This section is comprised of annual selections for the same topic each year in the same month, with the exception of July. These lists will feature titles considered to be Essential or Recommended works in each of the fields by YBP's subject-specialist profilers, mostly at the general-academic and advanced-academic content levels. Much careful thought goes into the finished lists, employing the entire array selection criteria available to YBP customers in any book description, as well as critical judgment on the part of the people gathering the titles. The intention is for the resulting much-winnowed lists to be useful selection tools for selectors working in a wide variety of settings, from small liberal arts colleges and all public libraries up through the largest research library.
January: Women's Studies
Selections of titles timed to aid librarians in collecting works for Women's History Month in March.
February: Environmental Studies
Includes titles published in the previous year, intended as an aid in preparing for any special events related to Earth Day in April.
March: Developing Countries
Each year, YBP will produce a list featuring titles related to developing nations, as profiled by YBP's subject specialist bibliographers during the previous twelve months. All aspects of developing nations will be considered, especially socio-economic concerns such as trade agreements and micro-financing, along with relevant works related to historical and environmental issues.
This set of titles will include titles related to Journalism, Mass Media, and general language studies as related to Communications.
May: Science and Technology in Society
Features the best Sci-Tech titles with philosophical, anthropological, ethical, or sociological concerns published in the previous twelve months.
Staff at YBP will sift through the slews of business guidebooks to find a very selective set of recently-published titles in this area.
July: Miscellaneous Topics
Some possible areas YBP will consider for this section are: hospitality industry, anthropology, gender studies, ESL, language/linguistics, ethics and veterinary medicine. Please contact us if there is a topic that you would like to see included here.
August: General Reference Works
This list features an annual selection of reference works appropriate for any general collection.
September: Computer Science
Not to be confused with Mauer's Computer Guidebooks. Dave Mauer will be making the selections but they are higher-level, less practical works than the extremely selective set of guidebooks he chooses every six month that can be found on this alternative page: Mauer's Computer Guidebooks. The lists of computer titles featured in this section are attempt to spare librarians from having to sort through the thousands of computer guidebooks published each year just to find the few necessary Computer Science gems.
October: U.S. Presidential Politics and History
Timed to coincide with presidential elections, these lists feature titles published in the previous year which are related to historical and biographical information about all U.S. presidents and first ladies, the evolution of the presidency in America, as well as titles about political trends related to the current president.
November: Biotechnology and Nanotechnology
Twelve months'-worth of the best titles published in these topics.
December: African-American Studies
African-American History titles published in the previous year, intended as an aid for Black History Month selections.