Follett Chair

Janice Del Negro, PhD, associate professor, has accepted appointment as the holder of the 2014-15 Follett Chair in Library and Information Science. This prestigious appointment is the highest academic honor bestowed by GSLIS upon a master researcher and scholar who has achieved renown in the profession. The Follett Chair is selected annually for his or her outstanding teaching ability and superior scholarly achievement.

Janice Del Negro

Del Negro, a resident of Brookfield, Illinois, has been a member of the full-time faculty of the university since 2004, and received the GSLIS Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012. At Dominican, she teaches graduate courses in library and information science, with a focus on materials and services for children and young adults and storytelling; she serves on the advisory board for the Butler Children’s Literature Center and the advisory committee for the doctoral program, among other roles. Del Negro holds a doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in New York City.

Del Negro is a nationally noted storyteller and author. She has been a featured speaker, storyteller and workshop leader at the National Storytelling Network Conference, the Illinois Library Association, the Tejas Storytelling Festival, the Illinois Storytelling Festival, the National Storytelling Festival and many other conferences and celebratory events. She has held national leadership positions in the profession, including serving as chair of the American Library Association’s Randolph Caldecott Award Selection Committee in 2007. She is the author of several books for young people, including Lucy Dove (1998), which won the Anne Izard Storytelling Award; Willa and the Wind (2005), which was an American Library Association Notable Book for Children; and Passion and Poison (2007). Del Negro also co-edited the fourth edition of the classic storytelling textbook Storytelling: Art & Technique (2010). Her latest book is Folktales Aloud! Practical Tips for Playful Programming (ALA, 2013). She has reviewed for Booklist magazine, Kirkus Reviews, the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and School Library Journal.  

The Follett Chair is endowed through a gift from the Follett Corporation, a leading provider of educational solutions, services and products that empower schools, libraries, colleges, students and lifelong learners.