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Readers' advisory 2.0 / Suggestions de lecture 2.0


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Readers' advisory 2.0 / Suggestions de lecture 2.0

  1. 1. Readers’ advisory 2.0 Suggestions de lecture 2.0 Alexandra Yarrow Librarian, Rideau Branch Ottawa Public Library
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  3. 3. Plan for today <ul><li>Definitions: Reader’s advisory, appeal factors, Web 2.0, Library 2.0, RA 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Absolutely crucial RA blogs </li></ul><ul><li>French RA web sites and blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized web sites and blogs: bookstores, literary prizes, newspapers, RA genres </li></ul><ul><li>Online book clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Best sites for new RA trends: read-alikes, reading maps and reader profiles </li></ul><ul><li>, </li></ul><ul><li>Resource list(s) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Reader’s advisory and appeal factors <ul><li>“ Appeal was a groundbreaking concept because it shifted the focus away from material to its experience.” Duncan Smith </li></ul><ul><li> Appeal = Areas of change </li></ul><ul><li>Other areas of change: </li></ul><ul><li>Fine-tuning of terms used to express feelings a book evokes: affect, mood and tone </li></ul><ul><li>Design issues encompassing layout and format (audiobook? graphica?) </li></ul><ul><li>New concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Genre sliding </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy Pearl’s “doorways” </li></ul><ul><li>See “An RA Big Think” Library Journal 7/15/2007 (tagged RA_background_reading on Delicious) </li></ul><ul><li>Story line </li></ul>New aspects related to story line : content, genre, subject, theme and type <ul><li>Frame </li></ul>Unpacking frame : description, language, learning/experiencing, setting and style <ul><li>Pacing </li></ul><ul><li>Character </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is Web 2.0? <ul><li>Web 2.0: A “second generation of the World Wide Web […] focused on the ability for people to collaborate and share information online.” Characteristics of Web 2.0: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open source software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fosters open communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive / collaborative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User centered: Anyone can add content or contribute! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples of web 2.0 tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging and mircoblogging (eg. Twitter) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking sites (eg. Facebook, MySpace) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo or video sharing (eg. Flickr, YouTube) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking (eg. Delicious) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual worlds (eg. Second Life) </li></ul></ul>Some web 2.0 tools!
  6. 6. Tim O’Reilly and Web 2.0 <ul><li>“ The Web as platform” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Harnessing collective intelligence” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Rich user experiences” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Leveraging the long tail through customer self-service.” </li></ul>Source: RA_background_reading on Delicious
  7. 7. The flip side? <ul><li>The Annoyed Librarian : &quot;All the twopointoh stuff makes it so easy for users to generate idiocy. Just think, back in the old days, one had to find a publisher willing to put up with your idiocy, but the twopointoh publishers depend upon it. Without a lot of user-generated idiocy, Blogger, Wordpress, Livejournal, and the like would be barren wastelands. But now, there's an endless supply of idiocy to read!&quot; </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is Library 2.0? <ul><li>“ The application of Web 2.0 thinking and technologies to library services and collections.” -Jack M. Maness. &quot;Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries.&quot; Webology 3.2: June, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia: “a loosely defined model for a modernized form of library service that reflects a transition within the library world in the way that services are delivered to users. The focus is on user-centered change and participation in the creation of content and community . […] This includes online services like the use of OPAC systems and an increased flow of information from the user back to the library .” </li></ul><ul><li>Not a new version of the library or its services, but a response to the impact that Web 2.0 technologies have had. - Toward Academic Library 2.0: Development and Application of a Library 2.0 Methodology by Michael C. Habib </li></ul>
