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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.

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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Online Doc Quarterly Report December 15, 2014

by Jennifer Duffy on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 06:48 pm

Reporting Period*: December 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Notable Children's Recordings
Priority Group Area *: Evaluation of Media (PGC II)
Current Chair(s)*: Jennifer Duffy
Chair's Email*: jenniferaudio@gmail.com
Co-Chair's email (if applicable):

Incoming Chair (if known): Barbara Scotto
Committee/Task Force Members*: Barbara Scotto
Becki (Rebecca) Bishop
Carolyn Angus
Cecily Pilzer
Heather Warren Smith
Lynn Piper Carpenter
Merri Lindgren
Rachael Stein

Reporting Period*: December 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Notable Children's Recordings
Priority Group Area *: Evaluation of Media (PGC II)
Current Chair(s)*: Jennifer Duffy
Chair's Email*: jenniferaudio@gmail.com
Co-Chair's email (if applicable):

Incoming Chair (if known): Barbara Scotto
Committee/Task Force Members*: Barbara Scotto
Becki (Rebecca) Bishop
Carolyn Angus
Cecily Pilzer
Heather Warren Smith
Lynn Piper Carpenter
Merri Lindgren
Rachael Stein

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. *: No

Work accomplished since last scheduled meeting.*: We continue to work towards compiling our list of notable recordings of the year. Communication is happening through email in preparation for Midwinter next month. I hope to have a discussion at our meetings about suggesting a change to the manual (regarding the timeline for member suggestions).

Summarize discussion, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last meeting.*: We continue to evaluate recordings for inclusion on our discussion list.

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*: We are working towards the creation of a list of Notable Recordings that will promote excellence in productions for children, encouraging them to look to their libraries for recreation and enjoyment, as well as informational support. This list will also be of use to library workers serving children and increasing access to struggling readers.

Please list other ALSC committees you think you could collaborate with on issues or projects to help further your work::

Do you have any suggestions for future education topics, publications, or resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? Please be as detailed as possible.: Not at this time.

If you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for holding meetings or communicating?:

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.

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).*: Not applicable (Book or Media Award/Notable chair)

If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms*: Not applicable (primarily meet face-to-face)

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Online Doc NCR Quarterly Report September 2014

by Jennifer Duffy on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Reporting Period*: September 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Notable Children's Recordings
Priority Group Area *: Evaluation of Media (PGC II)
Current Chair(s)*: Jennifer Duffy
Chair's Email*: jenniferaudio@gmail.com
Reporting Period*: September 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Notable Children's Recordings
Priority Group Area *: Evaluation of Media (PGC II)
Current Chair(s)*: Jennifer Duffy
Chair's Email*: jenniferaudio@gmail.com
Co-Chair's email (if applicable):  
Incoming Chair (if known):  
Committee/Task Force Members*: Barbara Scotto
Becki (Rebecca) Bishop
Carolyn Angus
Cecily Pilzer
Heather Smith
Lynn Carpenter
Merri Lindgren
Rachael Stein
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. *: No
Work accomplished since last scheduled meeting.*: We have been working hard to evaluate audiobook and music recordings. There have been many emails flying as we strive to identify the best of the year.
Also, the above question about reviewing the committee function statement gives rise to a question about ours, and whether it is time for it to be updated. I plan to speak with my new PGC about it.
Summarize discussion, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last meeting.*: We continue to evaluate recordings and communicate about questions that come up concerning them.
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*: We are working towards the creation of a list of Notable Recordings that will promote excellence in productions for children, encouraging them to look to their libraries for recreation and enjoyment, as well as informational support. This list will also be of use to library workers serving children and increasing access to struggling readers.
Please list other ALSC committees you think you could collaborate with on issues or projects to help further your work::  
Do you have any suggestions for future education topics, publications, or resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? Please be as detailed as possible.: Not at this time.
If you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for holding meetings or communicating?:  
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.
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).*: Not applicable (Book or Media Award/Notable chair)
If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms*:
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Online Doc Notable Children's Recordings Quarterly Report, September 2013

