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Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

Ambassadors Program

 

The mission of the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival is to recognize excellence in the field of children's literature and to provide librarians, teachers, researchers, and community members the opportunity to learn about and appreciate children's literature through presentations, workshops, and personal interactions with people of significance in the field.  

About the Ambassadors Program

The Ambassadors Program provides free registration to the three-day event and shared housing in exchange for volunteer service at the festival.  Meals and travel expenses are not included.  Prior to the festival, Ambassadors write speaker bios for the program and keynote introductions.  At the festival, Ambassadors are expected to be in attendance for all Book Festival events and are asked to do various duties throughout the festival, including but not limited to: taking head counts, handing out evaluations, helping with speaker setup and event cleanup, collecting lunch tickets, and other duties as they arise.  Ambassadors are expected to be courteous and professional at all times.  The dress code is business casual.  

What's it like to be an Ambassador?

Check out 2013 Ambassador Amy Musser's guest blog post for ALSC about her experience.  Amy is the Children's Librarian at Central Library - Denver Public Library.

Purpose:

The purpose of the Ambassadors Program is to increase national awareness and appreciation of the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival by inspiring and involving graduate students in children's literature and/or library services to children. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to meet and work with people of significance in the field of children's literature, hear speakers, and attend workshops relevant to the field. The program will also provide the Book Festival with a mature, reliable volunteer workforce who can become staunch supporters of the CBF as they progress in their careers.

Qualifications

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an MLS or MLIS program or be an active PhD candidate in children's literature or library and information science. They should have demonstrated experience in or knowledge of children's literature and/or library services to children. Completed class work can be considered in lieu of work experience. 

Due Date

December 6, 2019

To apply

Please submit your resume and an approximately 500-word statement of interest telling us why you want to attend the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival and why you would make a good Ambassador, along with the names and email addresses of three references via the Kaigler Ambassador Online Application.  Questions about the Festival Ambassador Program?  Please email: Ramona Caponegro.

Contact Us

Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

Cook Library
118 College Dr. #5146
Hattiesburg, MS 30406

Hattiesburg Campus

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Email
Karen.rowellFREEMississippi

Phone
601.266.4228