When you’re on a “locked door” committee, you don’t get a lot of time to experience an ALA conference. Why? Because from 1:30-5:30 on Saturday and Sunday you’re in your locked room, with your committee, talking about the nominated books. That’s if you’re lucky! Some committees meet all day.
Posts Tagged ‘YALSA’
Posted by lpearle on 31 July 2012
Posted by lpearle on 27 June 2012
Many people assume that when you say “I’m going to Anaheim” what you mean is “I’m going to Disneyland”. And many people assume that when you say that you’re going to a conference, you’re going to a wild convention that should stay in Vegas. For some
librarianspeople, that’s true. Not for me: I haven’t been back to Disneyland since ’71 (and I’ve never been to Disneyworld), and this time around my conference included so many committee meetings that I didn’t get to too many learning sessions.
Posted by lpearle on 23 May 2012
With a mere 30 days before ALA Annual starts, the YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction for Young Adults book award committee is reading reading reading. I’ve read something like 30 books thus far on a variety of topics, and rumor has it that another 10-12 books are due to arrive at any time. The Committee is discussing the books using both e-mail and ALA Connect, assessing them per the charge:
To annually select the best nonfiction title published for young adults between November 1 of the preceding year and October 31 of the current year, available in English in the United States and, if desired, to also select honor titles. The short list of finalists will be announced during the first week of December, with the winning title announced at the following ALA Midwinter Meeting. The winners and honor authors will be recognized at an ALA or YALSA Conference.
Now, that’s a little vague. In determining what’s “best”, we’re looking at text, how the images integrate with the text (and enhance it), what additional materials there are (e.g., a glossary, a timeline or a bibliography) and how the whole contributes to our knowledge of the topic and is marketed to young adults. So, for example, last year’s Turn Right at Machu Picchu or 2010′s Unbroken, while filled with YA goodness, were written as adult books and marketed to adults, were not eligible.
There’s also a question of accuracy. While not explicitly mentioned in our charge (or any YALSA definition of “best”), accuracy in non-fiction is imperative. If there’s a glaring factual error, there may be smaller, less glaring errors. Or errors in areas of the topic about which I have no prior knowledge. Example: if a book tells me that the people of Mexico speak Mexicoan (I’m watching the Conversations with Dead People episode of Buffy as I type, hence that gem), I’m going to question what else I’m missing in the book. Wouldn’t you?
Some of the books we’ve read have had errors. Some have had questionable facts from questionable sources. Some show bias where they perhaps shouldn’t. And some have been clearly written for a younger group (it’s possible the publishers aren’t clear about our age grouping).
Luckily, those are in the minority. Overall, however, the books have been good. We’ve been nominating a number of them (there’ll be an annotated list of all the nominations available for use as a collection development tool – here are previous year’s lists [note: you'll need to log in]). We’ve even had a field nomination. What’s that?
Field suggestions are encouraged. To be eligible, they must be submitted on the official suggestion form. The form will allow for both a rationale and summary of nominated titles. Committee members will be notified of all field suggestions, which are eligible to be considered for nomination by members. Nominated titles must also have a second from a committee member. Only those titles that have been nominated will be discussed at Midwinter and Annual Conference meetings, as well as phone meetings, though a committee member may request that a suggested title be moved to the discussion list and thus treated as a nominated title. Furthermore, all nominated titles must be discussed. To prevent a conflict of interest, publishers, authors, or editors may not nominate titles in which they have a vested interest.
If you’ve read a YA non-fiction book that you think deserves our attention, here’s the form. Don’t forget, however, that we – the Committee – need to second your nomination. Don’t let that deter you, though, because there may be a book (or two) that we haven’t really thought about, or one that we’re on the fence about and your nomination may be the nudge the book needs.
Stay tuned for more from Behind the Locked Door.
Posted by lpearle on 9 July 2011
Yes, ALA11 ended over a week ago, but in my defense there have been a few things going on in my life that have delayed this post.
Seriously, I was just walking down the block, heading home, and this was parked on the corner. I was powerless to resist the lure of a frappe and a cupcake. Watch out f people! The next morning, I went to Mile End for breakfast – yummy. And then my friend Angela and I headed to Terminal 5 at JFK for our flight south.
No sooner had I entered my hotel room than Wendy phoned asking about meeting for drinks before dinner, and if Stephen could join her, Amy and me for dinner. Of course I said yes, and quickly unpacked then ran to meet them at Napoleon House before heading to Bayona for dinner. The next morning, before heading off to a Super Secret Focus Group, I met Wendy, Amy and Angela for breakfast:
What a great way to get ready for my first presentation on Disaster Preparation for School Librarians (slides here; the video should be on-line at some point). Then it was off to the event Amy refers to as “the running of the bulls”. Well, this bull is getting old, and only managed 36 ARCs in 15-ish minutes. Still, the overall haul from ALA was 53 books:
Then it was back to the hotel and out to Mother’s for dinner with Francey, Amy, Wendy and Deb. Later that night I had my tarot read by Phil, thanks to the folks at Little, Brown during their Smoke and Bone party at (the ARC is rapidly coming up on my TBR pile)… after which I went “home” and to bed.
Saturday brought my next presentation, To E or Not to E, part of the From Gutenberg to Glogs presentation (with Wendy, Angela and Carla – slides here), then sessions. More sessions on Sunday, followed by the ISS gathering where I met Kate (with whom I’ll be serving on the YALSA Publications Advisory Board) and Lisa.
Monday, my last day, was also my last presentation, this time on Best Practices for Library Websites for Teens (with Francey and Jody – LiveBinder here). I then raced back to the hotel to check out and the incredible receptionist suggested that I mail my books home from the UPS Store nearby, rather than dragging everything back to the convention center (the UPS people were amazingly helpful and they gave me a AAA discount!). Back at the convention center, I attended one last session before heading to the airport with Patty.
Session round-ups and thoughts coming soon – I promise!
Posted by lpearle on 17 June 2011
I’ve got quite the schedule this summer, and already I’m tired. The disaster preparation/recovery presentation to ASLA came and went, but if you’re heading to ALA next week, you’ll find me here:
- Disaster Preparedness for School Librarians
- From Gutenberg to Google and Glogs, From Books to Vooks
- Best Practices in Library Websites for Teens
(that’s in addition to the semi-annual ARC hunt, attending several sessions and other professional meetings, of course)
Then in July, it’s off to the Taft Education Centers for a guest appearance at A Whole New Animal? 21st Century Collection Development. Finally, in August, I’m doing a webinar for YALSA, From 140 Characters to 10 Pages: Teens, Social Media and Information Literacy.
Hope to see some of you there!
Posted by lpearle on 29 April 2011
Wow. Just… wow. I won election to the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Committee for 2012! Wondering what that means? LizB explains it all (she’s on the committee this year).
This officially changes what (and how much) I’ll be reading next year. Luckily, I’m a pretty fast reader, and besides Liz, I know many members of the previous committees I can ask for support and advice. And I come to my reviewing cred naturally (kudos, Dad!) so no worries there.
Guess I better plow through my current TBR pile even faster than previously planned… and a huge THANK YOU to those who voted for me!
Posted by lpearle on 19 January 2010
If you want to see my presentation on how to “flip” your shelving, it’s up on Slideshare. Wendy’s presentation on how to“flip” your collection is also on Slideshare, as is Buffy’s presentation “reflect, remix, reinterpret, reinvent: collection for today’s teens“