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Local Librarian Tapped to Chair the 2016 Edwards Award Committee for YALSA

Wednesday, May 14, 2014  
Posted by: Melanie
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Image of Margaret A. Edwards AwardValerie Davis, Teen and Adult Services Librarian at Campbell County Public Library, has been named Chair of the Edwards Award Committee for 2016.  You may know Valerie for her presentation at our Staff Training Symposium a couple of years ago, where she pointed out that you can’t serve teens if it’s clear that you don’t like them. Valerie has also presented at the American Libraries Association Annual Conference and other local and regional conferences. A long time selector for various Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) book lists (last year she read over 350 books in that capacity and became persona non grata to her UPS delivery man) she is excited to be looking at authors and their body of work, rather than reading mass quantities.
Valerie is not only sharp but also really cares about people; those are two of many reasons why she’s such a successful librarian. She’s a great pick for the Edwards Award leadership job.
For more about the Edwards Award (from the YALSA website):
"Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.  The Edwards award celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013."
Links to other terrific YALSA resources:

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