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A Core Collection for Young Adults
     

A Core Collection for Young Adults

by Patrick Jones
 
Useful for public libraries and for junior and senior high school libraries, this work recommends some 1,200 young adult titles, ranging from fiction and nonfiction to graphic and electronic formats. An accompanying CD-ROM contains software that allows librarians to compare catalog holdings to the recommended titles. Jones runs a firm dedicated to consulting and

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Useful for public libraries and for junior and senior high school libraries, this work recommends some 1,200 young adult titles, ranging from fiction and nonfiction to graphic and electronic formats. An accompanying CD-ROM contains software that allows librarians to compare catalog holdings to the recommended titles. Jones runs a firm dedicated to consulting and training for youth services. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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VOYA
Part of the Teens@TheLibrary series, this essential professional resource attempts to answer the new young adult librarian's common question, "What books should I have in my teen collection?" More than 1,200 annotated titles with references to published reviews and grade levels are organized in three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and graphic formats. The authors are quite clear that these selections are books that young adults will want to read, not necessarily books aimed at young adults. Books that consistently appear on "top ten" lists, such as Rob Thomas's Rats Saw God, Stephen Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, are represented. In addition to the core collection, this resource also includes top ten lists from trusted YA librarians, a list of sources such as VOYA's booklists, and hints on keeping the core collection up to date. Indexed by author and title, it is easy to determine if a particular book has been selected. Lists of the authors, titles, call numbers, and publishers in a variety of formats are available on an accompanying CD-ROM to compare with a library's holdings or create booklists. Although it is inevitable that personal favorites will be missing from the core collection, this resource is invaluable to a librarian working with teens. Index. 2003, Neal-Schuman, 410p,
— Jennifer McIntosh
School Library Journal
The authors have gathered over 1200 titles (60 percent fiction, 30 percent nonfiction,and 10 percent graphic format) that they consider to be of appeal to teens. The book is meant to be a practical manual for developing collections that appeal to teens; books that are out of print, curriculum-related titles, and books that "should" be read are not included. Titles chosen have all been reviewed in Booklist, School Library Journal, or VOYA, but they are not necessarily those selected for traditional "best books" lists. The volume includes a guide to more than 100 "Best" lists, "Top Ten" tips for maintaining a core collection, selection tips for major YA genres, and author and title indexes. A CD-ROM called the "Collection Checker" consists of files in various formats (Excel, Word) to facilitate collection maintenance, selection, and acquisitions. A useful book for both novice and experienced librarians who want to build a teen collection that actually circulates.-Marlyn K. Roberts, City of Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555704582
Publisher:
Neal-Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Series:
Teens @ the Library
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
405
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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