Sometimes when I tell people that I’m the administrative assistant for Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, I imagine that they’re thinking, “What in the world does that mean?” Simply enough, admin assistants help a committee do its work. For PPYA, my primary job is to keep track of nominations, making sure that we have the correct information for each nominated title. I also contact publishers, to inform them about their nominated books and ask for review copies for the committee’s members. Finally, I help the members and the chair with any questions or problems they have.

As the admin assistant, I don’t have the reading tasks that the rest of the committee has (although I’m certainly trying to read as much as I can, so I can offer my own thoughts during PPYA discussions at Annual!). But as a past member of the committee, I’m very excited to be part of the program that PPYA will be presenting at Annual. “How to be Popular AND Smart: YALSA’s Popular Paperbacks List” will tell you all about how to use PPYA lists to connect teens to literature that’s both fun and fulfilling. Hope to see you there, on Monday, June 25 at 10:30!

Melissa Rabey

Administrative Assistant, PPYA

About PPYA

The Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults committee is a YALSA committee that creates themed lists of POPULAR materials for teens for use by libraries for Collection Development, Reader's Advisory, etc. Each year we develop up to five (usually four) lists focused on timely topics or specific genres. The titles selected for the list must be available in paperback, in print, and may not have been on a PPYA list in the past five years. This selection committee is a lot of reading, a lot of work -- and a TON of fun!

One Thought on “Popular and Smart: the Administrative Assistant

  1. michelle [Visitor] on June 14, 2007 at 10:19 pm said:

    oh! thanks for explaining. i’d seen the position listed, and wondered what it involved. now i know. 🙂

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