Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Doing Our Part: YALSA Award and Selection List Nominations

Remember last year when I blogged about how anyone can suggest titles for YALSA's award and selection lists? And I explained how to do it and why it's important?

Here's a reminder. Please read it if you haven't.

I wanted to put out a little more information about the committee I am a part of this year. As you may or may not know, I am a member of this Outstanding Books for the College Bound (OBCB). Here is our charge and on that site, you'll also see the list from the prior committee. If you are too lazy to click the link, it reads:

The books on this list offer opportunities to discover new ideas, and provide an introduction to the fascinating variety of subjects within an academic discipline. Readers will gain an understanding of our diverse world and build a foundation to deepen their response to that world. This list is developed every five years.
A YALSA committee of public, secondary school, and academic librarians sellects the list.  Revised every five years as a tool for several audiences (students preparing for college, educators, librarians, and parents) it offers opportunities for independent reading and lifelong learning. Use it to round out your reading as you prepare for college entrance exams and courses, to strengthen your knowledge in a variety of subject areas and enhance appreciation for different cultures and times.

The OBCB is a committee that comes together only once every five years. So this list is updated every five years. Meaning -- there is a lot of stuff to read and consider for the list when it is revisited and revised.

But you can be a part of this process, and I BEG you to help out. If you know of books that fit the charge, that you think the committee should at least consider (and note -- it doesn't mean the title will ever be nominated but it will at least be looked at and considered), please suggest it here. I am focusing on reading books falling into a couple of the categories of our committee, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences. I feel like I am getting a really neat education of stuff I have always been interested in and in things I never knew about before.

Who can suggest titles? Anyone who reads. You just cannot be the author of the book or related to the publisher/house. Details are on the form.

If you haven't spent a few minutes suggesting titles for any lists yet this year, get to it. I plan on sitting down one weekend and filling out a ton of suggestions for books I've read and loved this year. I urge you to do this, too.


  1. Why is selects spelled with a double l?

    1. Thanks for catching the typo Christina-- I've told YALSA so it can get fixed.

      Kelly-- thanks for highlighting us!


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