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TWU's Vardell receives American Library Association award


DENTON— Dr. Sylvia Vardell, a professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University, recently received the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Scholastic Library Publishing Award.

According to the ALA, the award is presented to a librarian whose “unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people” exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession.

Dr. Vardell said she was humbled to receive the award, calling it a “mountain-top moment.” She added, “It was very gratifying, especially having my work in children’s literature and promoting poetry recognized.”

Dr. Vardell has authored or co-authored more than 100 published articles, authored or contributed chapters to more than 25 books and has given more than 150 presentations at the national and regional levels. She is a regular poetry columnist for ALA’s Book Links magazine, a co-editor of the popular “Poetry Friday” anthologies for young people, and has her own blog, “Poetry for Children.” She has served as a member of many ALA committees and as president of the United States Board on Books for Young People and chair of the Orbis Pictus award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

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