Two positions on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee will be available beginning January 1, 2012. Applicants should be members of AJL, familiar with the scope of Judaic children's literature, experienced in writing critical reviews, willing and able to read and review over 120 books during the course of a year, and able to meet deadlines. Committee members are expected to attend annual conventions and to participate in committee-sponsored events, including speaking at the Committee's annual presentation. The term of membership on the Committee is four years. Each committee member typically receives more than $2,000 in books for review each year, which may be kept for personal use or added to the member's library. Membership on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee is both fun and intellectually challenging, but it also requires a substantial commitment in terms of time and energy.
Members must be able to submit reviews electronically and correspond with other committee members through regular e-mail.
To apply, send a letter indicating the reasons for your interest, a resume, and several examples of your recent reviews of Jewish
children's books to Barbara Bietz, Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Applications will be accepted through October 30, 2011.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Chair, Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee
Association of Jewish Libraries