Dr. Laura D’Aveta is the recipient of the 2019 Albers Guest Scholar in Children’s Literature Fellowship. As an Albers Fellow, Dr. D’Aveta intends to develop a digital resource for researchers interested in learning about May Hill Arbuthnot and her contributions to the field of children’s literature.
“The goal of my project is to analyze and digitize portions of the May Hill Arbuthnot Collection at the Reinberger Children’s Library Center in order to increase visibility of the collection within the children’s literature community,” D’Aveta says. Her research also will focus on using print-based library cards, autographs/dedications within books in the collection, and other ephemera as a form of marginalia to cultivate a deeper understanding of the collection, its history, and its use.
A native of Brunswick, Ohio, D’Aveta received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Pennsylvania State University, and her MLIS from Kent State University. Currently, she works as a Humanities Librarian at Texas A&M University.
The Albers Guest Scholar in Children’s Literature Fellowship was endowed by iSchool alumna Jacqueline M. Albers to support a visiting scholar who will research children’s literature utilizing collections in the Reinberger Children’s Library Center.
Learn more about fellowships at the Reinberger Children’s Library Center.