Booklist announces new Publications Advisory Board

For Immediate Release
Thu, 10/01/2020


Melissa Carr

Marketing Director


CHICAGO - Booklist, the review publication of the American Library Association, is proud to announce a new Booklist Publications Advisory Board. The board is comprised of national leaders in readers’ advisory and collection development, as well as content and business experts who represent the widely diverse audiences that Booklist and ALA serve. With a focus on equity and inclusivity, the advisory board will help to seek out and prioritize contributions from underrepresented voices and will work collaboratively with dedicated Booklist staff to guide business and editorial aspects of Booklist Publications.

The board members were selected to ensure representation for five key areas of Booklist’s work: children’s, YA, and adult librarianship; audio; and the business and marketing aspects of the publications. The board members are:

  • Montoya Barker, public services librarian, The Indianapolis Public Library, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Jennifer Bonilla-Scotten, library media specialist, Billy Mills Middle School, Lawrence, Kansas

  • Edith Campbell, associate education librarian, Cunningham Memorial Library, Terre Haute, Indiana

  • Crystal Chen, senior librarian, Young Adult Services, The New York Public Library, New York, New York

  • Katie Clausen, manager, Early Literary Services, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois

  • Sarah Hashimoto, community engagement manager, Jackson District Library, Jackson, Michigan

  • Terry Hong, writer, Booklist contributor

  • Brian Kenney, director, White Plains Public Library, White Plains, New York

  • Shamika Simpson, collection development and outreach librarian, Long Beach City College Library, Long Beach, California

  • James Tyner, adult services librarian, Fresno County Public Library, Fresno, California

Booklist is honored to work with such dynamic and accomplished board members who have an incredible depth of knowledge, expertise, and experience,” said George Kendall, Booklist editor and publisher. “Reading and book discovery are now more important than ever. The advisory board will help to guide all aspects of our digital and print publications, helping to ensure that Booklist continues to serve all library workers and their patrons now and into the future.”

Tracie D. Hall, executive director of the American Library Association, commented: “As an association and as a community charged with collecting, disseminating, and stewarding the record of human thought, it is critical that our vehicles for identifying and recommending these works be fully representative of the broadest range of our genius and lived experiences. Only then are such platforms truly credible. Booklist’s evolution – even in my short tenure as ALA Executive Director – is reflective of this commitment to equity, representation, and inclusion, all of which is vital to its continued reach and relevance. “

About Booklist
Booklist is the American Library Association’s nationally respected book and media review publication.  Booklist’s trusted reviews have helped library workers decide what to buy and how to guide library patrons, students, and children in choosing what to read, view, or listen to for more than 100 years. Booklist Publications include two print magazines, an extensive website and database, e-newsletters, webinars, and other resources that support librarians in collection development and readers' advisory. For more information visit

About the American Library Association
American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, ALA has been the trusted voice of libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit