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Getting Beyond 'It's Good . . .': Evaluating and Reviewing Books for Youth

Location: Online
$250 (Simmons SLIS Alumni Price $200)
February 1 - February 28, 2014 - PDPs: 15

Learn to evaluate books for youth ages 0-18 with a discriminating eye! Instructor Beth Gallaway will cover terms to know and things to watch out for. Participants should be prepared to read and write reviews of picture, informational and chapter books less than three years old, and be comfortable enough with computers to navigate Good Reads .

By the end of this session, participants will learn how to:

  • Read a book review with a critical eye
  • Share online and print review resources, selection materials and resources for youth collections
  • Discuss criteria for evaluating picture books, informational books, chapter books and other materials for youth
  • Test new evaluation skills by writing and editing reviews of books for youth

The goal is for everyone to become practiced at each format, but age ranges are not specified for any of the review categories. Participants may choose to focus reviews within each format on materials for whatever age group they serve.

If you are NOT interested in book reviewing as part of your professional development, this session will provide a solid overview of selecting for excellence that will aid collection development for youth.

Beth Gallaway: Library Journal Mover & Shaker Beth Gallaway is an independent library consultant specializing in gaming, technology, and youth services. She is currently serving as the Assistant Director at the Haverhill (MA) Public Library.

Please note: While we try to be as accurate as we can be with our workshop descriptions, please contact SLIS CE or the workshop instructor to ensure that the class meets your expectations for content, format, rigor, etc.

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