YA Galley Groups

YA Galley is an ongoing project in which publishers of young adult books provide copies of their recent titles to teen book discussion groups in libraries. In exchange, teen readers evaluate books for the publishers.

Applications are now closed. The YA Galley committee will select 15 groups during the ALA’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. this June. Each selected group will serve a two-year term beginning in November 2010.

Beginning in August 2011, these select groups will nominate titles for the 2011 Teens' Top Ten. Teens across the country will choose their favorite books of the year by voting on these nominations.

Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387.

Duties for YA Galley Group Advisors

  1. To oversee, support, and encourage young adult participants in the YAGalley project.
  2. To participate actively in the YAGalley listserv, monitoring all postings and sharing ideas and expressing opinions as needed.
  3. To maintain contact and provide feedback to the YAGalley Committee when necessary.
  4. To plan projects with teen members that utilize YAGalley books, from teen input into library book selection to topical discussions, booktalk presentations and other peer book promotion, summer reading programs, outreach to special teen audiences, and other activities.
  5. To keep track of participating book publishers and contact information for each.
  6. To keep track of the books sent and what teens are reading.
  7. To assure that teens know how to critically evaluate the books they read and how to effectively complete the required evaluation form.
  8. To encourage teens to complete evaluation forms. (Evaluation forms are required)
  9. To forward copies of completed evaluation forms to the individual publishers. (NOTE: Publishers participate in YA Galley to gain feedback on teen opinions of their books, which teen groups have an obligation to provide in a timely manner.)
  10. To conduct book evaluation meetings and to encourage teens to nominate titles for Teens’ Top Ten (TTT) by the March deadline.
  11. Encourage teens to vote in the YA Galley vote that determines the final TTT nominations for the national teen vote.

About YA Galley

YA Galley is an ongoing project in which publishers of young adult books provide copies of their recent titles to teen book discussion groups in libraries. In exchange, teen readers evaluate books for the publishers. The selected libraries will receive review and galley copies of new young adult titles from the more than 20 participating publishers, in exchange for providing the publishers with important feedback.

The 15 libraries receive galleys and review copies for their own use and act as nominators for the Teens’ Top Ten  list of the best new books for young adults. Teens are responsible for creating a national list of new titles that is voted on by teens in August and September. Winners are announced during YALSA’s Teen Read Week, held each year in the third week of October. Voting takes place at  www.ala.org/teenstopten.