OLA Best Bets Committee
This committee is comprised of Librarians and Library Technicians who are OLA members, work in public libraries and are committed to children's and young adult services and eager to evaluate and promote Canadian books. We are a long standing committee with a strong voice in promoting Canadian literature for children and young adults. Our goals include highlighting excellence in the current publishing year for the OLA membership, bolstering the Canadian publishing industry, developing recognition for Canadian authors and Canadian books, and providing teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians and other interested parties with a meaningful list to assist in collection development and readers’ advisory.
Meetings are held a minimum of four times a year. Members discuss and evaluate recent publications by Canadian authors and illustrators. The books evaluated are suitable for children and young adults from birth to nineteen years old. From these discussions, the Committee produces "Best Bets" lists, annual annotated lists of recommended titles. These lists are released each year at the OLA Super Conference.
The Best Bets Committee is a wonderful opportunity to evaluate new Canadian books, network with colleagues and be an active participant in OLA.
OLA Best Bets Committee Terms of Reference is available here.
Call for New Members
The OLA Best Bets Committee is currently looking for new members to fill vacancies in the committee. The committee is comprised of librarians and library technicians who are OLA members, work in public libraries, committed to children's and young adult services and eager to evaluate and promote Canadian books.
Please review the terms of reference for this committee here. If you're interested in applying, please complete this form .
Best Bets Annual Selections
The OLA's annual Best Bets
evolved from a list put out by the Canadian Materials Committee of the Children's Services Guild. A second annual list highlighting materials for young adults was added in 2006.
The OLA's Best Bets Committee selects books on the basis of their literary/artistic merit as well as their appeal for children and young adults. Text and illustrations are of equal importance in picture books and information books. These lists are made available in PDF format.
The OLA Best Bets Committee is currently working on building awareness of our Committee and the lists we produce. In order to best determine what areas we need to focus on, we would appreciate your assistance in completing this survey. The survey should take about 5 minutes or less (or longer, if you really get into the questions!).
OLA Best Bets Committee Members:
|Vivien Keiling – Co-Chair
Barrie Public Library
||Faith Roebuck Shergold – Co-Chair
Midland Public Library
Toronto Public Library
Oakville Public Library
Toronto Public Library
Centre for Equitable Library Access
Shelburne Public Library
Brantford Public Library
* For further information, please contact Vivien Keiling
or Faith Roebuck Shergold