Michael L. Printz Award Committee Description
Date of Establishment: January, 1999
Date of Completion: Continuing
Membership: 9, including chair. All members will be appointed by the vice-president/ president-elect for 2000 and 2001. Beginning in 2002, the chair and four members will be appointed and the remaining four members will be elected by the membership of the association.
- 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.
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Term of Office: One year
Function: To select from the previous year's publications the best young adult book, "best" being defined solely in terms of literary merit. The Committee may also name as many as four honor books.
Procedures: See Policies and Procedures - YALSA Handbook, VIII. - 17
History: After study and discussion by the Best Young Adult Book Award Feasibility Task Force from Spring, 1998 to Winter, 1999, a proposal by the Task Force to the Board was adopted at the 1999 Midwinter Meeting.
The first award was given at the Annual Conference in 2000.
Winners: See the