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Discussion Notable Children's Recordings 2013 Agenda for Annual

by Lynda Salem-Poling on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 07:27 pm

2013 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee Agenda
ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA
Sheraton Garden Grove, Bordeaux Room
Saturday, June 23; 1:30 - 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 24; 1:30 - 5:00 pm

 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

1:30 – 2:00         Welcome and Introductions
                           Committee Charge
                           Criteria for nomination
                           Review process

2:00 – 4:00         Discussion of titles

2013 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee Agenda
ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA
Sheraton Garden Grove, Bordeaux Room
Saturday, June 23; 1:30 - 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 24; 1:30 - 5:00 pm

 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

1:30 – 2:00         Welcome and Introductions
                           Committee Charge
                           Criteria for nomination
                           Review process

2:00 – 4:00         Discussion of titles

4:00 – 4:15         Break

4:15 – 4:45         Discussion of titles

4:45 – 5:00         Wrap-up for the day

 

Sunday, June 24

1:30 – 1:45         Welcome and Assembly

1:45 – 2:45         Presentation by Mary Burkey: “Critical Listening”

2:45 – 3:00         Break

3:00 – 4:45         Discussion of titles*

4:45 – 5:00         Wrap-up for Annual

 

*Since we do not have many titles to discuss, we may break early. Guests are advised to join us closer to our 1:30 start time than later.

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Online Doc 2018 Notable Children's Recordings Annual Discussion List + Agenda

by Allison Knight on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:54 pm

Please see the attached document for a list of titles to be discussed at our Annual meetings. Our agenda for the weekend can be found below.

Saturday, June 24: 1:00-5:30 Palmer House, Lasalle 3

  • Introductions

    • PGC Gaye Hinchliff

  • Discussion of terms, criteria, and definitions for the list

  • Assign secretary

Please see the attached document for a list of titles to be discussed at our Annual meetings. Our agenda for the weekend can be found below.

Saturday, June 24: 1:00-5:30 Palmer House, Lasalle 3

  • Introductions

    • PGC Gaye Hinchliff

  • Discussion of terms, criteria, and definitions for the list

  • Assign secretary

  • Mary Burkey 1:30

  • Discussion of nominated titles

  • Wrap up for day

 

 

Sunday, June 25: 1:00-4:00 Palmer House, Lasalle 3

  • Discussion of nominated titles

  • Discussion of procedures to be used by the committee during the remainder of the year

  • Wrap up for Annual

 

 

*Since we do not have many titles to discuss, we may break early. Guests are advised to join us closer to our 1:00 start time than later.

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Online Doc 2018 Notable Children's Recordings Annual Meeting Minutes

by Allison Knight on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:54 pm

 

Notable Children’s Recordings

Annual Conference 2017

Notes from June 24-25, 2017 meeting

Members present : Allison Knight, NCR Committee Chair; Laura Bos, Annamarie Carlson, Sue Connolly, Rebecca Cowley, Hanna Lee, Michelle Ng, Cynthia Vanderbrink, Sara White

Saturday, June 24 - 8 guests in attendance

 

Notable Children’s Recordings

Annual Conference 2017

Notes from June 24-25, 2017 meeting

Members present : Allison Knight, NCR Committee Chair; Laura Bos, Annamarie Carlson, Sue Connolly, Rebecca Cowley, Hanna Lee, Michelle Ng, Cynthia Vanderbrink, Sara White

Saturday, June 24 - 8 guests in attendance

Sunday, June 25 - 3 guests in attendance

  • Initial discussion of terms, criteria & definitions to be considered while making our list - these can all be found on page 6 of the NCR Manual

    • Terms: The 2018 list will comprise of titles released between November 1, 2016 – October 31, 2017. We will only consider  recordings that are available through a U.S. distributor, are available on audiotape/cd/digital download etc & are  produced in English. This requirement does not limit the use of words or phrases in another language where appropriate in context.

    • Criteria / Definitions

      • Respects young people's intelligence and imagination : indicates either the lyrics of music or the text of an audiobook. This also indicates that recordings to be considered are those for which children (ages up to & including 14)  are a potential audience. The recording exhibits respect for young people’s understandings, abilities, and appreciations.

