2016 Special Collections & Bechtel Fellowship
This application form cannot be saved during the process. Please do not fill out and submit the form until you have all the necessary information. All nomination forms are due by November 1, 2015.

Please refer to the Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship website for more information about the application. If you would like to review the application before submitting electronically, you can use the PDF document located on the website.

If you have problems submitting this electronic form, please contact the chair of the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship committee, Mary Beth Dunhouse at mdunhouse@aol.com.

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  • APPLICATION

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  • ALA & ALSC membership is a prerequisite for this grant.
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  • Please upload the following documents:

    1. A resume.

    2. A list of professional positions you have held in children’s librarianship and the dates during which these positions were held. [Note: The dates do not have to be consecutive but the years must total eight (8) years of direct service to children.]

    3. A description of the study topic and significance of the topic to the profession. Please be as detailed as possible.

    •Scope.
    Examples:Alphabet books published between 1820-1890.
    Titles written by Margaret Sidney, published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard between 1860-1900.
    Presidential biographies written for children, between 1910-1930 and 1950-1960.

    •Research questions.
    Examples: "How do manners and their instruction to children by adults change as the
    times change?"
    "Are there any seeds from past decades (or centuries) of the type of narrative nonfiction
    that has grown to be so innovative and popular today?"

    •Literature review.

    •Research methodology/steps.

    •Areas of the Baldwin Collection to be examined for the Study Topic.

    •Framework/plan for creating the public programs.

    4. Work Plan for pursuit of study topic during fellowship period (include special resources needed or personnel to be consulted). Please be as detailed as possible. Describe the activities and time frame that will enable you to deliver the following requirements:

    •Spending a minimum of four weeks in Gainesville (the weeks do not have to be consecutive).

    •Submission of Study Topic Report to 1)the ALSC Office. 2)the Director, Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. 3) the Baldwin Curator. 4)the Director, Center for Children's Literature and Culture, University of Florida.

    •Presentation of a minimum of three (3) public programs based on your Study Topic.

    5. Explanation of how the fellowship will benefit your professional work, and enhance your ability to meet the needs of children reading for information and pleasure.

    Note: In formulating your Study Topic please feel free to contact Suzan Alteri, Baldwin Curator, to determine how the Collection will support your Study Topic. Email: salteri@ufl.edu. Telephone: 352-273-2870.

    For an example of a published Study Topic Report please see the following:
    "Searching for She-Roes: a Study of Biographies of Historic Women Written for Children," by Christina H. Dorr, Children and Libraries, vol. 9, no. 2, Summer/Fall 2011, pp. 42-49.
  • If you are unable to upload documents please send an e-mail to Mary Beth Dunhouse at mdunhouse@aol.com
  • This is considered your electronic signature
  • SUBMISSION

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    If you have any questions, please contact the chair of the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship committee, Mary Beth Dunhouse at mdunhouse@aol.com. All applications must be submitted by November 1, 2015.