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Event American University Presses Book Selection (AAUP) Meeting

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Meeting of the AASL/RUSA American University Presses Book Selection Committees (AAUP).

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Event AAUP Book Selection Committee (AASL)

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Meeting to select suitable titles for secondary school use from the current publications from the members of the Association of American University Presses to be published in an annual bibliography.

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Event AAUP Book Selection Committee Meeting (AASL)

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Meeting to select suitable titles for secondary school use from the current publications from the members of the Association of American University Presses to be published in an annual bibliography.

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Online Doc The AASL American University Presses Book Selection Committee: Schedule, Information, and Subject Grid

by Jo Carr on Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

 

October 18, 2010

 

TO:                              Sabrina Carnesi, Sharon McElmeel, Suzanne Metcalfe, Karen Pangallo, Judi

Repman, Linda J. Underwood, Elizabeth Hope Willoughby

 

FROM:                  Jo Ann Carr, 2010-11 Chairperson, American UP Book Selection Committee

                        Kim Miller, Marketing and Membership Coordinator

 

RE:                              The AASL American University Presses Book Selection Committee:

 

October 18, 2010

 

TO:                              Sabrina Carnesi, Sharon McElmeel, Suzanne Metcalfe, Karen Pangallo, Judi

Repman, Linda J. Underwood, Elizabeth Hope Willoughby

 

FROM:                  Jo Ann Carr, 2010-11 Chairperson, American UP Book Selection Committee

                        Kim Miller, Marketing and Membership Coordinator

 

RE:                              The AASL American University Presses Book Selection Committee:

                        Schedule, Information, and Subject Grid

 

 

Welcome to the 2010-11 “American University Presses Book Selection” committee!

 

This committee will work with the PLA’s Community of Practice group to put together the 21st Annual University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries bibliography. 

 

Kim Miller is the coordinator and liaison between the committee members and the University Press publishers (who will be sending books to the committee for selection into the Bibliography). 

 

To get started, I need to assign for all members the subjects/ dewey decimals they will be reviewing. Attached with committee information, is a Subject Preferences Form, with all disciplines/dewey decimal numbers.  Please review and check off all book subjects you would choose to receive and review (choose as many as you like, subjects are divided out evenly in the end).  Please be sure to fill in your correct mailing address, phone and email. 

 

Please fill out and send in the Subject Preferences Grid (last page) to Kim Miller by or before Monday, October 25th,  Your form can be sent via fax (212-989-0275) or email: kmiller@aaupnet,org

 

Thank you again for your time and efforts on this committee. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

 

 

THE 2010-11 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOK SELECTION COMMITTEE

SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION

 

The American University Press Books Selection committee works alongside PLA’s Community of Practice group to publish the AAUP Annual University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 21st Ed., a collection development tool/bibliography distributed to 12,000+ school and public librarians nationwide. Distribution is done by mail, at library conventions, and on-line through the AAUP website.

 

From August to June, Kim Miller at the AAUP oversees the schedule and work done by the committee.

 

Duties of the AUP Books Committee:

 

-Examine books sent by University/Scholarly Presses publishers, and either accept or reject them for the 2011 University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 21st Edition. Each member receives approximately 50 book titles (which they keep for their libraries).

 

-Assign a rating to each title reviewed, either accepting or rejecting it for the Bibliography.

 

-Give a written review (2 to 4 sentences in length) of titles found “Outstanding”

 

-Attend an All-Committee Meeting at the ALA Midwinter (*encouraged but not mandatory)

 

-Help put on the program, “The Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books You Should Know About” at the ALA Annual Conference—either as a panelist, or an attendee support

(*encouraged but not mandatory)

 

Tentative Work Schedule/Deadlines

 

November 1st:  Dewey Decimal / Subject assignments are finalized.

November 8th:  Call-for-Entries sent to all AAUP Member Presses.

November 8th – January 7th (2011):  receive books from AAUP Member Presses.

January 9, 2011 (Sunday):  All-committee meeting at the 2010 ALA Mid-Winter (attendance encouraged) to discuss the Bibliography, as well the coordination of a “Best of the Best from the University Presses” program at the 2011 ALA Annual Meeting 

February 22, 2011:  Deadline for committee to finish and send in all title ratings, with 3-4 sentence reviews of all titles found “Outstanding”.

April 4, 2011:  Names of all “Best of the Best” program panelists and their titles are finalized.

June 1,2011:  Bibliography published. 13,300 (approx.) copies printed. It is also made available on-line.

-June 2011:  Participate in/Attend the “Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books You Should Know About” program at the 2011 Summer ALA meeting.

