SLIS Awards Research Fellowships in Youth Services

Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is pleased to announce the winners of two $1,500 research fellowships: Vikki C. Terrile of Brooklyn, N.Y., will receive the Jacqueline M. Albers Guest Scholar in Children’s Literature Fellowship. Denice L. Baldetti of Tiffin, Ohio, will receive the Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz Fellowship for Picturebook Research.

Each fellowship provides a stipend of up to $1,500 for outstanding scholars to spend approximately one week on site at Kent State University, researching picturebooks, posters or ephemera related to picturebooks in the Reinberger Children’s Library Center and Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art in the School of Library and Information Science.

Vikki C. TerrileAlbers Fellowship

The Albers Fellowship, created by SLIS alumna Jacqueline M. Albers, M.L.S. ’94, allows a guest scholar to study children’s literature using the collections in the School’s Reinberger Children’s Library Center.

During a one-week visit to Kent State in July 2015, Vikki C. Terrile examined “housing and homes in contemporary picturebooks” for young children. She currently serves as the director of community library services at Queens Library in Jamaica, N.Y. 

Marantz Fellowship

The Marantz Fellowship was created by Sylvia Marantz and the late Dr. Kenneth Marantz to encourage scholars from the United States and around the world to use the resources of the Marantz Picturebook Collection in their research on the study of picturebooks.

Denice L. BaldettiDenice L. Baldetti’s research on “Picture Clues: Exploring Visual and Textual Clues in Children’s Mystery PictureBooks” will offer a “critical examination of picturebook illustrations, and particularly, how illustrations connect with the storyline to move the text of a mystery picturebook forward.” She will visit Kent State in fall 2015.

Baldetti currently serves as the elementary library media specialist and computer instructor at Boulder Creek Elementary School at Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, Ariz. At the same time, she is pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science, with a focus in children’s literature and museum studies, in Kent State’s School of Library and Information Science.

Reinberger Children's Library Center

The mission of the Reinberger Children's Library Center is “to build diverse collections of children’s literature spanning geographic, cultural, physical, technological and temporal borders. These collections represent the best literature and related materials for young people. 

They also demonstrate the processes involved in producing, publishing and marketing such literature over time, from evolving means of production to differing constructions of childhood. In addition, the state-of-the-art center provides opportunities to study connections between literacy, reading and digital technologies, which is valuable for practitioners, as well as scholars.

One of the jewels of the Reinberger Children’s Library Center is the Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art (Marantz), a one-of-a kind picturebook collection, cataloged according to illustrator, artist or paper engineer. The Marantz holds more than 30,000 picture books, 2,000+ publisher posters and original artwork from notable illustrators covering the past 40+ years. The collection represents the Marantzes’ enduring respect and devotion to the art of picturebooks (written as one word in honor of Dr. Marantz).