May Means Panic Time for Spring Yearbook Deliveries
Once again I spent most of my weekend trying not to hyperventilate or yell, "Not it! Not it! Not it!" as Monday closes in and my 1,300 or so yearbooks get delivered.
It's YBP time--as in YearBookPanic time. The time when newscasters across the universe highlight yearbook disasters and mishaps with live news reports at 5 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 10 o’clock.
And, of course, just in case you missed it, stories get posted at nano-speed across the Internet.
In previous years, there have been reports of altered photos, embedded profanities and clothing issues. Other than the controversy over including a gay student's photo in the yearbook at a Mississippi school, things so far have been remarkably quiet this year on the YBP front.
But it is still a tad bit early. I'm hoping it stays that way.
Some question the viability of yearbooks as more and more young adults turn to social networking sites to log their memories. Colleges especially seem to be having a tough time with tanking yearbook sales. So much so that earlier this year, the University of Virginia announced it was ceasing publication of its book after 120 years. Several other universities including Purdue and the University of Georgia have also opted not to continue to publish a yearbook.
Although high schools are not immune to dwindling sales, the economy seems to shoulder most of the blame.
Some yearbook companies are now offering ways for buyers to personalize their yearbooks by allowing customers to add and design their own yearbook pages. UCLA is one university moving in that direction.
It will be interesting to see if a more interactive approach to yearbooks will keep them alive.