Quick (and Useful) Collection Development – Awards & Lists Version

2013 YALSA Best of the Best logoThe spring issue of YALS is all about YALSA’s awards and lists and of course adding titles to library collections for teens is a part of a library’s collection development.

Many (most?) school librarians are placing summer book orders, enabling them to have wonderful new books on display when students return in September (or August, for some of you).  Public librarians are always looking for great new teen reads to help keep up with demand.  What could be better than following the awards and lists and choosing from them?
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The Club Formerly Known as Printz (Spring 2013)

In Darkness by Nick Lake coverThe spring issue of YALS is filled with articles on YALSA’s annual booklists and awards. But, of course, awards and lists are not a once-a-year kind of thing. Throughout the year library staff working with teens sponsor events related to books that appear on lists and that have won awards. Staff also work with young adults on projects where they – the teens – get to choose what should win the next award. One great example of that kind of program is covered on the YALSAblog and The Hub in a post by Sharon Grover titled The Club Formerly Known as Printz. Check it out to find out how teens can get so excited about reading books that they move from one program purpose to another.

If you are a YALSA member YALS is a perk of your membership dues. If not a member learn how to join, or learn how to subscribe.

Life on an Awards or Lists Committee (Spring 2013)

The Spring 2013 issue of YALS is all about the association’s awards and lists and in this video, with Laura Pearle, chair of the YALS Editorial Advisory Board and current chairs of many of YALSA’s awards and lists, you’ll learn a bit about what it’s like to be a member of one of these committees. Find out:

  • What the reading load is like and how to manage it.
  • What it takes to feel comfortable speaking up in committee meetings.
  • General advice on how and why to it’s worth being involved in this work.

If you are interested in participating in a YALSA selected list committee you will want to fill out a volunteer form. If you are interested in being on the ballot for an awards committee you’ll need to fill out a nomination form, or you can contact the Chair of the Awards Governance Committee, Pam Spencer Holley. In order to serve you have to be a member of the association.

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