      • Exhibits venturesome creativity : recordings which provide an auditory experience that is appealing to children and that goes beyond the ordinary

      • In exemplary ways reflects and encourages the natural interest of children and young adolescents

      • Depicts excellence through the effective use of voices, music, sound effects, and language

      • Maintains high standards in aesthetic and technical aspects

      • Adapted materials remain true to, expand, or complement the original work

      • The committee shall consider all forms of recordings – music, storytelling, informational, audiobook, book and recording combinations. Reissues of previously recorded works are not eligible.

 

  • Talk with Mary Burkey on how to speak about audiobooks distinctly from the text

    • Some thoughts to keep in mind when evaluating audiobooks

      • The author writes the script which the narrator performs

      • Think about literary elements in an auditory way - what can you hear about the characters & their development, how is setting conveyed with elements of sound?

      • If music is overlaid at the start or finish of recording, does it set the time period?

      • Does the speed of the narration reflect  the plot of the book? Does speed increase in exciting, action packed parts or slow down with emotional moments?

      • Aesthetic use of voices - are stereotypes employed?  is the accent true to a culture or time period?

        • http://accent.gmu.edu - this website can be used to look up regional English accents as well as accents of non-native English speakers

    • Music is harder to evaluate & find! Many titles for children are self-recorded & thus quality can vary.

    • The boom of audiobook productions in recent years means faster outputs & often more  mistakes. If you think you hear  a mistake in the recording, you can use the “search inside a book” feature on Amazon to check the text

    • Book & CD packages - do they work as a soundscape that illustrates the physical item? We are judging the entire package.

      • Considerations:

        • ding/tone/bell to indicate a page turn - if it’s present, is the sound chosen distracting? Are there two tracks, one with ding, one without? Is there enough time to turn the page ?

        • Environmental text - does the narrator read text found in images? If so, is it seamless and/or done creatively?

    • It’s best to listen to an audiobook fresh, if you haven’t already read the book - as a  reader, you will create pre-conceived ideas of character voices, you’ll know the plot & may miss the way the narrator unveils events.

    • Odyssey award vs Notables list

      • Odyssey award is given to  a title that is as close to perfection as  possible on all fronts - technical & artistic

      • Notables list - we are not looking for perfection - our discussion will include acknowledgement of issues that are acceptable when looking at the strength of the entire work. The notable list will include more books that play with venturesome creativity.

    • If you’re in a library with both the book & the audiobook of the same  title in hand, which one would you hand to a child? Titles in which the audiobook is stronger are the ones we want for our list.

    • Chair should vet titles to ensure they are available to libraries for purchase. Sometimes a download only ‘audible original’ is available as an mp3 disc through Brilliance Audio.

    • Tips for finding titles that haven’t been submitted:

      • Audible Coming Soon section for kids or teens (Teen section has a filter that shows titles for 11-13 year olds & 13 and up) - again, these titles will need to be vetted for library availability

      • Tips for finding music recordings:

        • Sing Out, a magazine featuring folk music

        • post open calls to Facebook groups, websites, message boards frequented by musicians who create with children as an audience  - “hey musicians,are you releasing a recording this year with kids as an audience? We’d love to consider it for the Notable Children’s Recordings List used by Libraries across the country to find quality music for our collections (https://www.facebook.com/groups/childrensentertainers/  )

 

  • Annual Wrap Up / Looking ahead to Midwinter

    • At the midwinter meeting, we will discuss all titles on the nominated list

      • 30 titles total is what we will aim for

      • Anonymous voting - per Manual, “titles that received majority votes are then counted; if the number of titles is within the guidelines of the desired 20-30 title list, those are considered to be the list. Further rounds of voting may be needed to winnow down the titles or to round out the list.” (p25)

        • Thought: how can we look at the list as a whole? How important is it to include a range of titles vs ensuring only the top titles in terms of quality are included?

