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    • Collection Building Through Publication Writing Book Reviews and Working With Publishers for Collection and Professional Development Elizabeth Brown Binghamton University Libraries May 5, 2005
    • Outline
      • Publishing industry organization, culture
      • Library book review sources
      • Application process for reviewers
      • How to write a book review
      • Benefits of reviewing
      • Collection building benefits
    • Publishing Industry
      • Books – scholarly, popular titles
      • Books – trade, university presses
      • Journals – society, for-profit
      • Magazines and newspapers
    • How do things get published?
      • Masthead – list of staff
      • Editor – reviews content and makes decisions on what to publish
        • Managing Editor: layout / design
        • Literary Editor: writing or intellectual content
        • Circulation Editor: advertising and revenue
        • Executive Editor, Editor-in-Chief: runs magazine
    • Library Book Review Sources
      • E-Streams (YBP) – Science and Tech.
      • Library Journal – broad coverage
      • Choice – academic library titles
      • Booklist – ALA review journal
      • Other specialized web and print sites
    • Application Process for Reviewers
      • Call for reviewers from publication OR
      • Call to review a specific item
      • Respond to editor / publication
      • Submit one (or more) writing samples
      • Complete application form
      • Assigned an editor based on subject / coverage in application
    • Application Details to Consider
      • Areas of specialty:
        • Academic background
        • Collection responsibilities in job position
        • Hobbies, interest, and training in other areas
      • Where to receive materials – home / office
    • Application Details
      • Potential conflicts of interest:
        • Academic advisors,
        • Research collaborators
        • Work colleagues
        • Former supervisors
        • Relatives
    • The Book Review Process
      • Receive a copy of the item
        • Final form, review copy, uncorrected proof
      • Review instructions
        • Content guidelines - what to cover
        • Length (# words)
        • Bibliographic info.
      • Due date – usually 2 weeks
      • Email or mail address for submitted review
    • How Do I Write a Review?
      • Look at:
        • Intro material and index
        • Promo flyers and ad material
        • Publisher web site – pre-pub information available
        • Online bookstores
          • Barnes & Noble , Amazon.com
          • Reviews posted , plus reader reviews
    • Book Review Details
      • Consider the audience – librarians
      • Ask myself:
        • if I had 1-3 minutes to read this review, what would help me decide to buy this item?
      • Quality of text and binding
      • User Aids: photos, illustrations, diagrams, charts, addenda
      • Author / Publisher reputation
    • Post-Book Review
      • May receive a final copy of the item from publisher after review is published – contact publisher directly
      • Reference books – usually publication copy
      • Add items to the collection as a gift
        • Processed through Acquisitions, then Cataloging
    • Additional Benefits of Reviewing
      • Publications for your C.V.
      • Contact with Editors and the publishing industry
      • Learn publishing cycles and marketing
      • Add “free” titles to the Libraries’ collections
      • Recognition for BU and the Libraries
    • How do I get started?
      • Generate a writing sample
        • Article for a publication – national / regional
        • Thesis / dissertation sample
        • Scholarly journal article if the principal author
        • Previously published book review
    • How do I get started?
      • Referrals from other book reviewers and colleagues
      • Publisher receptions and exhibit booths at library conferences
      • Notices from discussion lists and websites – call for book reviewers
    • Recent Notice
      • Reviewers needed: Library Journal is looking for readers interested in reviewing books on contemporary international affairs, particularly in the Middle East but also in Russia, Latin America, Africa, and Far East Asia.
      • Please send a résumé and two sample reviews to Tania Barnes, assistant editor, LJ Book Review, at tbarnes@ reedbusiness.com.
    • Collection-Building Benefits
      • Add “free” titles to the collection
      • Compare titles to similar items in the collection
      • Fill in gaps in a collection
      • Take cues from publishing industry marketing and trends to build collections