99 thoughts on “Guestbook

  • June 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Dearest Eliza….how I will miss your kindness and wise words…you were one of the best that made my ALA conferences complete. During our time on the Margaret Edwards Award committee your depth of YA authors was interesting and personal. Thanks for all the work you did on the Laura Bush Foundation grants…fond memories of our dinners at Irene’s in New Orleans. I’ll look forward to joining you one day as I watch you read to the “baby angels.”

  • May 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Eliza, it’s been a little over a month since you passed away, and not a day goes by that I don’t remember a conversation we had together, related to research, to book selection, to book discussions, to life in general. It’s hard to believe you’re gone, though I’m glad you are at peace. But boy it’s hard to be without you. Your guidance, wisdom, good humor, and eternal optimism were so infectious, their absence is keenly felt by me and by many others. I’ve been sitting in your office trying to remind myself what you taught me, all the while knowing that it is in those still moments that that I can quiet my thoughts and hear your voice encouraging me, guiding me. I am so grateful for all that you gave me and I will hold your wisdom close as I move forward with my career. I could not have asked for a better teacher and friend.

  • May 27, 2014 at 11:49 am

    There is so much I want to say about Eliza: she was my major professor at Florida State, my teacher, colleague, friend, and advisor. She recruited me into the FSU doctoral program, guided me as a scholar, formed me as a teacher, hooked me on research, and reminded me (by example) to have fun. We worked together very closely at the iSchool, often teaching different sections of the same courses. Through Eliza I saw first-hand how research can influence the lives of children and teens and the libraries that serve them. Her energy, intellect, generosity, and kindness knew no bounds. I am grateful for the privilege of having had as my mentor a professor who put respect for youth at the center of everything she did. There was (I still want to say “is”) only one Eliza, and I miss her every day. I am cheered, though, by how the iSchool has embraced her vision, and I know that this community will continue to be imbued with her spirit. That was clear from the May 14 memorial where so many spoke so eloquently of Eliza’s importance in their lives.

    This excerpt from the Richard Wilbur poem, “Some Opposites,” from the collection, Opposites, More Opposites, and a Few Differences (Sandpiper, 2000) sums up my feelings:

    What is the opposite of two?
    A lonely me, a lonely you.

  • May 19, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I remember Eliza with great fondness. We first got to know each other when I was fortunate to get a ride with her up to the ASIST 2009 conference in Vancouver. I was impressed by the breadth of her interests and life experiences which included a stay in a remote region in Africa as a mother of young children. We shared in common connections to Mongolia (I visited for a month in 2003) and later, at her request, I was happy to review a charming children’s story set in Mongolia. I will remember Eliza as a caring, compassionate person who acted without pretense. She showed verve and a quiet, deep internal strength. Eliza continued to be engaged and to do good up until the very end of her life. There is no one else like her in the Information School and I shall miss her a great deal.

  • May 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    With her deep intelligence, warmth, and boundless curiosity, Eliza truly made everything she touched better. I feel so fortunate to have known her over the past two years and to have had the privilege of working alongside her to advance her research. She made you want to work harder, and do more, and do more that matters, and to ask questions. There will be a lot of “What would Eliza do?”s running through my head in the future! To have known Eliza is to have loved her; and I feel so very fortunate to have known her.

  • May 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Eliza was so generous and kind to me when I first came to Bainbridge Island t after 40 years in New England. I had never met her, but we had several mutual friends. She invited me to an event at the UW Library School, drove me to and from the ferry, and even fed me supper in her antique-filled apartment. I remember a room set aside for grandchildren. She was a gracious and remarkable scholar and a loving grandmother. I’m grateful and honored to have known her.

  • May 9, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I will always remember Eliza as a trusted friend, confidant, and respected colleague. My years at Florida State University were made that much better by her presence there, before we both left, she for the University of Washington, and I for the University of South Florida. I will miss her deeply.

  • May 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

    It has been a great privilege to have learned from and worked with Eliza in my work as a PhD student. She and I shared similar passions in our professional work: literacy, learning, and libraries. One thing I knew about Eliza is that she was committed to mentoring and supporting new leaders in the field. She presented and facilitated many conference sessions I attended, and was instrumental in helping me clarify my research interests—our conversations often took much more time than she had in her busy schedule. Moreover, she generously agreed to serve on my Advisory Committee, and offered wise feedback in the preparation of my dissertation proposal. I will greatly miss her passion for our work, her wealth of expertise, and her generous and gentle nature.

  • May 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Eliza and I were co-authors of several articles and co-investigators on many research projects, but this says so little about our relationship. Our friendship was born of a deep mutual respect and the ability to gracefully accept each other’s help as we each carved our separate but frequently intersecting paths through academic life. I am deeply grateful for the time we had together and will miss her always.

