outstanding leadership in the field of librarianship and children’s and young adult literature. She frequently lectures to librarians on issues in evaluating literature for children and young adults, and in 2010 delivered the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture for ALA/ALSC. She has a B.A. in Linguistics and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies, both from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Merri  V. Lindgren 

photo of Merri V. Lindgren Merri V. Lindgren is a librarian at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Merri was the editor of The Multicolored Mirror: Cultural Substance in Literature for Children and Young Adults (Highsmith, 1991), and a former columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal, writing about children’s books. She currently serves on the ALA/ALSC Notable Children's Recordings committee. Merri was a member of the ALA/ALSC 2010 Caldecott Award Committee. She also served on ALA’s first Odyssey Award Committee (2008), a joint award of ALSC and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). She has chaired the Charlotte Zolotow Award committee (administered by the CCBC) six times, most recently for the 2016 award. Merri has worked as a youth services librarian at the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library in Lombard, Illinois, and as an instructor of Adolescent and Young Adult Literature at Edgewood College. She is a former trustee of the Baraboo (Wisconsin) Public Library. Merri graduated from UW–Madison with a B.A. Degree in Psychology and has a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Emily  McKnight Townsend 

photo of Emily Townsend Emily McKnight Townsend is a librarian at the Cooperative Children's Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While a student in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Emily worked at the CCBC as a reference assistant and as the Intellectual Freedom Information Services Coordinator. She also served on the Read On Wisconsin Advisory Committee in 2010. Emily currently services on the 2017 American Library Association / Young Adult Library Services Association Best Fiction for Young Adults committee. Prior to coming to the CCBC, Emily worked in the Ruth Enlow Libraries of Western Maryland as the project manager for Grantsville Grows, a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, where she developed and implemented early literacy library programming in rural libraries. She holds a B.A. degree in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, a M.A. degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Megan  Schliesman 

photo of Megan Schliesman Megan Schliesman is a librarian at the Cooperative Children's Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Megan has co-authored CCBC Choices since 1993, and, with Kathleen Horning and Ginny Moore Kruse, coauthored Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults, 1991-1996. Megan is a columnist for Library Sparks magazine. She also currently serves on the American Library Association/Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Board of Directors. She chaired the ALA/ALSC 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Committee, and served on the ALA/ALSC 2005 Newbery Award Committee. She is past chair of five Charlotte Zolotow Award Committees (administered by the CCBC). Megan manages the CCBC Intellectual Freedom Information Services and "What IF . . . Questions and Answers on Intellectual Freedom" forum. She was the recipient of the 2014 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award, and is past chair of the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association's Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group, and a past member of the Wisconsin Library Association Intellectual Freedom Roundtable board. She is also a former member of South Central Library System Board of Trustees in Wisconsin. She has a B.A. degree in English from UW-Whitewater and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Ginny  Moore Kruse  served as director of the Cooperative Children's Book Center between 1976 and 2002, when she retired. During those years she founded the CCBC Intellectual Freedom Information Services, later acknowledged by national awards, and now by a fund established in Ginny's name at the UW Foundation. Since then Ginny has received "Emerita" status at UW-Madison. Between 2002 and 2004, Ginny chaired the U.S. Board on Books for Young People committee to select U.S. nominees for the international 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Awards and U.S. books for the 2004 IBBY Honour List, completed a two-year terms as chair of the 2003 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee, chaired the committee to choose the 2003 Jane Addams Children's Book Awards, and served as co-chair of the 2003-04 ALA/Children's Book Council Jt. Committee. During 2004-05 Ginny's projects include the Wisconsin Intellectual Freedom Leadership Network (Steering Committee), ALA Notable Children's Books Committee, 2004 IBBY Congress (Cape Town, South Africa), ALA/CBC Jt. Committee, and Children's Literature New England (Advisory Board). (Ginny looked back on her tenure as CCBC Director in an interview at the time of her retirement.)

Carling  Febry 

photo of Carling Febry Carling Febry was a librarian at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2009 to 2011. She served as a member of the 2010 Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee and is chairing the 2011 Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee. While in Library School, Carling worked at the CCBC as a reference assistant and was an ALA/ALSC student intern for the 2008 ALA Annual Conference. She holds both Spanish and Library Media Specialist teaching licenses. Carling has a B.A. degree in Spanish and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.







Tessa Michaelson  Schmidt 

photo of Tessa Michaelson Tessa Michaelson Schmidt was a librarian at the CCBC between January, 2008 and June, 2009. Tessa was the creator and producer of the weekly CCBC podcasts during that time. Tessa served as a member of the 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee. Tessa is also serving on ALA/ALSC's Public Awareness Committee. Prior to coming to the CCBC, Tessa worked as a school librarian and technology teacher at Wingra School, a K-8 independent progressive school in Madison, Wisconsin. At Wingra School, she specialized in designing integrated media literacy projects for students of all ages. Tessa was also a third and fourth grade classroom teacher at Wingra before becoming a librarian. In the past, Tessa was a member of the CCBC Advisory Board and served as membership secretary for the Friends of the CCBC Board. She also served on the planning committee for the 2006 Wisconsin Educational Media Association annual conference as publications chair. While a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tessa worked at the CCBC as a reference assistant and as the Intellectual Freedom Information Services Coordinator. Tessa has a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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