Call for Submissions
The deadline for submissions is extended to Monday May
12, 2013. Submit papers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The submission period for the 2013 Braverman Award is now open. Submitted papers should be about some aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. Papers related to archivists, archives, and archival work are also eligible.
The winning paper will be published in the Summer 2013 issue of Progressive Librarian. The winner of the contest will also receive a $300 stipend to help offset the cost of travel to and from the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL from June 27- July 2. The award will be presented at the annual PLG dinner at ALA.
Additionally, the following requirements must also be met:
- Contestants must be library and/or information science students attending a graduate-level program in the United States or Canada.
- Entries must be the original, unpublished work of the contestant, and must be written in English. Entries may not exceed 3,000 words and must conform to MLA in-text citation style.
- To facilitate the blind review process, each entry must include a cover sheet providing the contestant's name, full contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address), name of the institution where the contestant is enrolled, and the title of the paper. No identifying information other than the title should appear on the paper itself.
- Entries must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word or RTF format, to email@example.com. Entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on International Workers’ Day or May Day, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
- The $300 stipend is available only to help defray the cost of ALA conference attendance in 2013; if the winner of the contest is unable to attend, the money will remain in the Braverman Prize endowment fund and may be donated to a progressive cause at the discretion of the selection committee.
Any questions regarding the contest or the selection process can be directed to the chairs of the selection committee, Megan Browndorf at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly McElroy at email@example.com.
The Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) is pleased to announce that Sara Zettervall is the 2012 winner of the Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize for her essay “Through a Distant Lens: Visions of Native Hawaiians in Children’s Picture Books." Zettervall is an MLS candidate at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and will be attending the American Librarian Association annual meeting in Anaheim, CA later this month.
In her essay, Zettervall takes a critical view of the depiction of Hawaii in children's picture books available to her from her local library in the Midwest, beginning with the premise that children's literature is one way in which Hawaii is exoticized by and for mainland Americans. "I realized I was raised on a very stereotypical image of Hawaiian life," says Zettervall. "Unfortunately, I found that the stereotype is very much alive (in children's pictures books), with little to contradict it."
Zettervall commends St. Catherine for its strong emphasis on social justice, which has led her to focus on library outreach services, primarily through an internship at Hennepin County Public Library. After reading about the Braverman Prize in an email announcement, Zettervall had been waiting for the "right paper" to submit. She found it in "Through a Distant Lens," which began as a project for a class, Social Justice in Children and Young Adult Literature. "I'm thrilled that it worked out, not just for me but so that I can bring more attention to St. Kate's," Zettervall said. "We just received our ALA accreditation last year, and I hope this helps the library community see that we deserved it and draws new students to our program."
Zettervall's winning paper was published in the Summer 2012 issue of Progressive Librarian.