  • April 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Eliza worked closely with several of my staff in a collaboration between Project Views and our Connecting the Dots project. Eliza will leave a lasting legacy which demonstrates the power of libraries to develop young minds now and over their lifetime.

    Eliza was also a member of the Library Council of Washington advising on the use of federal funding and discussing issues and opportunities in libraries throughout Washington State. That is where I knew her best. She was warm, passionate about her work, and provided keen observations.

    I will miss her. We will miss her greatly.

  • April 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I’m glad I had a chance to work with Eliza if even for a short time, she was kind, thoughtful and inspiring. She will always be remembered and thought of fondly by so many. I will miss Eliza, but am so very glad for having the opportunity to work with her.

  • April 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I feel very privileged to have worked with Eliza and benefited from her mentorship. I was delighted when Eliza joined the faculty because she represented all the things I love too; youth, literature, and libraries. It was joyful to trade ideas about the classes we both taught in this area and what we felt was important for future librarians to know. When I became a Learning Sciences student in the College of Education, she was very supportive and always interested in what I was up to. I was delighted to participate in the VIEWS2 project and learn from her research work up close. She graciously agreed to serve on my doctoral committee and provided a much-needed perspective to my work during the exam process. As I move forward with my dissertation work on adolescent learning in public libraries, the loss of Eliza is keenly felt. I miss not only her expertise but also her gracious manner of sharing it. I am grateful for the time I spent with her and hope to do honor to her wonderful legacy.

  • April 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Eliza’s death. She was a huge asset to the iSchool and to our profession. My thoughts are with her family and her iSchool colleagues.

  • April 25, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Dr. Eliza Dresang was my master’s and doctoral advisor at Florida State University. Since I first met her in 2005, she has shaped me as a scholar and educator. I was truly fortunate to have an opportunity to take up her work and further develop her theory of Radical Change. She was delighted when I asked her if I could refine and expand her theory. Although she was a highly respected scholar, she was willing to listen to a student’s opinion and always open to discussion. At every moment I worked with her, I was impressed by her tireless pursuit of knowledge, strong academic integrity, and genuine care for others. She was an extraordinary mentor who wholeheartedly supported her students. When there was a thought-provoking but expensive conference opportunity for a student, she supported me to attend and learn. When I applied for a job, she wrote personalized and targeted letters of recommendation. Even after I came to the University of Oklahoma as an assistant professor, she was always approachable whenever I sought her advice. Just about 2 weeks before she passed away, she took the time and sent me a line saying “I am very proud of your work!” referring to my recent research grant award. She was my role model, whom I could completely trust. I know her influence will not stop and I will always remember her.

    P.S. One of my finest memories of her is when we attended the 2010 Scratch@MIT conference together in Boston. We really enjoyed participating in sessions, meeting new people, walking around the area and having dinner in nice restaurants. Oh, we also searched for a convenience store or vending machine that has Diet Cherry Coke. We finally found one and she was very happy!

  • April 25, 2014 at 9:57 am

    The world is a little emptier without you, Eliza. Thanks for the wonderful sharing and caring. Your star shine bright.

  • April 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Eliza chaired the Newbery Committee on which I served and what a marvelous experience it was to learn from her. I was and continue to be fascinated by her mind and her joy in seriously discussing and evaluating distinguished literature written for children. Her legacy for us who care about literature and libraries for young people is amazing.

  • April 24, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Our mom felt so welcomed in the UW ischool and flourished as Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth. The comments on the ischool guestbook are a wonderful testament to the love and support she felt. Mom was so present in our lives; it is inspiring to know she also had such an impact through her work at UW and before that at FSU and in Madison. Thanks to everyone for celebrating Mom and her amazing spirit which will live on in all of us.

  • April 23, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I had the privilege of working for Eliza when she started her job as the Cleary Chair at the University of Washington, as her first graduate assistant. This means I helped her move a lot of boxes (and she did have a lot of boxes in that move, plus a few broken suitcases) and help her get settled in Seattle. I say that, mostly kidding-the job was a lot more than that. Eliza let me work on a lot of different projects-all totally different-in the time I worked for her. In the process, she taught me about the profession, evaluating books, the importance of research and service to the larger ALA community. I can honestly say that working for the iSchool was a game changer for me, and Eliza was a huge part of that.

    After I graduated, Eliza and I still met for breakfast occasionally in Ballard when I visited Seattle. She always tried to make time to visit, and continued to be a mentor and a friend. When we met, she talked often about her family, her grandkids, books and always the 20 or so projects she had in the hopper. She listened to my adventures in librarianship, encouraged me, and very subtly offered advice.

    Eliza was tireless. Coming back to Seattle from ALA in New Orleans, I ended up at the airport at 3:00am or some ugly, ugly, time in the middle of the night and ran into Eliza randomly. She was, after a busy conference, working before she caught a flight back. We talked a little about a few of her projects, all of which were complicated, smart, and meaningful, but of which there were many. When I suggested maybe she was working too hard, she looked at me, sort of impatiently, and said that she enjoyed working and was doing what she wanted to do with her life.

