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Staff Bios

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 chaired the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Award Committee, on which she continues to serve. 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 has coauthored numerous editions of the annual CCBC Choices publication both in the early 1990s and since the 2002 edition. Among Merri's other responsibilites at the CCBC, she manages the logging of multicultural books for the library's annual statistics of books by and about people of color and First/Native Nations. She is currently serving on the American Library Association/Association for Library Service to Children 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Committee. She is a past member of the ALA/ALSC Notable Children's Recordings committee (2015); was a member of the ALA/ALSC 2010 Caldecott Award Committee, and was a member 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) seven times, most recently for the 2017 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.

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 the annual CCBC Choices publication since 1993, and, with Kathleen T. Horning and Ginny Moore Kruse, coauthored Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults, 1991-1996. Among her other responsibilities at the CCBC, Megan manages the CCBC Intellectual Freedom Information Services, including the "What IF . . . Questions and Answers on Intellectual Freedom" forum. She is current co-chair of the American Library Association/Association for Library Service to Children 2018 Charlamae Rollins President's Program, chaired the ALA/ALSC 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Committee, and served on the ALA/ALSC 2005 Newbery Award Committee. She is also chair of the 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee (administered by the CCBC), and has chaired five previous Zolotow committees. Megan was the recipient of the 2014 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award, 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. Megan is former columnist for Library Sparks magazine, a former member of the ALA/ALSC Board of Directors, and a former member of South Central Library System Board of Trustees in Wisconsin. She has a B.A. degree in English/Writing from UW-Whitewater and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Ginny  Moore Kruse,  photo of Kathleen T. HorningDirector Emerita, 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). In 2011 Ginny was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame and in 2016 she was inducted as a fellow in the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. (Ginny looked back on her tenure as CCBC Director in an interview at the time of her retirement.)


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