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South Carolina Book Awards Committee

2017-2018 Book Award Handbook

 

Interested in Becoming a Member?
Thank you for considering being a part of this committee.  We are now full for the 2017-18 year.  
Please consider applying for this committee when we begin again next year.

Function: The Book Award Committees are tasked with annually formulating the SCASL Book Award Program nominee book lists.

In order to accomplish this they must each read 100 - 250 titles each year and then discuss and evaluate those titles at regular meetings. The result is each year’s carefully selected reading list in each of four categories: Picture Book, Children's, Junior, and Young Adult.  Librarians, teachers, and students across the state of South Carolina owe these committee members a big vote of thanks!

Composition: The Book Award Committee has an Executive Board Representative/Chairperson to oversee all award levels as well as Chair and Vice Chair positions for each sub-committee (Picture, Children’s, Junior, and Young Adult).  Each of  the Book Award Committees can be made up of a cross section of media specialists, teachers, students, parents, administrators, public librarians, and college or university representatives.

Chairperson: The Book Award Committee Chairperson (Executive Board Representative) is selected by the SCASL President in consultation with the outgoing Chair.

Meetings: The Book Award Committees meet five times a year: May, August, October, December, and March (at the Annual Conference).  In addition to the regular meeting at the Annual Conference, Committee members are expected to participate in their Committee's presentation session at Conference.

2017 - 2018 Meeting Dates:
          May 6
          August 5
          October 21
          December 2
          March @ Conference

The meetings start at 10:00 am and usually last for about 2 hours.
The December meeting sometime goes longer because it is the final meeting.

Duties: See the Book Awards Handbook for a complete list of duties and responsibilities for all levels and positions of the Book Award Committees.  A few of the duties/responsibilities for book award committee members include:

  • maintain current membership in SCASL
  • attend four Columbia-area meetings each year.
  • attend the SCASL conference, be present at the appropriate booktalk sessions, and work in the Book Award section of the conference store.
  • submit twelve book titles for the next year’s consideration list along with at least two positive book reviews on each from reputable reviewing sources.
  • read the books on the list of books under consideration (between 100 – 250 titles depending upon the committee you serve) to narrow the list down to the top 20 best titles.
  • assist in the creation of an online activity guide and podcasts for your committee's nominees.
  • present a booktalk for at least one book at the annual SCASL conference.

 Last updated: 8 September 2017