Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Case Study No. 2105: Ellen Wickham

Raytown librarian appointed to national committee
A Raytown librarian will help selects books for schools across the country. Ellen Wickham is the library media specialist at Raytown South and was appointed to a national committee.

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Ellen Wickham, Library Media Specialist at Raytown South High Schools has been appointed to the Young Adult Library Services Association committee to select the Best Fiction Books for Young Adults list. The list is published annually and is used by librarians who serve young adult patrons to assist in selecting books for purchase. Wickham's tenure begins on February 1, 2015.

Wickham has served locally and at the state level in many capacities, including serving six years on the Missouri Gateway Readers Award Committee, in various positions on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Association of School Librarians, and as president of the same group for the last four years.

"I was looking for ways to serve at the national level, so being a part of BFYA is really a dream come true," Wickham said.



RAYTOWN, Mo. - An area librarian will help select books for schools across the country after being appointed to a national committee.

Ellen Wickham, the library media specialist at Raytown South, is one of 15 people appointed to a national committee to select the best fiction books for young adults.

Schools use the list the committee provides to purchase books for their libraries.

Wickham said young adult literature is hugely popular right now thanks in part to Hollywood.

"The Hollywood folks are realizing they have a built-in audience from all these great books that have come out," Wickham said. "And now they're producing movies, and that in turn gets the non-readers into reading the books."

Wickham is also President of the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

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