Curator, Children's Literature Research Collection

113 Andersen Library
612-624-4817
lvondras@umn.edu https://www.lib.umn.edu/clrc

Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections . The CLRC, an internationally recognized resource in the field of children’s literature, contain six core collections and several smaller collections. They are the Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature, the Hess Collection of Dime Novels, Story Papers, and Series Books, the Paul Bunyan Collection, the Laura Jane Musser Collection of Oziana materials, and the Illustrated Treasure Island Collection.

 

Formerly the Children's Librarian of the Bank Street College of Education, Lisa was the teacher/librarian for pre-k through 8th grade as well as a teacher of Children's Literature, Storytelling, and Children's Book Publishing 101 to students in the graduate school of education. While serving as director of Bank Street's Center for Children's Literature, Lisa founded the Cook Prize, given to a STEM book chosen by children grades 3-4.  She was also a frequent guest lecturer at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science in Storytelling and Folklore, Collection Development, and Services to Children. Lisa reviews children's books for The New York Times, Shelf Awareness and blogs at EarlyWord: The Librarian/Publisher Connection. She has served as a juror on The New York Times Best Illustrated, the Newbery Committee, The Ezra Jack Keats Award, Trudi Birger Prize (Jerusalem Book Fair) National Book Awards for Young People's Literature and American Library Association's Notable Children's Books.

Lisa has lectured on the topics of Writing Boxes: the Reading/Writing Connection in Libraries, Emergent Literacy, Diversity in Children's Literature, Comics and Literacy, the New Adult, and Children's Choice Awards.

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At the Rain Taxi Twin Cities Book Fair

Workshops taught:

Selecting and Evaluating Children's Literature

Children's Book Publishing 101

Diversity in Children's Literature

Writing Boxes- The Reading/ Writing Connection in the Library

Comics, Comprehension and Literacy

Children's Choice Awards: How Can I Implement a Picture Book Award In My Elementary School, Without Reinventing The Wheel?

Children's Choice Awards integrating STEM, and Language Arts to support the Common Core

Children's Choice Awards and The Language Arts Curriculum, Meeting the Common Core Head-On

Comics and Graphic Format in Collection Development

Dumping Dewey: Organizing an early childhood library

Guys Read: High Interest Books for Boys AND Girls

Children’s Literature and Literacy, including writing in our daily practice

Primary Source Archival Resources for the Classroom and Library Practices

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Education

Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, MLIS 1995

Skidmore College BS 1981

Awards & Grants

2007 - Library Journal Mover and Shaker as an emerging leader in the field of librarianship. This distinction is awarded individuals from around the world who are innovative, creative, and making a difference.

1999 - The American Memory Fellows Program. Library of Congress.

Selected Presentations & Publications

Selected Presentations

"That's Not Funny: Humor and Literacy in the Elementary Classroom Reading Program"

“Words Matter: Grief in Picture Books, an Examination of Original Manuscripts, Author Research, Art and Texts of Contemporary Children’s Books."  

“The Role of Children’s Choice Awards in Elementary Classroom: Exploring the implementation, engagement and learning outcomes”

"Children's Choice Awards and the Common Core"

“Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection- Creative Writing Supporting Literacy in the Library.”  

“Ariane Dewey: The hidden artist- no credit, no copyright, no royalty.”   

"Comics and Graphic Format in Collection Development"

"Selecting and Evaluating Children's Literature"

" Children's Book Publishing 101"

"Diversity in Children's Literature- History and Content"

"Reading Aloud in an Emergent Literacy Program"

"Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition, Guiding Caregivers to the Perfect Read Alouds."

"Self-Selection and Reading Fluency: There Is a Connection"

"Scared Straight- What is  Plagiarism? Teaching Middle School Student's to Cite Their Sources." 

 

Selected Publications

Hang in There: How to get a library job against all oddsVon Drasek, Lisa. (2011).(Cover story). School Library Journal, 57(2), 24.

Balloons Over Broadway, Melissa Sweet, and the Engineering of a Picture Book.  Digital Resource from the Kerlan Collection, CLRC

The Making of Picture Book Illustrations: What is Preseparated Art? Digital Resource from the Kerlan Collection, CLRC

Remember Best Friends. Von Drasek, L. (2004). Remembering Best Friends. Teaching Pre K-8, 34(7), 82-83.

Grief in Picture Books: an evaluative rubric. Von Drasek, Lisa. (2016) Children and Libraries. The rubric.