Pura Belpré Expansion Task Force


The task force should undertake these two charges in the following order:
Propose a detailed implementation plan to expand the Pura Belpré award to include YA books, using the YALSA Board proposal as a guideline and including the ALSC Board request to consult with the ALSC Budget Committee regarding sharing costs between ALSC and YALSA.   The implementation plan should include a timeline that allows for the first award inclusive of YA to be presented by 2020, and detail all considerations that need to be addressed to update terms and criteria, procedures, and an MOU for all three organizations.  In order to expedite the expansion, other changes to terms and criteria beyond inclusion of YA books should be held for later. 
Explore options for providing recommendations of materials of interest to Latino youth.  Consider questions from the ALSC Board as detailed in Task Force Resources; as well as the YALSA Board proposal and discussion, noting that an annual list would not conform w/ YALSA’s latest vision for readers’ advisory/collection development. The YALSA Board asks that materials recommendations should happen year-round via the Hub.  The task force may consider the questions regarding Belpré criteria as raised in the original proposal within the context of this exploration, and should note the ALSC & YALSA Board discussions on both matters. 


Caitlin D. Jacobson (Consultant, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)

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2 co-chairs (1 each from REFORMA and ALSC), plus 1-2 members each from YALSA, REFORMA, and ALSC (2 co-chairs + 4-6); the task force will function virtually, with the chairs attending ALA Annual and Midwinter conferences to deliver recommendations. 


Established at the request of the ALSC Board of Directors.

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