Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Best of the Best

During the recent ALA Annual Conference, 100 "best of the best" young adult books were selected by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). The 100 books were from 1994 to 2003, and includes both fiction and nonfiction. The full list is here. (For some reason, I couldn't find it on the ALA website itself. If you can find the link, I'll edit this and add it)

I LOVE lists like these. I like them for collection development (do we have this book?), weeding information (in other words, if its on this list, don't), and as a personal and professional guide and benchmark. Have I read the books? Have I at least heard of the books?

My score: I've read 54 of the 100, and I'm happy to say that those 54 are fairly equally spread out for all 10 years and for fiction and nonfiction.


  • At 3:47 PM, Blogger jamie said…

    That does kick in the competitive urge, doesn't it? I've only read 44, skewed VERY heavily towards the 21st century. What a good starting point of a list though, for new YA librarians.

  • At 4:33 PM, Blogger Sarah Mae said…

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  • At 5:02 PM, Blogger Sarah Mae said…

    The list is only avaible on the website to YALSA members.

  • At 6:33 PM, Blogger Liz B said…

    I thought membership was the difference between plain lists and annotated lists. Oh well. Just another reason to be a member of YALSA! You do get goodies!


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