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10/2012 - Linda Pavonetti,
professor and chair of the Department of Reading and Language Arts, presented a talk at International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) in Hlesinki, Finland on American Librarians' favorite read-aloud books. The talk was the result of a survey conducted by Dr. Pavonetti through the American Library Association (ALA) Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). It was part of an international effort of the IFLA standing committee--Libraries for Children and Young Adults. At the 33rd IBBY World Congress in London, Dr. Pavonetti chaired a session on Picture Books about Migration and was re-elected vice president of the Executive Committee of the International Board on Books for Young People. 

Additionally, Dr. Pavonetti took a private tour of the State Library of Russia in St. Petersburg, and visited the Haug School and Resource Center outside of Oslo, Norway. The Haug School is the home of the IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities collection, an annotated catalogue and international travel exhibition launched biennially at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair. The Centre’s international book collection relating to young people with special needs contains approximately 4,000 titles from 50 countries. The Haug School and Resource Centre has pupils with a large range of disabilities, including pupils with multiple handicaps or complex learning difficulties, autism or similar autistic conditions. 

11/2010 - Linda Pavonetti, associate professor of reading and language arts, was recently elected a vice president on the Executive Committee of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) General Assembly. Dr. Pavonetti is a past president of USBBY and a career educator with a specialty in young adult literature. Executive Committee elections for the USBBY took place in September at the Palacio de Congresos e Exposicións de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.