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Opening on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee

A position on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee will be available beginning in June, 2017. AJL members are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should be members of AJL, familiar with the scope of Judaic children’s literature, experienced in writing critical reviews, willing and able to read and review over 120 books during the course of a year, and able to meet deadlines.

Committee members are expected to attend the annual conference and to participate in committee-sponsored events, including speaking at the Committee’s annual presentation.  The term of membership on the Committee is four years.  Each committee member typically receives more than $1500 in books for review, which may be kept for personal use or added to the member’s library.

Membership on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee is both fun and intellectually challenging. It also requires a substantial commitment in terms of time and energy.

Members must be able to submit reviews electronically and correspond with the committee members through regular e-mail.  Familiarity with Google Docs is helpful but not required.

To apply, send a letter indicating the reasons for your interest, a resume, and several examples of your recent reviews of Jewish children’s books to Ellen Tilman, Committee Chair, at chair@sydneytaylorbookaward.org or ellen.tilman@gmail.com

Applications will be accepted through March 21, 2017

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