    Working for Eliza made me not only better at breaking down boxes and unpacking books, but a better librarian and human being. She helped me see books and the world in a different way. I’ll miss her.

  • April 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I only met Eliza once in person, but that was all the time I needed to know what an amazing person she is.

    I was at the iConference 2013 in Fort Worth, TX as a doctoral student. My adviser, Allison Druin, got sick and had me as her replacement for this workshop meeting on digital youth. Eliza, Karen, and Katie had organized this pretty amazing workshop trying to figure out the future of digital youth and what directions research could head into.

    Later in the conference, I had a poster presentation on some work I had done on social media and science learning. To my amazement, Eliza stopped by to say hello and asked me about the research I was conducting. I remember her coming to my poster at the iConference and being so amazed someone as highly regarded as her would come to chat with a graduate student.

    I am sad that I will not be working directly with Eliza when I arrive to UW. But what makes me very happy is knowing how her passion for children, literacy, and learning continues to make a strong impact on the future of youth, learning, and information.

  • April 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Although I didn’t have a chance to work closely with Eliza, several of the students whom I TAed did. She was supportive and welcoming in inviting new MLIS students to enter the world of research. Her loss will be felt throughout the iSchool, but her legacy in information science will live on.

  • April 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Our Special friendship

    It started when Eliza moved from Florida toUW as the Endowed Beverly Cleary Professor. I met her at the I school and something “clicked”–her mild yet determined demeanor, her always positive smiley self, her passion for her work and children, and her always willingness to have fun.

    The plot thickens as my other special friend Roberta sold Eliza her home in Ballard. The three of us were now connected! And have been since she came here.

    We shared years of Broadway shows, Seattle Rep theater, sipped wine and had great meals before the shows. We laughed and discussed our favorites, danced in the aisles (Mamma Mia), and usually had no trouble finding our way back to the car!

    Eliza always spoke highly of the people she worked with, loved talking about her grandchildren, and loved going to conferences and meeting with Beverly Cleary and Laura Bush.

    Eliza, Roberta and I truly shared each other lives, listened, and enjoyed our times together.

    The memories will never be forgotten. You were a wonderful friend and will live on as an integral part of our lives.

  • April 23, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Eliza was an amazing person in so many ways! I remember being blown away when she first came to UW–not only did she know all the latest research and popular trends related to youth, she was clearly blazing the newest trails. She was an inspiration for how to maintain a vigorous research career throughout life. She was also a sweet and thoughtful person, always asking about and seeking to help others. I miss you in so many ways, Eliza!

  • April 23, 2014 at 6:48 am

    I feel very honored to have served on the 2014 Odyssey committee with Eliza. She was always articulate, organized, and joyful in her discussions about audiobooks. She was prepared and kind to everyone in expressing her opinions. We will miss her very much.

  • April 23, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Eliza was a wonderful woman and colleague. I have greatly admired her passion for research and teaching and her ability to listen, reflect, and give advice. In addition, her commitment to children and to enriching their lives is incredibly admirable. She will be sorely missed.

  • April 22, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Since I’m new to the iSchool this year, I only got to meet Eliza once, but that was enough to discover what a wonderful person she was. We chatted about books for my niece and she gave me a bunch of titles off the top of her head. She seemed very caring and eager to help connect children with books that would open their minds and spark their imaginations. I wish her family all the best during this time, and my sympathies are with you all.

  • April 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Eliza on a research project (one of the many that helped prove the importance of the work librarians do!) She was a wonderful and rare combination of meticulousness and passion. Her dedication made the project worthy. Her warmth made the project fun. This is a huge loss for youth librarianship…

  • April 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I am so saddened by this loss. Eliza was an amazing, supportive, kind, committed teacher and will be sorely missed in our community. She inspired and challenged me to be the best student I could be and now the best teen librarian I can be. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

  • April 22, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Many of us were lucky enough to have had Eliza Dresang in our lives for a very long time and for me, it began when she was overseeing school libraries in the Madison schools. She was always available to help with a project or participate in a project. We shall all miss her wise comments whenever asked. The world of children and school libraries is a better place because we knew Eliza.

  • April 22, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Eliza Dressing’s influence on all of us will be forever lasting. She was a true light in the darkness and her support of quality literature for children will never fade. Her kindness, compassion and allegiance to our field will always be remembered. My heartfelt sympathy goes to her family, all the children, and to each of us.

  • April 22, 2014 at 11:24 am


    Eliza was a radical, and we all loved her for it.

    Oh, she was pleasant and engaging and charming and gracious.

    But, she was tenacious in her commitment to children, learning, and the importance of reading, narrative, and books in any and all forms.