by Lynda Salem-Poling on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 03:26 pm
Reporting Period*: September 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*:
Reporting Period*: September 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Notable Children's Recordings
Priority Group Area *: Evaluation of Media (PGC II)
Current Chair(s)*: Lynda Salem-Poling
Chair's Email*: lynda.poling@lbpl.org
Co-Chair's email (if applicable):  
Incoming Chair (if known):  
Committee/Task Force Members*: Carolyn Angus, Becki Bishop, Allison Bruce, Lynn Piper Carpenter, Jennifer Duffy, Sharon Haupt, Sharon Ledford, Carol Sibley
Work accomplished since last scheduled meeting.*: The committee has continued to evaluate audios for possible inclusion on the 2014 list.
Summarize Committee discussion, any decisions reached, and follow-up action needed, including suggestions for future programs or publications based on the committee’s work.*: We have had some discussion on evaluating audios that are supposed to be paired with books but are not sold as book and audio kits.
How have the committee/task force’s activities since the last meeting supported and furthered ALSC’s Strategic Plan? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan*: Goal Area: Advocacy
ALSC will promote and advance excellent library service for all children.
Objective 1: Increase awareness of the value of excellent library service for all children.
The Committee will create a list of notable recordings to be published after Midwinter 2013.
Goal Area: Collaboration
ALSC will work collaboratively within ALA, the profession, and the wider community to ensure excellent library service for all children.
Objective 2: Increase opportunities to work in coalition with other related groups.
The Committee will work with audiobook producers and musicians to include all eligible titles for consideration. The chair will continue to communicate with the chair of Amazing Audios for Young Adults to share ideas and suggest titles for consideration.
What are your objectives, timetable, and assignments for work to do between now and the next committee/task force meeting?*: Continue to prepare for discussion at Annual.
Listen to nominated audio books and music CDs.
When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*: Email
What type of research would relate and assist the work of your committee/task force and ultimately the implementation of the ALSC strategic plan?*: Information on the value of listening to audio books as a learning tool would support the committee. Also, studies on the value of music to children would assist the committee.
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.
Has the committee recently reviewed the function statement to ensure it meets the responsibilities of the priority group area and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan? Note: Recommendations should be submitted to Organizations & Bylaws. *: No
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).*: Not applicable (Book or Media Award/Notable chair)
If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms*: Not applicable (primarily meet face-to-face)
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Online Doc 2014 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee Discussion List

by Lynda Salem-Poling on Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 06:05 pm

2014 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee Discussion List

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

2014 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee Discussion List

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Hilton Chicago, Lake Huron Room

Saturday, June 29; 1:00 - 5:30 pm

Sunday, June 30; 1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

And Then it's Spring, 10, book + CD, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545571340

Beholding Bee, 8 hr 6, CD, $45.00, Listening Library, 9780385361293

Charlotte Sometimes, 5 hrs, download, $14.95, AudioGO, 9781935430926

Colin Fischer, 4 hrs 16, download, $19.95, Penguin Audio, 9781101577714

Corner of White (The Colors of Madeline #1), 9 hrs 42, CD, $30.00, Scholastic Audio, 9780545631617

Courage Has no Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickels: America's First Black Paratroopers , 3 hrs 3, CD, $22.99, Brilliance, 9781469262574

Fearless (Mirrorworld #2), 10 hrs, CD, $40.00, Listening Library, 9780307583321

The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest #1), 3 hrs, CD, $49.97, Brilliance, 9781743187470

The Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods #7), 8 hr 11, CD, $77.75, Recorded Books, 9781470342470

I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing up in the Holocaust, 6 hrs 37, CD, $59.95, AudioGO, 9781624600364

I'm Fast, 13, book + CD, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545478083

It's Not Fair to Me, 34, music CD, $14.99, Round River Records, 9781878126580

The Knights' Tales Collection, 6 hr 5, CD, $38.00, Listening Library, 9780385361217

Moonbird, 3 hrs 12, CD, $39.97, Brilliance, 9781469282091

My Name Is Not Angelica, 3 hrs 15, CD, $49.97, Brilliance, 9781455858378

Navigating Early, 7 hr 20, CD, $34.00, Listening Library, 9780385361064

Never Forgotten, 31, book + CD, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781470334765

Prodigy (Legend #2), 10 hrs 10, download, $29.95, Penguin Audio, 9781101577738

Runaway King (The False Prince #2), 8 hr 27, CD, $64.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545580823

The Savage Fortress, 8 hr 8, CD, $50.00, Listening Library, 9780385363808

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, 21, book + CD, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545478120

Scrivener's Moon, 10 hr 57, CD, $34.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545465960

Shadow on the Mountain, 6 hr 23, CD, $66.75, Recorded Books, 9781470326142

Show Way, 32, book + CD, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545478106

Sky Color, 12, book + CD, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545523301

Slither (Last Apprentice #11), 6 hr 52 , CD, $87.75, Recorded Books, 9781470342678

Streams to the River, River to the Sea, 4 hrs 52, CD, $49.97, Brilliance, 9781455858538

Ties that Bind, Ties that Break, 3 hr 37, CD, $39.95, AudioGO, 9781624602221

The Vine Basket, 5 hrs 53, CD, $45.00, Listening Library, 9780385363884

When Life Gives You O.J., 4 hr 47, CD, $30.00, Listening Library, 9780385393263

Will Sparrow's Road, 5 hrs 10, CD, $30.00, Listening Library, 9780449014707

Yellow Star, 3 hrs 6, CD, $49.97, Brilliance, 9781469215266

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Online Doc 2014 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee Agenda

by Lynda Salem-Poling on Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 06:03 pm

2014 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee Agenda

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

2014 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee Agenda

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Hilton Chicago, Lake Huron Room

Saturday, June 29; 1:00 - 5:30 pm

Sunday, June 30; 1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

 

1:00 – 1:30         Welcome and Introductions

   Committee Charge

   Criteria for nomination

                           Review process

1:30 – 3:30         Discussion of titles

3:30 – 3:45         Break

3:45 – 5:15         Discussion of titles

5:15 – 5:30         Wrap-up for the day

 

 

Sunday, June 24, 2013

 

1:00 – 1:15         Welcome and Assembly

1:15 – 2:45         Discussion of titles

 

2:45 – 3:00         Break

3:00 – 3:45         Discussion of titles

3:45 – 4:00         Wrap-up for Annual

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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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