If you read the YALSA Board Documents concerning the changes to YALSA's lists and awards (aka The BBYA Changes), you see that the documents state that "There is concern among member leaders that the portfolio of YALSA’s lists, as they are now, are not useful to many members or the library community."
I'm a list type of gal. Give me a list like BBYA, and the first thing I'm doing is counting up how many I read and wonder if I can fit in reading the ones I didn't. Of course, YALSA and BBYA doesn't exist to give guidance to Liz on What To Read Next.
So, for those of you who think "the list isn't useful to me!" here are the ways I have used the YALSA lists. Please add any other ideas in the comments.
Collection Development. Does my library own this book?
Booktalks. When looking for new books to booktalk (either one on one or to groups), I go to the YALSA lists for new titles.
Displays. Displays can be themed to the list (a BBYA display) or just useful for other displays (non-fiction, fantasy, etc.)
Other Booklist Nerds. I'm not unique in using lists like this to guide reading; I'm sure that the list as a booklist (either whole or in part -- 90 titles is a lot to fit on a bookmark!) will be appreciated by many teens.
Book Discussions. Whether its traditional (finding the one book to read) or open ended (reading any book), the lists are great for book discussion ideas. This is also true for ongoing nominated lists; many librarians like to use the nominated titles instead of waiting for the selected lists or awards.
So, how else do you use the lists and awards, either personally, professionally, or with teens?
If you're a non-librarian, do you use these lists? Do you want to know more about them?
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