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Press Release Fun: The Kerlan Lucks Out. Ditto Bank Street

To be perfectly honest I can’t be impartial about today’s news.  I love every person mentioned in this news article.  This is good good news for everybody everywhere.  I am very proud of Bank Street today.

September 20, 2012

Contact: Kristin Freda
Title: Director of Library Services
Organization: Bank Street College of Education

Phone: 212-875-4458

Von Drasek to Head the Kerlan Collection; Bruce & Brown Succeed Her

After 15 years as children’s librarian and, most recently, also director of the Center for Children’s Literature at the Bank Street College of Education, Lisa Von Drasek has accepted the position of curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections, which includes the Kerlan Collection, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, effective November 1. Von Drasek’s position at Bank Street has been divided in two.

Allie Bruce will be the new full-time interim children’s librarian at Bank Street’s School for Children, effective immediately. Allie received her MLS from New York’s Pratt Institute, served as intern at the Bank Street Library and was selected as a 2012 William Morris scholar at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Dallas, Tex. She started her career at Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer M. Brown, who will remain the children’s editor at Shelf Awareness, has assumed Von Drasek’s responsibilities part-time as interim director of the Center for Children’s Literature. The Center includes the Children’s Book Committee (where Brown has served as a member for three years and part of the executive committee for two years); BookFest @ Bank Street, an annual conference celebrating children’s literature with authors, artists, librarians and teachers; the Irma Simonton Black Award and the Cook Prize; and the Writers’ Lab. Bruce and Brown will report to Kristin Freda, Director of Library Services at Bank Street College.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. That is fantastic news. Such a win for children’s literature.

  2. Thank you, Betsy! We all love YOU!!

  3. Win/win.


  4. Couldn’t be happier for EVERYONE!!!