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You be the Judge: YA Selection & Awards Committees

Location: Online
$250 (Simmons SLIS Alumni Price $200)
July 1 - July 31, 2012 - PDPs: 15 Canceled

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to serve on a selection committee or judging panel in the world of young adult literature? Tried to figure out if you could balance the workload along with your career, your family, and even take the occasional break? Join Robin Brenner, who’s served on a variety of YALSA selection and awards committees as member and Chair as well as judged outside the library sphere (The Will Eisner Awards, The Boston Globe Horn Book Awards) for a look at the thrill and hard work behind judging. Learn what will be expected of you, how to manage all that reading, and how to make sure to consider works according to different awards criteria. In the course of the month, students will participate in a mock judging committee, not based on any particular committee but built to get students to understand the basic process and feel the excitement of whittling down selections until a winner is selected. Students will be emailed with a reading list before the class begins to prepare for their mock committee discussions.

Robin Brenner: Robin Brenner is a Reference/Teen Librarian, Brookline, MA.

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