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The Kerlan Collection with Curator Lisa Von Drasek

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Date(s) - 04/14/2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tokyo Women's Plaza
東京都渋谷区神宮前5-53-67 - Tokyo, 150-0001


The Kerlan Collection: Collection, Preservation, and Access to Children’s Literature, Rare Books, Manuscripts and Art

with Curator Lisa Von Drasek

Time:   Saturday, April 14, 2018 6:30-8:00 

Place:   Tokyo Women’s Plaza, Conference Room 1

5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo  (by the United Nations University; map)

Fee:     500 yen SCBWI members; 1,000 yen nonmembers

Reservations required. To reserve, email japan (at) by Thursday, April 12.


This event will be in English.


Curator Lisa Von Drasek will present a survey of the history of the Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature Research Collections of the University of Minnesota. One of the most significant contemporary English-language literature archives, the Kerlan Collection (video) includes books, original manuscripts and illustrations, and related materials available for study by teachers, librarians, students, authors, illustrators, translators, and critics. The Collection contains more than 100,000 children’s books as well as original manuscripts, artwork, galleys, and color proofs, and other production materials for 1,700 authors and illustrators. Why is it in Minnesota? What is the role of the curator? How are materials selected, preserved, and access to them created? How has technology changed the work and mission of archives? Lisa Von Drasek will discuss answers to these and other questions during this special presentation to SCBWI Japan.

Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections. Formerly the Children’s Librarian of the Bank Street College of Education, where 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, a children’s choice award given to a STEM book. Lisa 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 has reviewed children’s books for The New York Times, Shelf Awareness and had blogged at EarlyWord: The Librarian/Publisher Connection. Juries that Lisa has served on include the Caldecott Committee, The New York Times Best Illustrated, the Newbery Committee, The Ezra Jack Keats Award, National Book Awards for Young People’s Literature, and American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Books, Minnesota Book Award. 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, What Makes an Award Winning Book, and Children’s Choice Awards. She blogs at the Blue Ox Review.