"Outstanding Books for the College Bound"

For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/13/2011

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CHICAGO — Connecting teens to books they’ll truly enjoy is the aim of every young adult librarian, and the completely revamped guide “Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation,” published by ALA Editions,will give teen services staff members the leg up they need to make it happen. Edited by Angela Carstensen, it lists nearly 200 books deemed outstanding for the college bound by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).  More than simply a collection development tool, this book can help librarians assist young adults grow into the kind of independent readers and thinkers who will flourish at college. This resource:

  • Examines how the previous lists in the series were developed, and explains the book’s new layout;
  • Features engaging, helpful book descriptions useful for readers’ advisory;
  • Offers programming tips and other ideas for ways the lists can be used at schools and public libraries;
  • Includes indexes searchable by topic, year, title and author. 

Carstensen is head librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart, a K–12 independent school for girls in New York City. An active member of YALSA since 2000, she served as the chair of the 2010 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults committee. She previously served for four years on the Alex Awards committee and as chair in 2008.

The Mission of Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of ALA, is to advocate, promote and strengthen library service to teens, ages 12-18, as part of the continuum of total library services, and to support those who provide library service to this population.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. ALA Editions publishes resources used worldwide by tens of thousands of library and information professionals to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a growing range of print and electronic formats. Contact ALA Editions at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5418 or editionsmarketing@ala.org.