Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Committee Description

Type: Standing

Date of Establishment: Midwinter, 1995

Date of Completion: Continuing

Membership: 15 virtual members, plus an administrative assistant if requested by the chair.


  • 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.  1 year, commencing February 1 and ending Jan. 31 one year later.  Committee members, including administrative assistants and chairs, are appointed by YALSA's President-Elect and serve a term of one year. Committee members may be selected to serve a concurrent, second one-year term based on the member's first year performance and his/her interest and availability in serving another year, for a total of a two-year maximum concurrent term length on the committee, provided that the member has submitted a volunteer form.

Function: To annually prepare one to five annotated list(s) of approximately twenty-five recommended paperback titles, selected from popular genres, themes or topics.

Procedures: See " Policies and Procedures for the Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Committee."

History: When Baker and Taylor discontinued support for the publication of the Genre Lists in 1994, the Board of Directors voted to create a new committee with some of the same elements of the Genre Committees. The new committee was approved by the Board at Midwinter, 1995 and a Board committee, with Judy Druse, Michael Cart and Joel Shoemaker as members, created the guidelines and presented them to the Board at Annual, 1995. The first committee members were appointed by Deborah Taylor, Vice-President, President-Elect in Fall, 1995. Their first meeting was at Annual, 1996. ALA Publishing agreed to publish the lists in bookmark format. The first lists will be produced by the end of Midwinter, 1997. The Board voted to change the name from Popular Reading to Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults at the 1997 Midwinter Meeting. The Board voted to allow the chair to request review copies from publishers at the 1998 Midwinter Meeting.

Updated Oct. 2011