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Reader's Corner - Who Writes Like Have you read every novel by your favourite author? Are you looking for more suggestions? Browse the alphabetical list Do a keyword search Enter author surname Best Books for Young Adults Policies and Procedures | Previous Lists | Previous Top 10 Lists | BBYA Publications Through 2010, The Best Books for Young Adults committee each year selected and annotated a list of significant adult and young adult books, as well as chooses a list of top ten titles from the full list. It is a general list of fiction and nonfiction titles selected for their proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of the young adult. Best Books for Young Adults evolved into Best Fiction for Young Adults after the 2010 BBYA list was published. Read about the BBYA/BFYA changes: a blog post detailing the YALSA Board meeting where changes were decided, a blog post announcing the change, background from the BFYA homepage, and FAQ on YALSA's selected lists.

YALSA Book and Media Awards and Lists for Libraries Awards I Selected Lists I Reads 4 Teens I Teen Book Finder app While these books and media have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families. For recommended media, such as apps, visit the YALSAblog and ALA TechSource. Also, check out AASL's Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.

Interview: Ricardo Semler The almost automatic response to Ricardo Semler's wonderfully subversive new book, The Seven Day Weekend (Century, £16.99), is: 'Well, that's all very well in Sao Paulo, but we couldn't do it here.' Semler is, or was - more of this later - president of Semco, Brazil's most famous company, which has made its name by standing the conventional corporate rulebook on its head. Semco doesn't have a mission statement, its own rulebook or any written policies.

Readers' advisory Readers' advisory is defined as “Services provided by an experienced public services librarian specializing in the reading needs of public library patrons” (Reitz 2006). A successful readers' advisory service is one where knowledgeable, non-judgmental staff help readers with their leisure-reading needs. Because the library can often be confusing in their organization and layout, readers' advisers are crucial in providing the library’s leisure-reading material to the reader. Readers’ advisers should endeavor to be “knowledgeable about both fiction and nonfiction—particularly what is popular in their libraries” (Dilevko and Magowan 2007:23).

Vandergrift's YA Literature Page Young adult literature is often thought of as a great abyss between the wonderfully exciting and engaging materials for children and those for adults--just as young adults are often ignored in planning library facilities and services. There is, however, a wealth of fiction created especially for teens that deals with the possibilities and problems of contemporary life as experienced by this age group. These contemporary problem novels reflect the troubled times in which young readers are coming of age, but young people also need to laugh at themselves and at their world and to escape that world in flights of fancy. With greater freedom in both content and form, young adult literature is moving into a closer connection with adult literature, and fluent readers in this age group may read primarily adult books. Societal changes and the mass media have, in some ways, pushed young people to an earlier maturity, or at least a facade of maturity.

ALSC Blog - Pursuing excellence for library service to childrenALSC Blog Here is a story, told in pictures, of five things I wasn’t prepared for before I became a storytime librarian: [Making finger puppets after a day at ALA Midwinter. Image courtesy of the author; originally posted on Instagram.] New York Times Best Seller Number Ones Listing This page is a listing of adult fiction books which have made number one on the New York Times Best Seller List along with the date that they first reached number one, in date order. Clicking on the date will take you to that week's list, if available. Currently, this listing starts at August 9, 1942. You may also view the non fiction number ones listing. As always, we want your feedback!

Readers’ Advisory Resources: Beyond Lists A colleague and I were asked to present at the RT Book Convention in a session intended for librarians and booksellers. This post is adapted from a portion of our presentation. I love talking books with people. It’s my favorite part of my job. But there’s not always an opportunity for a traditional reader’s advisory interview and some readers prefer to find their own books or use passive reader’s advisory materials when searching out their next great read.

Book Beast Berlusconi’s So-Called Bunga-Bunga Life By Barbie Latza Nadeau In a new authorized biography, ‘My Way,’ there’s an ‘awestruck’ Putin, the sick joke he and Gaddafi made famous—and the Italian playboy PM who remains as slippery as ever. Keep Reading Ross Smith on Trust and Innovation (Trust Quotes #1) Given Trust Matters’ attempt to be commonsensical and practical, it’s fitting that we lead off the series with Ross Smith, a line manager who uses trust daily. I first met Ross in early 2009, when he was running a team of about 80 programmers working on Windows security for Microsoft—not the first place I would have guessed to be focused on trust. Let’s pick it up there. CHG: Ross, you didn’t set out to do work in trust, did you? RS: Hey Charlie – No, not at all.

Five Libraries Collaborate On Reader’s Advisory Project Five libraries (four in Queensland and one in New Zealand) collaborated to create Beyond The Lavender Keeper Reading Map in recognition of of Australia’s 2013 Get Reading Campaign. Click on the image to read the booklet The challenge was to produce a reading map of The Lavender Keeper to coincide with a visit to four Queensland public libraries by author Fiona McIntosh in mid-September as part of Australia’s 2013 Get Reading Campaign. The project began six weeks ago when Alison Miles from CityLibraries Townsville asked if I was interested in doing another reading map (see our previous collaborative reading map Beyond Chocolat) along with three other librarians – Jo Beazley from Toowoomba Regional Libraries, Louise Pieper from Gold Coast Libraries, and Tina Cavanough from Moreton Bay Region Libraries – who were all hosting Fiona McIntosh at their libraries within the same week. The reading map design further dictated the number of titles selected and the amount of content per title.

Microsoft’s Ross Smith asks shall we play a game? - Next at Microsoft [a rare shot of Ross and his Xbox Live Avatar sharing the stage] The first time I met Ross Smith, he was dressed in camouflage cargo shorts, a vintage rock and roll T-shirt from the ’80s and a pair of Timberland boots. Combine that with the box of Lucky Charms and various tchotchkes cluttering his office and you might question whether he’s there to work or to play. In Ross’ case, the answer would be ‘yes.’ Currently, Ross is director of test for the Microsoft Office Lync Client team. He leads a team of testers who put the Lync family of unified communications products through the paces to find defects.

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