    Her legacy, of course, includes all of the students she’s help to learn and be fulfilled. And, the rest of us whom she touched as well – faculty and staff at the UW iSchool and other schools across the world, librarians and educators, world leaders, and little kids.

    Eliza’s legacy is also a simple but powerful ideal: books matter. BOOKS MATTER A LOT.

    Eliza taught us to celebrate and champion books of every kind because books make us better, make us more human. Books bring us together and get us thinking and sharing and doing. Regardless of whether hard bound, e-book, audio, or paperback. Seek out the substance, the essence–the ideas, narrative, characters, emotions, setting, plot, and knowledge.

    Let a book touch you and you will be rewarded many times over.

    Thank you Eliza. Thanks for teaching and leading us. We’ll remember you with every book we experience.

    — Mike Eisenberg
    friend and fellow faculty member

  • April 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

    How lucky we all are to have had Eliza with her clear vision, passion for literature -and breaking the barriers that hem us in, her teaching and mentorship and deep research that opened the way to so much of our work on the frontlines of youth librarianship. We are far better and knowledgable in our youth services practice because of the work she did. And we are far better people for having known this insightful, caring, funny and supportive woman. I am so glad we could walk the path together in Wisconsin for a time. Eliza’s influence on me, other youth colleagues and future youth librarians cannot be calculated or encompassed. Safe journeys to a dear colleague.

  • April 22, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Eliza was one of my first contacts at FSU when I entered the doctoral program. She took me to dinner my first week on campus to welcome me to the program and to Tallahassee. Although I did not study in her area her book Radical Change had a great impact on my teaching of technology and change. Time with Eliza was always a guaranteed smile and a laugh. Eliza, I know we doubted your mom’s comment but in the end it sure gave us a good laugh and a comforting, humorous touch base in times of stress…yup, she was right after all. I know you are with her again enjoying more good laughs. You will be deeply missed but your work will continue to live on through all those that use it. A giant with strong shoulders on which we can stand. Thanks!

  • April 22, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I had Dr. Dresang as a professor at Florida State University. I was going to school to become a Reference Librarian. I took one of her classes and was hooked on changing to a Teen Librarian. She showed me how important it was for every person to be exposed to great literature. I have been a Teen Librarian now since 2001. Thank you so much for your inspiration and your dedication to the field of Library Science.

  • April 22, 2014 at 5:53 am

    When Eliza was quiet, it meant that she was giving careful consideration about what to add to the discussion. Her writing opened up so many new “thoughtways” in our field. She was such a powerful force; she will be sorely missed.

  • April 22, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Dr. Dresang was truly inspirational, the rare academic who was as kind as she was insightful. Our field will be the poorer for the loss of her work and her warmth.

  • April 22, 2014 at 3:47 am

    The world is a better place for having had Eliza. There are all sorts of reasons to love and respect her but for me one stands out above all others. Eliza loved children and the children loved her. She made real change in their lives. She gave them attention, genuine respect and the remarkable gift of story. Rest peacefully dear Eliza.

  • April 22, 2014 at 1:35 am

    In the mid 90s when, as a grad student, I stepped into the academic realm of children’s literature, Eliza sat with me and affirmed the work I was doing on representations of American Indians in children’s literature. It meant a lot to me, as did the conversations we had since then, talking about politics of children’s literature and how children’s books touch our lives and the lives of children.

    I will miss her.

  • April 21, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Eliza was one of the people who drew me to UW’s iSchool. My life is richer because of the conversations we had–though I regret that we didn’t have more of them. May those who can carry-on pieces of her work on behalf of children and youth, do so in her memory.

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

  • April 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Dear Eliza:

    I will always remember:
    ….your classes on young adult materials, how they solidified my belief in librarianship.
    ….the virtual author visit and the photograph of me holding her book.
    ….the car ride we shared that took us to the ferry terminal and back.
    ….your gentle demeanor; the depth of knowledge and experience behind your smiles.

    You will be remembered.

  • April 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I only knew Eliza briefly when she and I participated in a reading group on informal learning together, but even in that short time I was impressed and touched by her wisdom, kindness, imagination, curiosity, and intelligence. I feel fortunate to have come in contact with her and wish I could have known her longer. Blessings on her final journey.

  • April 21, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    What a huge loss to the library world. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to take classes from Eliza, and I use what she taught me every day. Thoughts and prayers for her family.

  • April 21, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    What a loss to the LIS community, both professionally and personally. Eliza was a charming and gifted person and a passionate believer in the power of libraries to change the lives of children. She will live on in all of the colleagues and students she inspired to join the great cause of her professional life. My deepest sympathies to her family, friends, colleagues, and students.

  • April 21, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    As a Seattle teacher-librarian and as member of the WLMA community I want to share my appreciation for the dedication and skill that Elizabeth brought to her life’s work. We have all gained so much through her work for children and those who strive to better our world through our work in libraries. The pain of loss is made sharper by all that she has done. May her legacy be felt in the work that carries on in all whose lives she had touched.

  • April 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Eliza, our field has lost a great librarian. Your passion for youth services will be greatly missed, thank you for imparting your knowledge and wisdom. The brief time we spent together on the Library Council of Washington instilled a lifetime dedication, this thanks to
    Librarians like you!

  • April 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    What a loss! A loss because of how much space she filled. As part of the FSU ProjectLEAD cohort, I was and remain in awe of Dr. Dresang. Her willingness to patiently share her deep well of knowledge was humbling. I am forever grateful for the part she played in allowing me to fulfill a dream. Thanks, Dr. D!

  • April 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I did not have personal interaction with Dr. Dresang, but her research has helped champion the value of libraries and their programs to so many who didn’t understand their full impacts. I didn’t completely understand the value of some programs until Dr. Dresang’s research was able to spell it out so nicely and to provide ways for everyone to improve.

    We hope her name lives on for generations.

  • April 21, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Eliza was a wonderful and inspiring colleague. She made such a big impact in so many people’s lives. I feel honored to have known her and we will truly miss her. My deepest condolences to her family.

  • April 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    A lovely, caring person who devoted her life to children and creating a love for literature. Thank you Dr. D, for all that you gave yout students and steering so many of us in the right direction. We love and miss you.

  • April 21, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I feel as if I’ve always known Eliza Dresang, because she’s one of the first people I met in children’s literature. It must have been the late 1990s, because I think she was working on Radical Change, at the time. We shared an affection for Harold and the Purple Crayon. Perhaps we corresponded first (I remember she was one of the first children’s lit people with a website), or maybe I met her at a Nashville Children’s Lit conference in the late 1990s?

    She was such a lovely person, and a dedicated scholar — so thorough, in her research. I’m so very sorry to hear of her passing. I’d taken for granted that she would always be a part of the children’s lit scene, and assumed I would of course bump into her at the next children’s lit conference. My last memory of her is riding the T, one evening, at the 2012 ChLA (Simmons College). A group of us were crowded together, the T jostling us a bit this way and that. I remember being amused by some of the more abrupt jostling, and catching her eye, exchanging a smile. Then, we reached her stop, and she stepped off, into the night.

    Farewell, Eliza, and godspeed —

  • April 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    You will be missed Dr. Dresang! I loved her encouraging words but especially for allowing me to join a local bookclub when she was on the Newbery committee. Her excitement about all the books she had to read flowed over into all of us. The world has lost a great educator and motivator.

  • April 21, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Eliza was a force to be reckoned with and her passing is a loss to the LIS field at large, especially to Youth Services. I was glad to learn under her at FSU and know the ripples of her influence will live on…

  • April 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I always imagined that Eliza and I would continue to cross paths for many years to come. My experience at the iSchool was shaped by the thoughtful, passionate conversations we had about all things youth services. Her innovative outlook and unending dedication to children and the librarians who work with them will continue to be inspirational, pushing me to find the best way to support kids and their families as readers, learners, and explorers. Thank you Eliza.

  • April 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Words cannot express how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to share and learn with Eliza. Her grace and knowledge of libraries, the power of stories and keeping current with our digital natives was priceless. I am forever touched by her impact on my journey through Project LEAD . What a legacy she leaves.

  • April 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    We were all so very fortunate to have known and learned from one of the giants. I liked and respected her greatly. (Dr. D, your influence will be felt for many generations to come…) My thoughts and prayers go out to her family whom she loved dearly.

  • April 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I had the good fortune of having Eliza as a teacher, and then later working with her as a colleague. As someone who was making a career change from English to LIS, I benefited greatly from her kindness, generosity, and guidance. Her passion for and deep knowledge of children’s and young adult literature inspired me, as I know it did countless others. Eliza was a bright, shining star in the lives of many people, and I take comfort in knowing that her light will shine on.

  • April 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I have known the amazing Eliza for a number of years. We shared life and career stories throughout our friendship. I admired her quiet, reassuring manner and her great wisdom about books. She and her friend Bowie traveled with us on the Nye Children’s Literature Study Tours. I still smile to remember once, while in Greece, Sue Fox, my co tour leader and university children’s literature professor colleague, and I wandered back to a pleasant spot at Delphi with Eliza. All our travelers had assembled at the correct meeting place for the bus on time. We were late. As we sheepishly approached the assigned meeting spot, someone called out “How many PhD’s does it take to find the tour bus? Obviously more than three.” We laughed over that many times. We have all lost a great friend and a outstanding scholar.

    Beverly Vaughn Hock

  • April 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    To say I knew Eliza prior to our service on the Laura Bush Foundation Advisory Committee would be a true statement. The depth of that “knowing” did not occur until I spent almost a decade deliberating with Eliza in our meetings about the very best way to assist school libraries to become core assets on their respective campuses. With utmost respect, Eliza contributed passion and wisdom to those conversations. Her physical voice and spirit will be missed; however, her values, like those of others who have missed our meetings, will continue to live through our memories and will be given voice by those of us who remain.