  9. 9. Implications of Library 2.0 <ul><li>Small libraries can rival big libraries! </li></ul><ul><li>Users have new expectations! </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging in a new way: sad, happy, good, bad, etc. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sounds cool… How does this work? <ul><li>“ A complete social discovery system for libraries.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. RA_BiblioCommons on Delicious
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  13. 13. Reader’s Advisory 2.0 <ul><li>“ RA 2.0 is the art of using digital tools not only to share information with and advise readers on finding the right book for the right mood, but to collaborate with both colleagues and patrons/readers to create, enhance, and use old and new readers' resources and forums; RA 2.0 helps us create community and address the social aspects of reading by going to where the readers are , as well as inviting them into our organizing, reviewing, and publicizing processes .” </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Laura Calderone, Diana Herald, and Sarah Cords on the RA in a Day 2008 wiki: </li></ul>RA_background_reading on Delicious
  14. 14. A note about RSS feeds <ul><li>RSS = Really simple syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time updates to web content </li></ul><ul><li>2 components: RSS “feed” or channel (the site you want to tune into, coded for RSS) + RSS reader or aggregator (software that interprets the RSS feed for you and updates you with messages). </li></ul><ul><li>Sites with an RSS feed normally display this symbol </li></ul><ul><li>A great list of RSS readers available free online is here: </li></ul>RA_RSS on Delicious
  15. 15. Absolutely crucial RA blogs <ul><li> Quillblog: </li></ul><ul><li>Overbooked: </li></ul><ul><li>Globe and Mail Books: </li></ul><ul><li>Guardian Books: </li></ul><ul><li>Reader’s Advisor Online Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>Dewey Divas and Dudes: </li></ul><ul><li>Ann Arbor Public Library Book Blog: </li></ul><ul><li> Blog of a Bookslut: </li></ul><ul><li> Library Journal’s In the Bookroom blog: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> Bookninja: </li></ul><ul><li>Maud Newton: Blog </li></ul>
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  20. 20. More great b l o g s ! <ul><li>Booklist has 3 blogs: Likely Stories ( ), Book Group Buzz ( ) and Audiobooker ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Brown Paper: </li></ul><ul><li>The Roaring 20s: Quarterlife Lit for the Twentysomething Set (Harper Library MySpace Blog) </li></ul><ul><li>EarlyWord: </li></ul><ul><li>The Canadian Bookworm: </li></ul><ul><li>The Good Book Psychic: </li></ul><ul><li>Waterboro Public Library (Maine): </li></ul><ul><li>Book Bitch: </li></ul><ul><li>Ornery Librarian: </li></ul><ul><li>Princeton Library Lounge (Princeton Public Library): </li></ul><ul><li>ABC Book Reviews (Twinsburg Public Library): </li></ul><ul><li>5 th Estate: </li></ul><ul><li>International Literary Quarterly: </li></ul><ul><li>RA_great_blogs on Delicious </li></ul>
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  22. 22. French RA web sites and blogs (not all 2.0ish) <ul><li>Romans@lire: </li></ul><ul><li>Mag’ à Lire: </li></ul><ul><li>A à Z: Guide de la bonne lecture *free e-newsletter* </li></ul><ul><li>Livresse </li></ul><ul><li>Cyberpresse: lectures </li></ul><ul><li>Le Devoir: livres </li></ul><ul><li>Salon du livre de Montreal </li></ul><ul><li>Critiques Libres </li></ul><ul><li>Figures de style *free e-newsletter* </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Le Monde: Livres,2-3260,1-0,0.html </li></ul><ul><li>Pause Lecture    </li></ul><ul><li>RA_French on Delicious </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Both simple and mixte search are on the homepage screen </li></ul><ul><li>Recherche simple = </li></ul><ul><li>Sujet </li></ul><ul><li>Titre </li></ul><ul><li>Auteur(e) </li></ul><ul><li>Recherche mixte = </li></ul><ul><li>Sujet </li></ul><ul><li>Titre </li></ul><ul><li>Auteur(e) </li></ul><ul><li>Personnage(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Lieu du récit </li></ul><ul><li>Prix litt é raire </li></ul><ul><li>+ LIMITES </li></ul>Looking for desperate housewives? Try subject = femmes de foyer… (you still have to check if they are desperate) Oeuvre de __ siècle (divided into 50-year periods) Genre littéraire: merveilleux, nouvelles, nouvelles à suspense, nouvelles d’horreur, nouvelles de science-fiction, nouvelles érotiques, nouvelles fantastiques, politique-fiction, romans à suspense, roman autobiographique, roman bigraphique, roman d’amour, roman d’aventures, roman d’espionage, roman d’horreur, roman de chevalerie, roman épistolaire, roman érotique, roman familial, roman fantastique, roman histotrique, roman humoristique, roman judicier, roman noir, roman policier, roman tiré d’un fait vécu, roman western, roman science-fiction!
