Best Fiction For Young Adults Committee Description

Type: Standing

Membership: 15 members, including chair, plus an administrative assistant, if requested by the chair, and a consultant from the staff of Booklist.

Qualifications:

  • Current membership in YALSA

  • Experience in evaluating library materials, such as relevant course work, on the job materials evaluation experience, writing reviews and/or relevant articles, previous selection committee experience, etc.

  • Ability to attend both ALA's Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference during your term of appointment on the committee.

  • Ability to dedicate a significant amount of time to seeking out and reading relevant titles.

  • No conflicts of interest in accordance with YALSA’s Award & Selection Committee Conflict of Interest Policy.

  • Good time management and organizational skills

  • High ethical standards

  • Previous service on a YALSA committee/jury/taskforce is preferred.

For information on the responsibilities of committee/jury/taskforce members, visit YALSA's Handbook.

Term of Office: 1 year, beginning Feb. 1 and ending Jan. 31 of the following year.  There is a possibility for reappointment for one additional year provided that the member's committee participation has been satisfactory and that he/she has submitted a volunteer form.

Function: To select from the year's publications significant fiction books (excluding graphic novels) published for young adults; to annotate the selected titles.

Procedures: See Best Fiction for Young Adults Policies and Procedures.

History: YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) Committee evolved from a committee established under the School Libraries Section of ALA, which was charged with producing a list of 1930s "Best Books for Young People."  The committee has undergone several changes of focus and names over the years, including the Book Selection Committee (1954), and later the Committee for the Selection of Significant Adult Books for Young People (1963). It became the Best Books for Young Adults Committee (BBYA) in 1966. As publishing for the young adult market grew exponentially (over 2,000 titles per year in 2008) and seven other YALSA selection and award lists for young adults were created since its inception, Best Books for Young Adults was restructured and named Best Fiction for Young Adults by the YALSA Board of Directors at the Midwinter Meeting in 2010.   

Updated Oct. 2011