Albany High librarian named to prestigious national commitee
ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan.
25, 2018) -- For the last decade, librarian Alicia Abdul has strived to
assure that quality books are on Albany High School shelves.
Her scope of influence will expand substantially
now that she’s been appointed to a prestigious committee of the American
Library Association (ALA).
Abdul is a member of the committee that will
determine the ALA’s 2019 William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award. The
honor goes to a book published by a first-time author writing for teens
and young adults.
“This is a big deal,” said librarian Kristen
Majkut, who works alongside Abdul at Albany High. “It speaks to
Alicia's professionalism, her content area knowledge, and her
contributions to our field.”
In short, Abdul will be identifying the best in
young adult literature and influencing the choices made by readers
throughout the country and world.
“Only the best in our profession are asked to
serve on these national committees and it takes some
significant time, grit and effort to even be considered. Alicia has put
in the work,” Majkut said.
award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the
publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and
more about Abdul in a
spring 2015 profile
in Capital Education, the City School District of Albany’s award-winning