Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation

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Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation. Ed. by Angela Carstensen. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 164 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8570-0).

This reference book combines the last three revisions of the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries' collective work, Outstanding Books for the College Bound, intended to "provide reading recommendations to students of all ages who plan to continue their education beyond high school" (vii).

The book opens with the origin, history, and committee processes for this project, for those who care to know, and gives context for the valuable work that continues today. The following chapters outline interesting and creative ways to put this list to work for your library users--whether they be high school students, members of the public, postsecondary students, educators, or lifelong learners of any age.

The lists, of course, support collection development (and the selection work is done for us!), but they can also support "merchandising" in one's library, providing readers' advisory, preparing book talks (annotations are included for all titles), creating displays, and even producing programs. One writer suggests highlighting selected titles by inviting speakers from corresponding areas of discipline to speak to students, integrating book displays and book talks into the program. …

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