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  26. 26. Specialized web sites and blogs: Bookstores <ul><li> , , , (of course) </li></ul><ul><li>Barnes and Noble Over 1 million titles + author interviews, book news and reviews. *Good book club section!* </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Booksellers Association </li></ul><ul><li>News, events, seasonal hot titles lists, info. Some areas members only… </li></ul><ul><li> Very similar to Amazon and other bookstore sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Librairie Renaud-Bray Palmar ès, coups de cœur, carnets RB </li></ul><ul><li>Nicholas Hoare </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogue, Notes At Random and House Favourites (+ local events!) </li></ul><ul><li>PDF version of Notes At Random and list of local events available by e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Ben McNally Books </li></ul><ul><li>Indie Bound puts out Indie Next List ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>RA_bookstores on Delicious </li></ul>
  27. 27. Specialized web sites and blogs: literary prizes RA_literary_prizes on Delicious
  28. 28. Specialized web sites and blogs: newspapers and magazines <ul><li>3:AM Buzzwords blog </li></ul><ul><li>The Independent </li></ul><ul><li>New York Times Sunday Book Review </li></ul><ul><li>The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) </li></ul><ul><li>BBC - Arts - Books </li></ul><ul><li>CBC Words at Large </li></ul><ul><li>The Writer’s Caf é </li></ul><ul><li> News - Arts - Book </li></ul><ul><li> Books </li></ul><ul><li>The Complete Review </li></ul><ul><li>Book World: The Washington Post </li></ul><ul><li>RA_newspapers_and_mags on Delicious </li></ul>
  29. 29. Newspapers and magazines (cont’d) <ul><li>RA_newspapers_and_mags on </li></ul><ul><li>AudioFile *free e-newsletter – Editor’s picks * *current issue free online* </li></ul><ul><li>Bookforum </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks *free e-newsletter* *selected reviews free online* </li></ul><ul><li>Books in Canada *selected reviews free online* </li></ul><ul><li>Entre les lignes </li></ul><ul><li>Lettres québécoises *free e-newsletter* </li></ul><ul><li>Lire *free e-newsletter* </li></ul><ul><li>Liaison </li></ul><ul><li>The Literary review of Canada *free e-newsletter* </li></ul><ul><li>The London Review of Books </li></ul><ul><li>Mystery Scene *selected articles free online* </li></ul><ul><li>The New York Review of Books *free e-newsletter* *selected articles free online* </li></ul><ul><li>Nuit blanche *PARTS of articles free online* </li></ul>
  30. 30. Off-the-beaten-track magazines
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  32. 32. Specialized genre web sites and blogs: Mystery <ul><li>Confessions of an idiosyncratic mind (crime) </li></ul><ul><li>CrimeSpree Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>DEADline News </li></ul><ul><li>The Cozy Library “ The only authors featured here are those whose books our &quot;Cozy Librarians&quot; have read and reviewed positively.” </li></ul><ul><li>Stop, You’re Killing Me! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>RA_mystery and RA_genre_site on Delicious </li></ul>
  33. 33. Specialized genre web sites and blogs: Romance <ul><li>Romance Junkies </li></ul><ul><li>Romance Readers: Do it with passion! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>(also have blog: ) </li></ul><ul><li>Romance Writers of America </li></ul><ul><li>All About Romance Novels </li></ul><ul><li>Romantic Times </li></ul><ul><li>Affaire de Coeur </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>RA_romance and RA_genre_site on Delicious </li></ul>
  34. 34. Specialized genre web sites and blogs: Science fiction
  35. 35. Specialized genre web sites and blogs: Fantasy <ul><li>Many of websites on the previous slide! </li></ul><ul><li>Fantasy Finder </li></ul><ul><li>Black Gate (e-zine) </li></ul><ul><li>Unchronia (alternative history) </li></ul><ul><li>RA_fantasy and RA_genre_site on Delicious </li></ul>
  36. 36. Specialized genre web sites and blogs: Fan fiction <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>RA_fanfic and RA_genre_site on Delicious </li></ul>
  37. 37. Specialized genre web sites and blogs: Non-fiction <ul><li>BiblioTravel </li></ul><ul><li>All Readers </li></ul><ul><li>Booklist Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Book Reporter </li></ul><ul><li>Dear Reader and BPL online book clubs: </li></ul><ul><li> and </li></ul><ul><li>NPR Books </li></ul><ul><li>Reader’s Club: Nonfiction (then choose by category) </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Group Guides: Nonfiction </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly NF : Interesting non-fiction books of many flavors </li></ul><ul><li>Nonfiction Readers Anonymous </li></ul><ul><li>ricklibrarian </li></ul><ul><li>RA_nonfiction and RA_genre_site on Delicious </li></ul>
