My Name is Monica and I’m a blogger…

… and a member of the 2008 Newbery Committee.

As some already know, at the recent ALA conference in Seattle there was quite a flurry of conversation about blogging when on award committees. Having posted a few weeks back about what I thought I could do based on my reading of the rules, I was puzzled by what I was hearing.

You see, I had hoped that I would be able to encourage readers of this blog to give me their impressions and opinions about eligible books. And to get those I figured I might have to occasionally ask the sort of questions that might give some of my personal impressions and opinions of the very same books. After all the hoopla I don’t know how comfortable I feel doing that any more, but at least I am very relieved to know that I and all other bloggers on these committees, present and future, will be able to do so.

See Debra Lau Whelan’s SLJ article, “Should Members of Book Award Committees Be Allowed to Blog?” for a good overview of this issue.

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3 responses to “My Name is Monica and I’m a blogger…

  1. I don’t see what the big deal is about blogging. You can’t be forced to stop talking about books and that is all blogging really is. As long as you don’t let on about which books are favorites, you’re not doing anything wrong. Keep us posted! (Bad pun, I know.)
    –Chrissie

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  2. Not only that, but the way I present a book on my own personal blog is not necessarily how I’m going to argue about a book when in committee and under set guidelines.

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  3. Pingback: Thoughts on Newbery: Ten Years On | educating alice

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