Finalists announced in April 2017.
Winner announced at ALA in June 2017.
University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies
Author of 9 books on storytelling, comics, folklore and popular culture, de Vos is a professional storyteller and educator with a course on comics.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Focareta manages a large graphic novel collection and writes for review publications such as Library Journal and Carnegie’s award-winning Eleventh Stack blog.
Library and Media Consultant
Goldsmith advises international children’s publishers, teaches, and writes articles and books such as the Reader’s Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels.
Pennsylvania State University
An expert in science titles and STEM graphic novels, Meier helped the Pennsylvania Center for the Book launch the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize.
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Author of Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More, Pawuk helped to create YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens annual list.
School of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill
Past-president of SLA and active in IFLA, Vargha is an award-winning faculty member with expertise in Knowledge Management & Collection Development.
Joliet Public Library
Ward-Callaghan won the Davis Cup for service to young people in 2013 and has served on award committees including the Newbery, Caldecott and Geisel.