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Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature


Governing Committee

Peter MacDonald ~ Dean of Library Services

Peter McDonald, Dean of Library Services

Dean Peter McDonald came to Fresno State in February 2007 with extensive leadership in academic librarianship. He came from the Syracuse University Library, where he was the Associate University Librarian for Collection Services, and Director of the Belfer Audio Archive. Prior to Syracuse, he served as the head librarian at the Geneva Experiment Station Library at Cornell University, after completing his work on the Core Agricultural Literature Project as chief bibliographer at the Mann Library. He also worked as a Mellon Preservation Intern at the New York Public Library, Research Division, and as a copy cataloger at the Grolier Club in New York. Dean McDonald received his bachelor's degree from McGill University in the 1970s, his master's in library science from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a Preservation Administrator's certificate from Columbia University. He is an elected member of the governing Council of the American Library Association.

Michael Cart

Michael Cart

Michael Cart is a well-known author, editor, columnist, and librarian. Retired from his position as director of the Beverly Hills Public Library, he continues his "Carte Blanche " monthly column for Booklist magazine. He writes for young readers and about literature for young readers. His most recent book is Talking Animals and Others: The Life and Work of Walter R. Brooks, Creator of Freddy the Pig. As President of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, he led the effort to create the Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence in young adult literature. In 2000 the American Library Association presented him with the Grolier Award, a lifetime achievement award given for an "unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people." A founding member of the Governing Committee, he is donating his papers to the Center.

Maurice J. Eash

Maurice Eash

Maurice J. Eash is Professor Emeritus of Urban Education Research, former Director of the Office of Education Research, and Ex Dean of the College of Education of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds degrees from Manchester College, Ohio State University, and Columbia University. Retired from teaching at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, he currently resides in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Advisory Committee

Alma Flor Ada

Alma Flor Ada

Alma Flor Ada has written more than 200 books for young people, published in English, Spanish, and bilingual editions. They include Dear Peter Rabbit, Gathering the Sun, The Lizard and the Sun, and Where the Flame Trees Bloom. Her autobiography, Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba, won the 2000 Pura Belpré Award, presented by the American Library Association and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish Speaking. This award honors Latino writers and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in a children's book. A renowned translator, scholar, and educator, she is known for her advocacy of bilingual and multicultural education. She obtained her Doctorate at Universidad Catolica del Peru. Now Emeritus Professor of the Education Department at the University of San Francisco, she is donating her papers to the Center.

Stephen Mooser

Stephen Mooser

Stephen Mooser is the President and co-founder of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the largest children's writing organization in the world with more than 19,000 members in more than 700 international locations. The author of dozens of children's books including Elvis is Back and He's in the Sixth Grade!; Lights, Camera, Scream!: How to Make Your Own Horror Movies; and The All-Star Meatballs and Goofball Malone series, he has donated his papers to the Center.