This fall, with the help of a stalwart taskforce, I’ll be making appointments to the following selection list and award committees, which will begin their work on 2/1/13:

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
Best Fiction for Young Adults
Fabulous Films for Young Adults
Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Alex Award
Morris Award
Odyssey Award

Outstanding Books for the College Bound

I’ll also be appointing to these other awesome groups
2014 Midwinter Marketing & Local Arrangements Taskforce
2014 Midwinter Paper Presentation Planning Taskforce
Readers’ Choice List Taskforce

The 2014 Midwinter Meeting is in Philadelphia, Jan. 24 – 28

What do you need to bring to the table?
Experience in selecting and evaluating Young Adult materials as well as the time to volunteer your skills. We look for broad representation of our diverse YALSA members on all of our committees.

Below is some of the fine print to help both new and seasoned members get started in this year’s process.

How does the appointments process work?
To serve on a committee, you must be officially appointed by YALSA’s President-Elect. YALSA is collecting volunteer forms from now through Sept. 30 for members who would like to serve on selection and award committees that begin work on Feb. 1, 2013. If you are currently serving on a selection or award committee and you are eligible to and interested in serving for another term, you must fill out a volunteer form. This is the only way that I’ll know for certain that you’re interested in continuing on the committee. Also, please note that except for the 2013 and 2014 Popular Paperback for Young Adults committees, these selection and award committee members are required to attend both Midwinter and Annual conferences. Please ensure that you can travel to both conferences before you volunteer.

What do volunteers need to know?
Before you volunteer to serve on a committee or taskforce, you’ll want to learn what the group does and what your responsibilities will be. YALSA has created a free webinar with information about what it’s like to serve on a selection or award committee. Be sure to take the time to view it. You can also contact the chair directly to let him/her know you’re interested in serving and to ask questions about what your involvement will entail. Names and contact information for all the committee chairs are available from the Governance page on YALSA’s website. From the Get Involved page on YALSA’s website you’ll also find information about each of the committees’ functions, size, etc. Lastly, be sure to read through YALSA’s Handbook, especially the sections that list responsibilities for committee members.

In order to be considered for a selection or award committee, you need to fill out a Selection Committee Volunteer Form by Sept. 30.

What else? What’s next?
To learn more about volunteering for committees and taskforces, as well as the appointments process, visit the Get Involved section of the YALSA website. You can also feel free to get in touch with me with any lingering questions at

Are you awesome for reading through to the end of this detailed post? Definitely.


About Shannon Peterson

Shannon Peterson is the 2013-2014 YALSA President and Youth Services Manager at Kitsap Regional Library.

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