      • Each audiobook submission is listened to once by an assigned member and decided if it should be  included on our nominated discussion list. If another committee member feels strongly about listening despite  a NO vote and would like to nominate anyway, we will go ahead with that YES vote. (Further notes from the chair in a follow up email:  if we get a conflicting yes and no vote from 2 members, we move forward with the yes vote. However, I will caution you again that there is the issue of capacity – ultimately, we can’t all listen to every title and that is why we have the assigning process in place. Except in rare instances of extreme personal interest or lots of starred reviews, I would ask you to trust your committee member’s judgement and prioritize recordings that have not otherwise been listened to – whether that’s your assignments or seeking out new-to-us titles from starred reviews or your library’s new shelf.)

      • IMPORTANT : write all annotations before midwinter to ensure a timely finish! Annotations could  lead with narrator’s name & then a descriptive word to  explain how their particular style captures the  work

      • IMPORTANT: all members of the committee must arrive on time & stay for the duration of each scheduled meeting. If they miss any part of the meetings, they will no longer be able to participate.

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Online Doc NCR18 Sept 15 2017 Quarterly Report

by Allison Knight on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 07:39 am

Sept 15 quarterly report is attached.

File NCR-May-10-2017

by Allison Knight on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 02:17 pm

PDF File, 79.63 KB

File NCR-Feb-15-2017

by Allison Knight on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 10:58 am

PDF File, 182.53 KB

Online Doc September 15, 2015 Committee Report

by Barbara Scotto on Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 04:29 pm

Name of Committee or Task Force*: Notable Children's Recordings
Priority Group Area *: Evaluation of Media (PGC II)
Current Chair(s)*: Barbara Scotto
Chair's Email*: bscotto@gmail.com
Committee/Task Force Members*: Carolyn Angus
Suzzanne Fuchs
Allison Gray
Cecily Pilzer
Ellen Spring
David Self
Heather Warren Smith
Janet Thompson

Name of Committee or Task Force*: Notable Children's Recordings
Priority Group Area *: Evaluation of Media (PGC II)
Current Chair(s)*: Barbara Scotto
Chair's Email*: bscotto@gmail.com
Committee/Task Force Members*: Carolyn Angus
Suzzanne Fuchs
Allison Gray
Cecily Pilzer
Ellen Spring
David Self
Heather Warren Smith
Janet Thompson
Has the committee recently reviewed its function statement to ensure the charge meets the responsibilities of the priority group area, recent changes to the professional environment, and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan? Note: Recommendations should be submitted to Organizations & Bylaws. *: Yes
Summarize work accomplished, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last meeting.*: At our meetings at Annual 2015, we discussed all of the titles currently nominated for the 2016 Notable Children's Recordings list.  Since that meeting, we have continued to review and nominate eligible titles for the list which we will finalize at Midwinter 2016.

Please describe the activities or resources the committee has created since the last report that have specifically supported and furthered ALSC’s Strategic Plan? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan*: As we create our list, we are aware of the importance of diversity in the library resources available to children.

When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*: Saving emails in folder to forward to next chair., Chair is printing copies of substantive email to send to the ALSC office for the archive.
For non book and media award chairs- Did you attend or watch the online committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms (Award/Notable chairs attend a face-to-face orientation).*: Yes
 

 

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Event 2016 Notable Children's Recordings Committee Meeting I (ALSC)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

The Notable Children's Recording Committee will be preparing to evaluate and consider recordings published from Nov. 1, 2014 to Oct. 1, 2015 for the 2016 Notable Children's Recordings list.

Event 2016 Notable Children's Recordings Committee Meeting II (ALSC)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

The Notable Children's Recording Committee will be preparing to evaluate and consider recordings published from Nov. 1, 2014 to Oct. 1, 2015 for the 2016 Notable Children's Recordings list.

Event 2015 Notable Children's Recordings Committee Meeting I (ALSC)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 02:56 pm

Evaluation of children's recordings and selection of the 2015 Notable Children's Recordings list.

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To select, annotate, and present for publication an annual list of notable audio recordings, disc or tape form, of interest to children. To reevaluate and recommend change as needed in the ALSC Criteria for Selection of Recordings of Interest to Children. To identify titles for consideration by other committees evaluating for a specific clientele or purpose. To carry on other audio recording evaluation projects as assigned by the ALSC Board.

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