The books on this list offer opportunities to discover new ideas, and provide an introduction to the fascinating variety of subjects within an academic discipline. Readers will gain an understanding of our diverse world and build a foundation to deepen their response to that world.
The 2004 list is organized into five academic disciplines: history, humanities, literature and language arts, science and technology, and social sciences and includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography and drama. The committee selected works using a variety of criteria: readability, cultural and ethnic diversity, balance of view points, and variety of genres and title availability, with a focus on titles that have been published over the past five years.
A YALSA Committee of public, secondary school, and academic librarians, in collaboration with the Association of College and Research Libraries, selected the 2004 list. Revised every five years as a tool for several audiences--students preparing for college, educators, librarians, and parents-- it offers opportunities for independent reading and lifelong learning. Use it to round out your reading as you prepare for college entrance exams and courses, to strengthen your knowledge in a variety of subject areas and enhance appreciation for different cultures and times.
Members of the 2004 OBCB committee are:
Mary Arnold, Chair, Cuyahoga County Library, Maple Heights, Ohio; Paula Brehm-Heeger, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio; Jennifer Bromann, Lincoln Way Central High School, New Lenox, Illinois; Kevin Deemer, Kent State University, Ashtabula, Ohio; Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin; Karin Griffin, Marymount College, Palos Verdes, California; Alison Hendon, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York; Daniel Kissane, SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, New York; Diane Emge, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, Florida; Donna Nix, Charles J. Keffer Library, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jeneen Willemssen, Conserve School, Land O Lakes, Wisconsin; Barbara Klipper, Ferguson Library, Stamford, Connecticut; Nicole Marcuccilli, Glenview Public Library, Glenview, Illinois; Louise Miller, St. Albert the Great School, North Royalton, Ohio; Soraya Magalhaes-Willson, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (ACRL Liaison).