September 2011:  Approx. 13,000 Bibliographies mailed, gratis, to ALA librarians nationwide.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

FOR MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOKS COMMITTEE

 

- What is the University Press Books Committee and what do they do?

The American University Press Books Selection committee works, alongside the PLA’s Community of Practice group (formerly the “University Presses Books for Public Libraries” committee)—to examine, rate and review book titles for AAUP’s Annual University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries.  This bibliography is a collection development tool that is distributed to 12,000+ school and public librarians nationwide. Distribution is done by mail, at library conventions, and on-line through the AAUP website.

 

-  When are subject categories assigned?

This year, we are off to a late start, but generally, this is done shortly after committee members submit their subject request forms.  This year, the date we are aiming for is November 1st

 

- About how many books will committee members receive?

Approximately 45 to 55 each. This number is based on the anticipated total of books sent (450 to 500) divided by the number of committee members. Dewey decimals/subjects are divided up as fairly as possible—knowing the average number of books each subject will be sent in for review. The amounts can fluctuate, but we try our best to make sure all members get the same quantity of titles. 

 

-  When do committee members start receiving books?

Normally, the timeframe given to AAUP Member Presses to deliver their books to committee members is from late September to early January.  This year it will more than likely be a shorter window, from mid-November to early January.  Many presses do need all the time they’re allotted to decide what books to send, so expect the bulk of all shipments to come towards the end of December.

 

-Do we get to keep all the books—even ones we don’t acccept for the Bibliography?

Yes.

 

- Do the committee members receive a  full list/summary of books received? If so, when?

Full complete lists are sent by Kim Miller to each individual committee member in January, after the deadline for presses to send listings to the AAUP and this year because of its date, after the ALA Mid-Winter meeting.  Lists will be emailed to each committee member, and will have areas to enter in all ratings and Outstanding reviews.

 

- What do presses include with their books—a listing? Catalog copy? A Cover letter?

One or all of the above is requested to be sent with titles. Presses are instructed to make sure the librarians know the book(s) they’re sending are intended to be examined for the Bibliography.

 

- Many presses send “Title Listings”with books, and they are very informative and useful. Why can’t ALL the presses send them?

Title Listings—the ediotrial copy which presses send to the AAUP—is indeed a useful, popular reference to send with the book. HOWEVER, books need to arrive quickly, so the due date for Title Listings is later than the one for shipments. Doing this makes it easier for many presses to send the books out in time. Therefore, listings may not be with every book since they perhaps were not yet written. 

 

 

 

 

 

- What ratings do we give for each book?

Ratings for titles deemed ‘selected’ are:

O (Outstanding): considered exceptional. Include a personal 2-4 sentence review/reference for each.

G (General audience): Strongly recommended for consideration because of wide appeal; an expectation of lasting importance. Some technical or scholarly data on subjects of widespread interest included.

S (Special interest): Recommended for libraries with in-depth collections in the subject area.

RG (Regional interest): Of interest to general readers in a geographic area.

RS (Regional special): For in-depth collections in a geographic area.

NR: Not Received

X: Not acceptable

It would also be helpful if you could include an audience designation that recommends grade levels for each listing.  Levels are:

EM (Elementary School, grades K-5)

MS (Middle School, grades 6-8)

HS (High School, grades 9-12)

P (Professional Use)

 

- What needs to be written for the books we accept?

For books found Outstanding (O), please write in 3-4 sentence review.  For books with all other ratings (G, RG, S, RS) only a lettered rating and grade levels (EM, MS, HS, and/or P) is needed.

 

-How do I know if a title is to be rated “Outstanding”?

All ratings are entirely up to each committee member.  But per advice from past committee chairs, here are some helpful suggestions for choosing “Outstanding” Titles:

When you’ve accepted a title for the bibliography, ask yourself the following:

-If it was in the budget, would you add it to your collection?

-Is it unique in subject matter and writing?

-Is it accessible to your library?

-Does it make itself accessible to other libraries of a different region, in spite of it perhaps being of a regional subject (example: if you reviewed and liked a book about New York Architecture, is there something about it that would perhaps make it of interest to a library in Texas?)

 

All these questions are of equal importance, but if you can answer yes to at least two of these questions, then perhaps it should be considered for an “Outstanding” rating.

 

- What happens if there are titles on my booklist summary that I never received, or vice versa?

Let Kim Miller know ASAP and she will correct it.  It may be that a few titles either got to you before the AAUP list became complete, or a press’s shipments went missing/elsewhere for various reasons (lost in mail, actually sent to someone else, etc.).

 

- What if I cannot go to the Mid-Winter Committee meeting?

