Are you a YALSA member interested in serving on one of the committees that chooses the books honored by YALSA’s awards and selected lists? Consider filling out a volunteer form! The following award and selected list committees have openings:
- Alex Award
- Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
- Best Fiction for Young Adults
- Great Graphic Novels for Teens
- Morris Award
- Odyssey Award
- Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults*
- Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
(For those of you more interested in the behind-the-scenes work of the organization, appointments will also be made this fall to the 2015 Midwinter Marketing & Local Arrangements Taskforce, 2015 Midwinter Trends in YA Presentation Planning Taskforce, Awards Nominating Committee, Governance Nominating Committee.)
Keep in mind that to be considered for an appointment, you must be a current personal member of YALSA and submit a volunteer form by 1 October. If you are appointed, service will begin on February 1, 2014. If you are currently serving on a selection or award committee and you are interested in serving for another term (and are eligible to do so), you must fill out a volunteer form for this round. Serving on a committee or taskforce is a significant commitment. Please review the resources on YALSA’s website before you submit a form to make sure that committee work is a good fit for you at this point in time.
Want more information? Email YALSA President-Elect Chris Shoemaker.
*Please note that the PPYA Committee is being piloted as an all-virtual committee for the coming year. YALSA members with book selection and evaluation experience and who are comfortable working in an online environment with tools like ALA Connect, Google Docs, Skype, etc. should put their names forward for consideration.