  • April 21, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I am truly thankful for having Dr. Dresang share a season in my life. I will forever appreciate her vision, leadership, high standards, and guidance. The lessons I have learned from her will continue to impact my career and my desire to improve the lives of children. I send my sincerest condolences to her family. Know that she is an inspiration, has an amazing legacy, and will be missed.

  • April 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Eliza. Her gifts of scholarship, insight, and her deep commitment to the professional and research community will live on as powerful beacons. She lived her life as an open book, an invitation to read, learn, reflect and create. And she remains in our hearts and minds as a living book, timeless.

  • April 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Dr. Dresang was such a wonderfully smart, graceful, kind hearted woman!!! As a Project LEAD participant at FSU, I’m eternally grateful for the part she played in changing my career which ultimately made me a happier and more fulfilled person. Prayers of peace for her family!!!

  • April 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Dr. Dresang was such an inspiration to our Project LEAD cohort at Florida State University. I know how torn she was to leave us, but she just lit up to know she would work at UW in a specialized field … and near her granddaughter. We have lost a wonderful representative to our profession. God bless her and her family.

  • April 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Eliza has been a beacon of dedication and passion for serving children for as long as I can remember. She moved our understanding of children’s literature, and, more importantly, impressed on all of us our opportunity and responsibility to nurture young minds and souls. She was kind and generous with her knowledge. We have lost a great lady. Her impact on all of us will continue to make us better. We will miss you,

  • April 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I had the great pleasure of working with Eliza on a number of YALSA committees. She set high standards for our work – always pushing us to think outside the box and move YA library services forward – to implement the radical changes she is so well known for advocating. Although she is no longer with us, she will continue to be known by and to influence future practioners and researchers because of the large body of research she produced. She will be missed, but not forgotten.

  • April 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I met Eliza when she came out to interview for the Cleary Chair position. What a great day that was for me and for everyone in Washington State. Eliza pushed me and everyone else out here to think big…what could we do for our kids, and what did we need to have to make it happen. We have accomplished amazing things with her drive and enthusiasm…and her belief that we just had to keep at it.
    Eliza will be sorely missed by all of us, but she gave us all so much.

  • April 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Eliza was always kind, loving and thoughtful, on both the professional and personal levels. I will miss her on both levels as well. She brought a lot of joy to a lot of people, young and old.

  • April 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Eliza’s book Radical Change certainly changed the way I viewed children’s and young adult print books and as a result influenced the learning of the classroom teachers and school librarians I taught after its publication. She prepared us for the digital evolution that was, at that time, still to come. I am just one of so many who is in Eliza’s debt for her brilliant mind, her kind heart, and her generosity of spirit. I feel lucky to have known her. Truly,

  • April 21, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Eliza was one of the first scholars I met when I began my PhD program in 2004. She has always been so gracious, lovely, and generous. We will miss her enormous scholarly contributions, but more than that, we will miss *her*. My thoughts and prayers are with Eliza’s family and friends during this time.

  • April 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    The name of Eliza Dresang was one I began my career with – a respected, insightful member of the librarian community. Her creative and kind side will always be remembered by many. Thank you for all of your passion and diligent work to better our world.

  • April 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    All of you at UW know how far Eliza’s influence reached and how many people she mentored and befriended. Thank you for giving Eliza a place from which she said she never wanted to retire! She loved working with children, libraries, librarians, and library students. Keep her wisdom and laugh alive and active in the world. She is sadly missed but remembered with joy.

  • April 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Dear Eliza,

    You will live forever in our hearts and through our lives. I have been deeply enriched by your friendship, your collegiality and your leadership. I will miss your physical presence, but I will carry your spirit with me.


  • April 21, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    You leave behind a large community of people who have benefited or will benefit from your body of work, Eliza, as well as your intelligence, commitment, generosity of spirit, support, love. I feel lucky to be able to count myself among them.

  • April 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I came into Youth Services Librarianship with little-to-no knowledge of the purpose of story time. I knew inherently that books ignited imagination and developed literacy, but Eliza single-handedly taught me the power of librarians and their ability to light the fire of reading love in children. I learned how to do story time from Eliza, and she was such a warm and compassionate person who really held her students up to a high standard and expected us to be great. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her a little bit as a participant in the VIEWS2 study, and I so appreciate her tireless effort to prove that librarians, books, and children do matter.

    I have one particularly fond memory of Eliza treating some members of the iYouth group to tickets to see the movie version of Ramona — it was magical to have the opportunity to see Ramona come alive on screen with her.

    I’ll miss you Eliza — I am a better librarian because of you.

