ALA Midwinter 2014

Take Note of These Books at #alamw14

Several blogger have written about attending the 2014 Notable Children’s Books committee meetings this conference. I was able to sit in on their meetings today and it was so interesting to see how they run their discussion. As they went through each book on the list, they started by sharing positives and then everyone was given a chance to address any concerns they had about the title.

Committee members keep an open mind about the books they’re discussing, allowing their opinions to be changed as people make points and bring up concerns. The discussions have to be very brief; they went through 32 books in the space of about 2.5 hours. And they do all that with an audience!

Since these are open meetings, sitting in is a great experience for anyone interested in book evaluation or book discussion. And the nominees are updated throughout the year on the Children’s Notables website so it’s easy to keep track of great books coming out throughout the year.

— Abby Johnson, Children’s Services Manual
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
New Albany, IN

One comment

  1. Jennifer Schultz

    I appreciate the fact that the Notables committee posts their discussion lists (usually soon after Annual and then one right before Midwinter). They are fantastic collection development tools! Observing a Notables committee meeting is something that conference attendees should definitely try to take advantage of!

    The YALSA committees (that are not closed discussion) also post their discussion lists online–also great collection development tools.

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