Friday, March 18, 2011

Book Battle 2011: Call for Volunteers

I know from comments and emails that I've gotten that this is the part of the battle most of you have been waiting for.  :-)  As I mentioned in all my posts yesterday, I'm going to need a lot of help this year, so I hope everyone will want to volunteer to help out. 

After last year (my first year organizing the battle) I realized how much I can use some extra help.  So in addition to the call for judges, which you'll find below, I'm also asking for the following new positions:

Graphics Specialist - This volunteer will be reponsible for coming up with a logo/button for this year's battle (or finding someone else who can do it for you).  They will also be responsible for creating/updating the bracket graphics as the battle progresses.  This volunteer can also be a judge.   Position now filled, thanks for volunteering!

Goodreads Moderator - There is a Goodreads group for the battle, but it kind of got negelected last year because I was focusing on other things.  This volunteer will be responsible for updating the Goodreads group and can also institute dicussions, group readalongs/events/etc. 
-Desired Requirements: Goodreads account (or willingness to create one).  This volunteer can also be a judge.  Position now filled, thanks for volunteering!

Publicity Committe (would like at least 2 volunteers) - These volunteers have the job of helping to publicize the battle.  Whether through blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. they will help network with other people to get out awareness about the battle.  Whether recruiting volunteers, calling for nominations, emailing friends or posting about the latest battle results, these volunteers are all about getting the word out as much as they can. 
-Desired requirements: Blog and/or website, Twitter account, willingness/ability to email or otherwise contact friends/people who may be interested in the battle.  Online social butterflies a plus.  :)  These volunteers can also be judges.

And, of course, we wouldn't be anywhere without our fabulous judges.  If you are new to the battle this year and haven't already, make sure you read my post about the judging process from yesterday before you apply. 

Round 1 Judge: These judges will be responsible for reading as many of the nominated books on the longlist they can in about 3-4 weeks.  They will recommend titles for the shortlist to be organized into brakcets.  These judges will work alone, although they are few to have discussions with other Round 1 judges. 
-Desired Requirements: Quick readers, willingness to borrow/buy books where needed (access to large library a plus), ability to meet deadlines on time, critical thinker. 

Round 2 Judge: Second round judges will be assigned a bracket (ie two books) to read and pick a winner.  Every Round 2 Judge will be working with at least one partner to pick the winner for each bracket. 
-Desired Requirements: Ability to finish 2 books in 2 weeks, works well with others, checks email regularly, willingness to borrow/buy books where needed (access to large library a plus), ability to meet deadlines on time, critical thinker. 

If you'd like to volunteer for any of these positions, please fill out the form.  I will be away from my computer for the next few days, but will start responding to people who volunteer by next week.  At that point you will be assigned a position(s) and asked to commit to the timeline. 

You can apply for as many positions as you want, but you will not be given more than 2 spots. 

If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me at shadyglade(AT)mail(DOT)com.  Good luck to everyone!


Ann Summerville said...

Sounds intense. Good luck.

Unknown said...

really excited for the second year of this!!