My book shelf of Cybils review copies ended up looking like this (minus a few that might have been on my desk at the moment). That's over a 100 titles there! Thanks to the publishers who sent review copies because it made discussions a lot easier when we could pull a copy off the shelf and refresh our minds. I also kept a large stack of all the library copies I could get my hands on so I had direct access to most of the books during discussion.
As we read the books, there was a space in the database for each judge to leave a comment and mark whether or not they wanted the book on their shortlist of books they considered top contenders. We all ended up with about 18 titles on our shortlists and it was clear that we were not all in agreement because the compiled list of all our shortlists was anything but short. The week before our final discussion, Mother Reader asked everyone to narrow down their shortlist to 12 books. Her judging criteria that directed the discussion covered five things: