Librarian elected to prestigious post


November 11, 2013


This news release is shared on behalf of the Association for Library Service to Children. Congratulations to Dona Helmer for being the first Alaskan librarian been elected to serve on this committee.



Laura Schulte-Cooper

Program Officer

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

(312) 280-2165


Dona Helmer, College Gate Librarian, has been elected to the Sibert Award Committee for the American Library Association. This is the first time any Alaskan librarian has been elected to serve on this prestigious committee.


The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is the oldest award for a juvenile informational book. It is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. The Sibert Informational Book Award Selection Committee consists of nine members: one chair and three members appointed from the ALSC membership at large, and five members elected by the ALSC membership. Members serve 2-year terms and led by the committee chair. ALSC, a division of the American Library Association, administers the award.


The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. ALSC's network includes more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries. ALSC members are innovators in the field of children's library service.


Helmer, Alaska School Librarian of the Year, has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award committees in the past. “I am delighted and honored to have been elected by my peers to serve on this committee. It is going to be a lot of work, reading all those new information books, but I am looking forward to it. I am also looking forward to sharing those books with the students at my school and with ASD librarians. I just feel sorry for the postal service workers who have to handle all those boxes of books."


To learn more about ALSC, visit their website at

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