Selecting Materials for Libraries

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Success Stories

Tips/Successful Models for Library Materials Selection

Book Reviews by Librarians

  • ICPL Staff Picks Blog Reviews from the Iowa City Public Library staff
  • Librarian's Book Revoogle Customized search engine for librarian written book reviews
  • The Practicing Librarians' Book Reviews Links to book reviews written by librarians for other librarians and readers
  • Library Goddesses Reviews from many genre
  • MADreads Reviews from the Madison Public Library
  • Reader's Club Reviews from Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County

Blogs/Websites to Watch

Here are some sites that will help selectors identify books of current interest.

  • Powell's Review of the Day
  • Elliott Bay Book Company Maiden Voyage First Edition Program
  • Book Sense Picks via The King's English Bookstore
  • Likely Stories New blog from Booklist
  • Reading Group Guides Suggests books to discussion groups, pointing out some less known titles.
  • NPR Books Reviews and podcasts from a variety of NPR programs are collected at this site.
  • The Tech Static Rachel Singer Gordon, wrote Library Journal’s "Computer Media" review column from 2002 until it was retired in October 2008. She launched The Tech Static in November 2008 to fill the resulting gap in the library literature
  • Early Word Watches the popular press for titles overlooked in the professional reviews.
  • CCBC Books for Children and Young Adults Booklists and bibliographies from the Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Specific Blog Posts/Articles to Check Out

  • Selecting Books for Public Libraries in a Connected World
  • Let's Buy Some Books: Staying Relevant in a Competitive World On the need to buy best sellers in a timely manner
  • What You'll Read Next: The Buzz of Books
  • 9/11, Books and Libraries