For decades many ALSC book and media award committees have observed time-honored confidentiality policies. The committee deliberations are closed, and they are expected to remain secret forever. Such confidentiality policies enable committee members to speak more openly with one another. The question has been brought to the ALSC Board: For research purposes, should there ever be a designated statute of limitations on these confidentiality policies?
NOTE: the quality/amount of official record-keeping varies greatly over the decades of ALSC’s involvement in book awards, from significant in early years to almost none in recent years.
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