  • April 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I met Eliza before I applied to the PhD program. She treated me to lunch at the UW Club. We sat by the windows and looked out over the trees. We talked about teaching, books, and family. She was welcoming, kind, and wise. Sadly, I didn’t have as much time with Eliza as I would have liked. She was not only a dedicated researcher and professor, she was a compassionate, thoughtful, and fully engaged human being. We can continue to learn from her.

  • April 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Oh, Eliza. Your work will continue to inspire me for the rest of my days. Thank you for your tireless work as an instructor, as a passionate leader in the world of Children’s Librarianship, as a champion for cultural competency and compassion, and countless reasons more. You are part of the reason I am living out my own dream as a librarian, and I will always think of you fondly. My heart is heavy at your loss, but it is also filled with a renewed sense of purpose and love of my work. Thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.

  • April 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I can’t remember when I didn’t know Eliza.. As the library supervisor for the Madison, Wisconsin schools she was a such a strong leader and such a wonderful role model for the changing role of the school library media specialist in the early 1980s. I was so delighted when she chose to go into academia because she then was able to share her knowledge, wisdom, experience, and common sense with the next generation of school library professionals. Her contributions to the field through her work in ALSC and AASL, as well as her books and research will be valued by generations to come. I feel very fortunate to have known her as a colleague and a friend. She will be sorely missed.

  • April 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I had the fortune of meeting Eliza at ALA annual last year. I admired her work, her devotion to the kidlit world and youth services, and very much looked forward to learning from her. While I only knew her briefly, she warmly welcomed me into the iSchool community. Her generous advice and encouragement led me to a new friend, directed me to iYouth, and influenced the way I thought about youth services. The library community was so lucky to have had her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

  • April 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I did not know Eliza well, but I do remember when she came to speak to our first-year doctoral research methods class. She spoke of research interests as rhizomes, a type of root structure in plants that divides and spreads, shooting out small nodes. I was worried that my own research interests were too scattered and all over the map; seeing a seasoned professor like Eliza show that she had a similar approach to research–and such a vivid way of articulating it–made me feel more comfortable. She’ll never know how much impact this one small interaction had on me, and in the vast sea of her contributions to the field it is small indeed, but it is something I will always keep with me and treasure.

  • April 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Eliza was a great friend and colleague. We shared our families, scholarship, commitments to children, and commitments to Africa. She had the most modern of minds. Progressive. Heartfelt. And so deeply respectful of children – their intellects, imaginations, and spirits. I will carry Eliza with me in my heart.

  • April 21, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I am heartbroken and deeply saddened. Eliza inspired me to become a librarian, helped me advance in my academic pursuits and supported me in countless ways. Through her research and work she showed the necessity of youth library services and because of her advocacy the world will be a better place for children. I cherish my time with her.
    Thank you so much Eliza.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I was extremely fortunate to have worked on Eliza’s research and take one of my most favorite classes under her instruction at the iSchool, her YA Materials Course. Her ability to inspire me and many others was admirable and made me want to be a better person and professional that would make her proud. I will miss her enthusiasm for her work, her kind and constructive methods of teaching, and her quiet way of building inspiration and courage to go forth in life and provide the best possible services for the youth population. I wish peace to all those that held Eliza in their hearts in this time of sadness.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I remember meeting Eliza during her Madison days when she was the School Library Coordinator and doctoral student at UW – Madison. We were on the ALSC Board at the same time and had lovely, quiet, thoughtful conversations as well as fiery board meetings.
    She was a caring, involved mother and grandmother – visiting her family frequently wherever they were. She was an outstanding scholar, a leader in children’s and YA fields.
    Always extremely thoughtful, intelligent, gracious and caring, she made the world a better place and will be missed by many friends and colleagues. My sympathy to her family and many friends on her loss.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Eliza’s passing. I first met her when she invited a group of librarians from the “Cleary Libraries” to a lunch with one of the Spencer Shaw lecturers. She impressed me with her energy, warmth, and passion for serving children. Over the years, I was privileged to meet with her every year to assist in selecting the author for the Spencer Shaw Lecture, and discuss current research. Those trips to Seattle have been a highlight of the year for me. I will miss her.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I will miss Eliza very much, not just as a teacher, but as a mentor and a friend. I looked forward to each of my classes with her and she taught me so much. My deepest sympathies for her family, friends and the entire iSchool community.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:38 am

