2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture host site application
This application cannot be saved during the process. Please do not fill out and submit the application until you have all the necessary materials including any letters of support.

Please refer to the May Hill Arbuthnot webpage (http://www.ala.org/alsc/arbuthnot) for more information about the lecture. All applications are due by May 16, 2014.

If you would like to fill out the form in paper format before submitting electronically, you can use the May Hill Arbuthnot Application Word document.

If you have problems submitting this electronic form, please email Arbuthnot Chair Sue McCleaf Nespeca at sue@kidlitplus.com.

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  • Contact- name of person responsible for submitting this application.
  • Contact- name of person responsible for submitting this application

    There is no single factor that prevails over any other factor in selecting the host institution for the Lecture. Rather, the committee charged with the selection responsibility will consider a combination of factors from below.
  • Special reasons for applying such as particular interest in the work of the lecturer; an applicant's expression of the education goals of his or her community; a special celebration, etc.
  • The relation of a potential site to places and institutions that have previously acted as hosts with an emphasis on identifying varied sites from all of North America.
  • Recent lectures have hosted a range of 400-700 attendees.
  • The organizational and administrative capabilities of the person or group submitting an application evident in the enclosed proposed budget, and partly manifested in the presentation of the application itself. Please note that ALSC will contribute $2,000 in financial support to the host site selected.
  • The extent to which meaningful cooperation amnog various local or area groups would suggest an ability to share responsibilities as to personnel, time, and money needed to cover local expenses.
  • Emphasis on the lecture as a distinctive event publicized to and open to all potential attendees in the region is a priority for each Arbuthnot Lecture.
  • Individual who would be directly responsible for coordinating all local arrangements.

  • Please list the name and telephone number of the person to contact if questions should arise during committee deliberations at the time of 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, June 26-30, 2014.


    Supporting letters from administrators and co-sponsors, detailed budget proposals, and other relevant documents may also be submitted via the email address indicated below.

    All such materials should clearly indicate the name of the primary applicant or site, and must reach the committee by the deadline listed below. APPLICATIONS AND DOCUMENTS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE CANNOT BE CONSIDERED.

    Please submit your documents, or to request more information or clarification to Arbuthnot Chair Sue McCleaf Nespeca at sue@kidlitplus.com.

    *Application and documents must be RECEIVED by May 16.

    We accept the responsibilities outlined in the Information Sheet and as outlined below.
  • This is considered your electronic signature.
  • This is considered your electronic signature.

    1. To act as host for thh May Hill Arbuthnot Lectureship in April or early May 2015. The date to be arranged at the mutual convenience of the lecturer and the host institution.
    2. To arrange and pay for the local expenses of the lecturer. If a display of the lecturer's published works (e.g., books, articles, etc) is arranged, it will be at the host's expense, not the lecturer's. The Arbuthnot fund covers only the honorarium ($5,000) and travel expenses to and from the host city.
    3. To arrange and pay for a reception, dinner, or other hospitality honoring the speaker following the lecture and to pay for all local lodging, meals, taxis, etc. of the lecturer. As mentioned above, ALSC will contribute $2,000 to the selected host site to be used to offset expenses
    4. To prepare and distribute regional publicity. ALA will issue national press releases. Further local and regional publicity is the responsibility of the host institution, including production of any print program or promotional materials.
  • 5. The lecturer is not to be invited to give any talks the week preceding the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture at the host institution or in the immediate vicinity. The lecture is responsible for presenting the Arbuthnot Lecture only. If applicable, autographing and sale of books may be arranged with the publisher by the host institution. Any other programs/events (other than those promoting the lecture) must be arranged with the lecturer's publisher(s) or agent, must be arranged with the lecturer's knowledge and permission, must be funded separately, and must occur no sooner than one day following the lecture. All programs/events/activities must appear on a master schedule available in advance to the committee chair, the Association for Library Service to Children office, and the lecturer.

    Once you click the submit button your application will be sent to the selection committee. You will receive confirmation that your proposal has been received. If the form will not submit, please scroll up to see required fields marked with a read asterisks that have been left blank. All required fields must be filled out.

    If you have any questions, please contact Sue McCleaf Nespeca, Arbuthnot Chair, at sue@kidlitplus.com. All proposals must be submitted by May 16, 2014.