Get ready for the online voting!
We’ll soon be beginning an online version of Mock Newbery balloting! We tried this last year, and while it’s hard to mimic the consensus-building that can happen when you’re in room with a Mock committee, it’s too fun not try again, with just a few tweaks. If you’d like to participate, you must take on the mantle of the Newbery Committee and …
Make sure you have read all of the books on our shortlist. To vote on which one is the most distinguished, you must have read every contender. Lucky us: we have only 10, and many are short. There is still time!
Make yourself very thoroughly familiar with the Newbery Terms & Criteria. Consider each of these 10 titles against the criteria, and against each other using them, only.
If you want to get yourself in the mood of the Midwinter meeting, open the Newbery Manual and turn to page 39. In lieu of discussion, we have several months worth of posts, and still time to comment…and still a few posts to make to gather comparsions.
On Tuesday morning the 10th, I will open the polls, and you will cast your ballot for a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place choice for the medal. On Wednesday, I’ll close the polls and we’ll see what kind of results we having using the formula in the manual, and whether we seem to have a “winner” or need to have a second ballot. The manual lays out a formula based on a committee of 15 members:
- · In tabulating ballot results, the tellers assign four points to each first place vote, three points to each second place vote, and two points to each third place vote.
- · There is a formula to determine the winner. A book must receive at least 8 first choices at four points per vote for a total of at least 32 points, and it must have an 8 point lead over the book receiving the next highest number of points.
In a Mock Committee, it seems to work out if you assign the points as in the manual, but then look for “x” first choices and an “x” point spread where x is 1 more than half of your number of voters. The bigger or smaller your group gets from 15, the less well this seems to work, but we’ll just see what it looks like.
If we do need to proceed to another ballot, then only titles that received any votes in the first ballot remain eligible. And only titles that receive votes on the winning ballot are eligible to be honor books.
So: get reading/re-reading! Keep commenting! And if anyone would like to join us when we do this in person on Monday January 16th in Oakland CA, please email me.
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About Nina Lindsay
Nina Lindsay is the Children's Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, CA. She chaired the 2008 Newbery Committee, and served on the 2004 and 1998 committees. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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