LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction – May 2020 Report

The group met 4-6 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
As a committee, we have met six times since Midwinter — April 9, April 30, May 21, June 18, July 9, and August 6 via Zoom, and are in touch in between via Connect and Slack. Independently, we are making our way through both publisher submissions (with 150 evaluations submitted as of August 7) and other titles we have identified as potential for the three lists that make up the Notables.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

Second Activity
Tis group has been very conscientious in attending online meetings, especially considering we have a wide range of time zones, from Maritime Canada to Pacific island.s. Past-chair and current administrative assistant Dena Heilik is in touch with publishers to solicit submissions, and we have designated Jodi Purcell as chair-elect.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
We are moving to the stage of finalizing the lists, and will be reading intensively over the next few months as well as creating the annotations for the website. We will notify publishers after the Youth Media Award announcements.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
WE are very grateful for the Zoom platform availability, it has been indispensible.

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
Since we were not able to conduct an author program at Annual, we are hoping that we can showcase the list in the future via a virtual event.

Additional comments or concerns:
Thank you for all of the communications regarding the transition to CORE.

Submitted by Wendy Stephens on 08/07/2020