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Friday, May 20 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
What Was That Like? Utah librarians share their experiences serving on ALA Youth Media Award committees

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A panel of Utah librarians who have served on Youth Media Award committees including Newbery, Caldecott, Odyssey, Early Learning Digital Media, Sibert, and Geisel will share insights about committee service, evaluating books, and what the awards mean to us.

Learning objectives:
Participants will become more familiar with ALA Youth Media Awards
Participants will be inspired to consider volunteering to serve on YMA committees
Panelists will share tips on evaluating books and media


Lauren Liang

University of Utah
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Heather Novotny

Librarian, The McGillis School

Gene Nelson

Director, Provo City Library

DaNae Leu

School Librarian, Davis County School District

Deanna Romreill

Salt Lake City Public Library
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Joella Bagshaw

Children's Services Manager, Provo City Library
Joella is the Children’s Services Manager at the Provo City Library. She has been a librarian for 19 years. She has served on many different ALSC and YALSA Committees—including the Odyssey Award Committee for 2016 and the Excellence in Early Learning and Digital Media Award Committee... Read More →

Matt McLain

Associate Director of Community Engagement, Salt Lake County Library

Friday May 20, 2022 1:30pm - 2:20pm MDT
Meridian C & G