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05 February 2015 @ 09:03 am
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One last post about the titles honored this week at the ALA Youth Media Awards is in order. Among my friends, the discussion was full of glee. We delighted in the titles we knew and consulted about the titles we did not know. I located a few of the books I had not read but knew were in some TBR stack or another so I have my reading stack for this weekend.

However, there were the usual posts and tweets and even a video about the awards that, quite frankly, took a little bit of the joy away. It is one thing to wish a certain title had made the list, especially one that touched you deeply. But I call snarky comments about certain books that should NOT be on the list WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! I was disturbed by the lack of respect shown to committee work by some folks who should know better.

I sat in my office and watched the live webcast and was transported to Chicago (and without all the bother of the blizzard) where I cheered and cried and laughed along with all my colleagues who were in attendance. At the same time, I was tweeting winning titles and texting my friend who was doing PD at the time. I have served on some committees, and I know the hard work and dedication of the individuals involved. I cheer each and every one of you for your time and effort. I appreciate all that you had to give up in order to read (listen) over and over and over again. I admire all of the passion I know was expended in the meetings as you discussed the books. I applaud all of you.

And to the folks who feel the need to be snarky and who think they are being somehow superior? Stop. Think about the work that was done. Cheer the books you loved. And then stop talking. You are not being witty and cool. You are being disrespectful of the book, its creator(s), and the committee process. Stop.
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RebelLibrarian: Applauserebellibrarian on February 6th, 2015 04:55 pm (UTC)
"And to the folks who feel the need to be snarky and who think they are being somehow superior? Stop."

This could solve a lot of ills - not just in relation to book awards, to everything in life.