    My heart is feeling very heavy today. I was fortunate enough to work with Eliza on the VIEWS2 project and learn from her amazing wealth of knowledge and experiences. Her love for young people was incredibly inspiring. Working with and knowing Eliza has been one of the best parts of my time at the iSchool and I will miss her very much. I am so thankful for the time I had with her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I am a new faculty member here in the iSchool. I did not get the chance to work with Eliza much, but the interactions I did have are strong in my memory. In particular, I remember a one-hour conversation with Eliza during my interviews. In that one hour, it was clear to me that she was a clear thinker, passionate about her research, and one of those individuals that you wanted to follow and work with no matter what she was working on. Her experience, intellect and compassion for others will be dearly missed.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Although I didn’t have the chance to work with Eliza, I count myself lucky to have had the chance to talk and interact with her, however occasionally, over the last few years. Her presence and memory will live on in our school and beyond for many years to come.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Eliza was an amazing force in the world of library youth services. I remember having a conversation with her last fall and being awestruck at all she was doing in order to help understand and facilitate great library and learning experiences for youth. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the chance to exchange ideas with Eliza about the world of libraries and youth and am very grateful that she gave so much to the library world. She was an incredibly generous person and her legacy will be a part of libraries for generations.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I don’t think I ever even had a conversation with Eliza, but I certainly felt her intellectual presence in the iSchool. She was a pioneer not just in library services to youth, but in evidence-based librarianship in general. I hope librarianship carries on her legacy of designing, performing, publishing, and implementing research that advances library services. As Eliza knew, children (and adults) deserve what is truly best, not just what we think might be the best.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I was fortunate to be able to spend time working on the Views2 project with Eliza last year. Not only was her teachings and the research experience of great value but, I was able to meet her and get to know her work and understand the profound effect that her work has on the way that we engage with and help nurture children. I am deeply saddened by her passing and I am so very grateful to be taught by such a caring and wonderful person.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I am so grateful to have had so much interaction with Eliza over the last year and a half. She was one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever had and my future career and personal engagement with the field of youth library services will always carry her mark. My thoughts are with her family.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I had Eliza for a YA Materials class and was so amazed by her wealth of knowledge and expertise on all things YA and children. She taught me so much in one quarter; I can’t imagine the scope of things she’s helped so many students and faculty learn about young people and literature. I know everyone on campus and far beyond will miss her dearly. Wishing her family peace and support from their community during this sad time.

  • April 21, 2014 at 11:00 am

    My heart goes out to Eliza’s family. Eliza inspired us all with her deep love for children and youth services. I always felt a sense of warmth and acceptance in Eliza’s presence and she will truly be missed.

  • April 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

    The children of this world will miss you, Eliza!
    I count myself as one of them.
    You taught me from afar how to enjoy what children could teach us
    and to share that in all that we do as scholars.
    I will never stop missing your energy.
    In love and sadness…

  • April 21, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Eliza’s love for children, students, and access has been so very inspirational to me. Her lessons will continue to play out, not only in my professional endeavors, but also in my personal life as I hope to always keep the interest of others, especially the little ones, at the forefront of my actions. I feel honored to have known such a wonderful woman.

  • April 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I will miss Eliza’s very much as a dear friend and colleague. Her students truly loved her, and the gap that she leaves is enormous. She is a role model to us all, and a beloved educator to many. When Eliza spoke we all listened, not just to her wisdom, but her innovative ideas and points of view. Her life has touched so many others.

  • April 21, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Professor Dresang’s work was one of the reasons I chose to come to this school. She made time to meet with me and expressed genuine interest in my development as a student, even though I wasn’t in her classes. My deepest sympathies go out to her family.

  • April 21, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I am so grateful for Eliza’s mentorship and friendship over the last two years. Her approach to research, teaching, advising–really every aspect of being a professor–is my gold standard. I’ll miss Eliza deeply and will keep her in my thoughts as we continue to grow the Digital Youth initiative at the UW iSchool. We’ll make you proud, Eliza.

  • April 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Last year, before leaving our hotel in Monterrey (no quirky B&B for us this time), Eliza shared with me two books she was nominating for an award. The criteria for the award was a children’s book that hadn’t received the recognition it deserved when first published. Eliza showed me both books. One was “The Hobyahs” by Robert D. San Souci. We talked about it at length over lunch. Then following lunch, we drove over to Beverly’s facility to visit with her. We shared with Beverly Eliza’s IMLS-funded research on early literacy and story times in the library. At some point of the conversation, Eliza asked Beverly what her favorite book was to read to children during the story hour at the Yakima library. Beverly didn’t hesitate – at 97 her memory is still so sharp – and said her favorite book was “The Hobyahs.” Eliza and I about fell over.

  • April 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

    In 2011, on our trip to Carmel, in trying to find a moderately priced place to stay while visiting Beverly Cleary, we booked ourselves in a quaint bed and breakfast. Eliza’s room was the quaintest of all. It was a little cottage with a door that was tiny in width and height. Clearly, when Eliza checked in, they knew she was one of only a handful of people they could have given that cottage, given its quirky dimensions. When you opened the little door, you were met with a very steep, very narrow staircase that led up to a loft with a bed. In recounting the story of Eliza’s little cottage to Beverly Cleary the next day, Beverly shared with us that she and Clarence had spent their honeymoon in that very cottage. And the roof leaked and they had to cover the bed with LIFE magazines to keep it dry.

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