Attendance at the Mid Winter All-Committee meeting is encouraged and helpful, but not mandatory for the work members have to do. You can still work successfully on the committee without attending.

 

- I read a great review for a certain University Press book, but I never got a copy of it  for the Bibliography.  Do you know why? Can I get one?

Presses that choose to participate in this project pay a fee for each title selected they send out.  They have to create their booklists wisely, and take into account what they have in their budget(s). Therefore, some books may be left out.  If there is a specific title from 2010 you’d like to inquire a press about, let Kim Miller know what it is. She can try to find out if another member received it and/or contact the press to see if maybe they can/will send it to you for review. (*Note: if the book is from a press that is not already participating in this project, it cannot be included.) 

 

UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOKS COMMITTEE 2011

Subject Preferences for the University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 20th Edition

 

**Please fill out and send back to Kim Miller by Monday, October 25, 2010

 

 

NAME: ____Jo Ann Carr_________________________LIBRARY:__Retired____________________________

ADDRESS (best to send books to): __2806 Ledgemont St. Madison Wi 53711 ____________________________________________________________________________________

PHONE:__608-273-1620______________   EMAIL: jacarr@wisc.edu___________________________________

 

 

Check any and all of the dewey decimal/subjects you would want to examine, rate, review:

 

(   ) 000-099 Bibliogaphies, Encyclopedias                                      (   ) 700-729 Art (History, Theory, Landscapes

                         Journalism, Publishing,                                                               and Architecture)

(   ) 100-159 Psychology & Metaphysics                                    (   ) 730-759 Art (Sculpture, Textiles, Painting)

(   ) 160-199 Ethics and Philosophy                                                (x  ) 760-779 Graphic Arts, Photography           

(   ) 200-289 Religion (the Bible, Christianity)                        ( x ) 780-799 Music, Performing Arts, Recreation           

(   ) 290-299 Religion (Judaic, Islamic, Comparative, Other)            (   ) 800-811 American Literature

(   ) 300-305 Sociology, Anthropology, Groups & Behavior                                 (Literary Criticism/Rhetoric/Poetry)

(   ) 306 -319 Cultures & Institutions, Communities, Statistics              ( x ) 812-813 Amer. Literature (Drama/Fiction)

(   ) 320-329 Political Science                                                 ( x ) 814-819 Amer. Literature (Essays/Satire/ Misc.)

(   ) 330-339 Economics                                                            (   ) 820-829 British Literature

( x) 340-349 Law                                                                        (   ) 830-859 German, French, Italian Literature           

(   ) 350-359 Public Administration/Military Science                        (   ) 860-899 Spanish, Latin, Greek & other Literature           

(   ) 360-363 Social Programs and Services                                    (   ) 900-919 Geography           

(x ) 364-369 Criminology/True Crime                                    ( x ) 920-929 Biography           

(x  ) 370-379 Education                                                            (   ) 930-939 History of the Ancient World                          

(   ) 380--389 Commerce and Transportation                                    (   ) 940-942 European History                           

(   ) 390-399 Customs and Folklore                                                      (England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland)                       

(   ) 400-499 Languages                                                                      (  ) 943-949 European History           

(   ) 500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry                              (Central, Northern, Eastern countries)

(x ) 550-599 Earth & Life Science, Plants, Animals                          (  ) 950-959 Asian & Middle Eastern History                       

(   ) 600-619 Medical Science                                                (  ) 960-969 African History

(   ) 620-639 Engineering/Agricultural                                    ( x ) 970-973 North American History (General)           

(   ) 640-649 Home Economics                                                ( x) 974-979 U.S. History (Regional)

(   ) 650-699 Business & Manufacturing                                    (  ) 980-999 South American and Other History                

 

Are there any subjects you definitely/specifically do not want?   (   ) yes   (x ) no

If yes, please list:

_______________________________________        _______________________________________  

_______________________________________        _______________________________________ ______________________________________        _______________________________________ _______________________________________        _______________________________________

PLEASE SEND BACK VIA MAIL, FAX OR EMAIL TO: Kim Miller, Marketing and Membership Coordinator, Association of American University Presses, 28 West 36th Street, Suite 602, New York, NY 10018

FAX: 212-989-0275 / EMAIL: kmiller@aaupnet.org

 

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Event The Best of the Best from the University Presses @ ALA Annual 2010

by Stephanie Book (staff) on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm

The Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books You Should Know About

ALA Annual 2010 in Washington, D.C.
Date: Sunday, June 27
Time: 01:30 pm 03:30 pm
Location: WCC-103A

Join us for the Best of the Best presentation of the 20th Edition of the University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, an excellent annual bibliography resource to share with other educators and administrators to engage them in collection building and collaborate in planning for research based activities.

The Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books You Should Know About

ALA Annual 2010 in Washington, D.C.
Date: Sunday, June 27
Time: 01:30 pm 03:30 pm
Location: WCC-103A

Join us for the Best of the Best presentation of the 20th Edition of the University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, an excellent annual bibliography resource to share with other educators and administrators to engage them in collection building and collaborate in planning for research based activities.

Titles included in the 2010 publication have been recommended by the American University Press Books Publication Selection Committee, a joint committee of practicing professionals and members of the American Association of School Librarians and the Public Library Association.

Each year, panelists from the joint selection committee highlight their favorite selections at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association. The 2010 "The Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books You Should Know About" program was recorded by C-Span and can be viewed on their website at: 

2010 - http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294276-1

Previous C-Span tapings of AAUP's "The Best of the Best" program can be viewed at:

2009- http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/287853-1

2008- http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/281005-1

2007- http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/199310-1

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Discussion Midwinter 2010 Meeting Minutes

by Jo Carr on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 04:35 pm

AASL/PLA AAUP Best Books for High School Libraries

1:30-3:30

102A Boston Convention Center

 

I)       Introductions: Janet Hilbun (can’t continue after this year), Barbara Bahm (also in last year of term), Gail Formanack (Board Liaison), Terri Maggio (PLA), Kim Miller (AAUP), Nan Hilyard (PLA)

 

II)     Announcements: None

 

III)  Review of timeline for committee' work.

A       March 19: AAUP reviews due

AASL/PLA AAUP Best Books for High School Libraries

1:30-3:30

102A Boston Convention Center

 

I)       Introductions: Janet Hilbun (can’t continue after this year), Barbara Bahm (also in last year of term), Gail Formanack (Board Liaison), Terri Maggio (PLA), Kim Miller (AAUP), Nan Hilyard (PLA)

 

II)     Announcements: None

 

III)  Review of timeline for committee' work.

A       March 19: AAUP reviews due

B       April 5: Finalize “Best of the Best” presenters. Kim will coordinate the presenters from AASL and PLA.

C       May: Submit proposal for 2011 program. Need to have a good proposal or may not be accepted for future years.

D       June 1: Bibliography published

E        June 27, 2:00-4:00: “Best of the Best” Confirm date/time. Janet can present, Barbara will not be there. Need to have at least two from each. Need individuals who can provide brief statement that will present an incentive to read the book. Kim will send the link for last year’s broadcast so we can see the process.

F        September: Bibliographies distributed.

 

IV)  Review of criteria and process for reviews: Kim will send a listing of the titles distributed as well as a listing with email addressed for members from the PLA committee so we can connect with our counterpart on the other committee. All ratings are entirely up to each committee member.  But per advice from past committee chairs, here are some helpful suggestions for choosing “Outstanding” Titles:

When you’ve accepted a title for the bibliography, ask yourself the following:

-If it was in the budget, would you add it to your collection?

-Is it unique in subject matter and writing?

-Is it accessible to your library?

-Does it make itself accessible to other libraries of a different region, in spite of it perhaps being of a regional subject (example: if you reviewed and liked a book about New York Architecture, is there something about it that would perhaps make it of interest to a library in Texas?)

 

All these questions are of equal importance, but if you can answer yes to at least two of these questions, then perhaps it should be considered for an “Outstanding” rating.  Other criteria are multiple audiences and types of libraries. Will the title appeal to the middle to high school (consider relevance of topic)? Curricular relevance not a criteria but a good factor to connect-add this for those that are not outstanding. Review can be quote from the publisher’s blurb. Comments can address issues of layout and visual appeal.

 

Kim will resend the names of the committee, and the 2009 publication to all AASL and PLA members.    

 

V)    Discussion of program for ALA conference: Do we want to have a power point presentation illustrating books? Yes, send the page numbers to Kim for preparation of the power point. Have a prepared book talk for the outstanding titles. This is the 20th presentation-need to highlight this in the program. Have drawing for books that are presented-bring books being presented at the program for prizes in drawing. Need to find a way to promote program beyond ALA site: PubLib, LMnet, other best of the best lists committees (RUSA, ALSC, YALSA), get in CogNotes as a featured program, send link for last year’s program to LJ/American Libraries. Nann Hilyard and Terry Maggio will be available to present from the PLA side.  

 

VI)  Other business: Need to email information on ALA Connect site to PLA members and add their names to the site.

 

VII)           Adjournment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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