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U professor emerita Karen Nelson Hoyle to receive 2012 Kerlan Award

April 12, 2012

The University of Minnesota Libraries will present recently retired curator Karen Nelson Hoyle with the 2012 Kerlan Award at Elmer L. Andersen Library on Saturday, May 5.

The award presentation and speech by Hoyle will begin at 1:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The ceremony is preceded by a noon luncheon (cost: $25; $20 for Kerlan Friends), which requires advance registration by April 23.

Hoyle retired in January 2012 after more than forty years as curator of the University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections, one of which is the Kerlan Collection. The Kerlan Award committee selected Hoyle to recognize her tireless work to build the collections, connect with faculty to incorporate the study of children's literature into the curriculum, and raise awareness of the collections in the larger community. Hoyle's legacy was recognized last year by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, who bestowed her with the Bridge Award for the inspired ways she has brought the art of the picture book to larger audiences.

A luncheon registration form is available at For more information, contact the staff of the Children's Literature Research Collections at 612-624-4576 or email

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