Blow My Own Horn!

It’s March, and do you know what that means?

It means the March/April 2013 Edition of  Horn Book is available!

Making this more exciting than usual, at least for me, is what can be found on page 47: “Reading: It’s More Than Meets The Eye, Making books accessible to print-disabled children” by “Elizabeth Burns.” Yes, that’s me!

As Roger Sutton said in his Editorial, “Liz Burns and Claire Gross and Eugene Yelchin talk about books for kids who are perfectly not-weird but whose way to reading may be complicated by circumstances weirder than they should be.”

To get any more than that — you’ll need to get a copy of the Horn Book and read the article! Let me know what you think!

Yes, this is blatant self promotion.

Finally, where do I keep things like this? Well, doesn’t everyone have a brag shelf?

Edited to add: Here is a link to the text of the article, Reading: It’s More Than Meets The Eye.

YALSA Great Idea

I have officially had a Great Idea.

From American Libraries:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has chosen the winners for its annual Great Ideas contest:

  • Elizabeth Burns, New Jersey State Library Talking Books and Braille Center, Trenton, N.J., won for her idea to host a blog-based YALSA book award/booklist reading challenge, and
  • Kit Ward-Crixell, New Braunfels (Texas) Public Library and Krista McKenzie, Garret College, Accident, Md., shared a prize for their separate proposals to create an online tool to aid young adult librarians in conducting original research.”

Why yes, this is Blatant Self Promotion.

Read the complete press release at American Libraries, YALSA Names 2010 Great Ideas Contest Winners. More information at the YALSA Great Ideas Contest Page.

When I heard about the Great Ideas contest I wanted to enter but was drawing a total blank. Weeks passed. On the next to last day to enter, while driving home from work, I finally had an idea. I stayed up that night, going through YALSA’s strategic plan and putting together my entry.

I love the opportunities that being involved in YALSA and ALA has provided me, and I am excited about being able to give back to YALSA, librarians, and readers with this idea.