Great Books Giveaway Competition

About the Great Books Giveaway Competition
Each year the YALSA office receives approximately 1200 newly published books, videos, CDs and audiocassettes, materials that have been targeted primarily towards young adults.   Publishers and producers submit copies for selection committees to review and nominate. 

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

This award is given out on an annual basis.

Eligibility

Applicants must be personal members of YALSA as well as ALA. Organizational members are not eligible. Previous winners are not eligible. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicant Responsibility

Shipping and handling charges are the responsibility of the institution selected to receive the Great Book Giveaway collection. For purposes of estimating shipping costs, winning collections have weighed as much as 2000 lbs. and included as many as 35 cartons. Shipping ranges from $500 - $800.

Application Instructions

Guidelines

  1. Applicants must be personal members of YALSA as well as ALA. Organizational members are not eligible.
  2. All applications must be received complete in the YALSA office no later than December 1.
  3. All entries must include the cover sheet provided by YALSA.
  4. The application must be signed by the director of the public library, the superintendent of schools, the building-level administrator or the director of the institution.
  5. Applicants must agree to accept all the materials received at the YALSA office, with the understanding that this collection is material targeted primarily for young adults, ages 12-18.
  6. The cover sheet, supplementary materials and an electronic copy of the current, board-approved collection development policy must be submitted via email to ngilbert@ala.org by Dec. 1 of each year. Applications must be sent electronically; hard copies will not be accepted.
  7. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  8. Shipping and handling charges are the responsibility of the institution selected to receive the Great Book Giveaway collection. For purposes of estimating shipping costs, winning collections have weighed as much as 2,000 lbs. and included as many as 35 cartons. Shipping ranges from $500 - $800.

Contact Information

Letitia Smith (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014) - lsmith@ala.org
Work Phone: 312-280-4390
ALA/ YALSA
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2729

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Selection Criteria

Each application will be judged on the basis of:
 
    * The degree of need in the community. (20 points)
    * The degree of need of the school, public library, or institution where the library is located. (20 points)
    * The degree of improvement of service to young adults in the community. (20 points).
    * The degree of clarity and effectiveness of the statement of need. (20 points)
    * An estimate of the age of the nonfiction collection. (10 points)
    * The currency and completeness of the institution’s board approved collection development policy, including the materials selection policy, with procedures for handling challenges. (10 points)
 
A total of 100 points is possible.   Each entry will be rated by this point system and the winning application will be the one with the highest total number of points.  The YALSA Executive Committee will judge the applications.

Notification

The recipient of the Great Books Giveaway will be announced by a press release issued by the ALA Public Information Office during the upcoming Midwinter Meeting.