  38. 38. Specialized genre web sites and blogs: Non-fiction <ul><li>Background reading: tagged RA_background_reading on </li></ul><ul><li>“ Exploring Nonfiction” Library Journal 2/15/2007 </li></ul>
  39. 39. Specialized genre web sites and blogs: Horror <ul><li>The Groovy Age of Horror </li></ul><ul><li>Horror Writers Association </li></ul><ul><li>International Gothic Association </li></ul><ul><li>The Literary Gothic: The premier webguide to pre-1950 Gothic-tradition literature </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>RA_horror and RA_genre_site on Delicious </li></ul>
  40. 40. Specialized genre web sites and blogs: Westerns <ul><li>Westerns: </li></ul><ul><li>The ReadWest Network </li></ul><ul><li>Western Writers of America: RoundUp </li></ul><ul><li>A Directory of Western Authors </li></ul><ul><li>RA_western and RA_genre_site on Delicious </li></ul>
  41. 41. Specialized genre web sites and blogs: Graphica, comics and manga <ul><li>Non 2.0 tool: Catalogue from Random House with notes by Robin from No flying, no tights website: </li></ul><ul><li>The lair: </li></ul><ul><li>One Manga: </li></ul><ul><li>The Anim é Café </li></ul><ul><li>RA_graphica and RA_genre_site on Delicious </li></ul>
  42. 42. Specialized genre web sites and blogs: Urban lit <ul><li>Urban lit: (see “Collection Development ‘Urban Fiction’: Streetwise Urban Fiction” by David Wright. Library Journal 7/15/2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Street Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Word on Street Lit” column in Library Journal </li></ul><ul><li>RA_urban and RA_genre_site on Delicious </li></ul>
  43. 43. RA for kids <ul><li>School Library Journal blogs, including Good Comics for kids ( ), A Fuse #8 Production ( and podcasts ), Nonfiction Matters ( ) and others </li></ul><ul><li>Sidekicks: </li></ul><ul><li>Just one more book: </li></ul><ul><li>Read Roger (Horn Book editor blog): </li></ul><ul><li>Tea Time (Annick Press blog): </li></ul><ul><li>Big A little a: </li></ul><ul><li>BookMoot: </li></ul><ul><li>Cynsations: </li></ul><ul><li>Livres Ouverts : Sélection de livres pour les jeunes: </li></ul><ul><li>RA_kids on Delicious </li></ul>
  44. 44. RA for teens <ul><li>No flying, no tights: (spinoffs: sidekicks and the link) </li></ul><ul><li>Orca Book Publishers Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>Turning the Paige: </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Rants! </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Reads </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>YALSA booklists </li></ul><ul><li>Flamingnet Book Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>RA_teens on Delicious </li></ul>
  45. 45. Online book clubs: TPL Book Buzz (see background reading article discussing process of creation of site) <ul><li>Pros of online book discussion group: </li></ul><ul><li>More time for in-depth analysis and discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Less pressure to participate (subscribe/unsubscribe freely) </li></ul><ul><li>Less time investment (no travel) </li></ul><ul><li>Participants are anonymous </li></ul><ul><li>No meetings </li></ul><ul><li>24/7 </li></ul><ul><li>Cons of online book discussion group: </li></ul><ul><li>Membership unpredictable </li></ul><ul><li>Less immediacy </li></ul><ul><li>Less social, emotional connection </li></ul><ul><li>Results of TPL survey </li></ul><ul><li>What they want to discuss: </li></ul><ul><li>78% fiction </li></ul><ul><li>High interest in non-fiction, mystery, biography </li></ul><ul><li>Moderate interest in sci-fi/fantasy, graphic books </li></ul><ul><li>Who they are: </li></ul><ul><li>76% female </li></ul><ul><li>40% age 18-35 </li></ul><ul><li>34% age 35-50 </li></ul><ul><li>18% age 50-65 </li></ul><ul><li>8% age 65+ </li></ul>
  46. 46. Online book clubs: Hennepin County Library: Bookspace <ul><li>“ Find a good book” leads to “If you like” search box as well as lists of databases and website resources </li></ul><ul><li>Reader-submitted lists! </li></ul><ul><li>Featured lists </li></ul><ul><li>What we’re reading (staff picks) </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Comments on site enabled </li></ul>
  47. 47. Twitter <ul><li>Kingston-Frontenac Public Library: </li></ul><ul><li>Cleveland Public Library: </li></ul><ul><li>Missouri River Regional Library: </li></ul><ul><li>RA_twitter_examples </li></ul>
  48. 48. Web sites for new trends in RA: R e a d - a l i k e s <ul><li>Westmount Public Library: Read-alikes </li></ul><ul><li>Eleanor London Cote St-Luc Public Library: Read-alikes </li></ul><ul><li>BPIM – Si vous avez aime… REP_SUGGESTIONS_LECTURE/REP_SI_VOUS_AIME/SI_VOUS_AIME </li></ul><ul><li>Hennepin County Library - If you like… author search </li></ul><ul><li>Waterloo Public Library: If you like… </li></ul><ul><li>Author Read-alikes: The Prince George Public Library (BC) </li></ul><ul><li>If You Like…. Christchurch City Libraries (NZ) </li></ul><ul><li>Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County – Readalikes </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Meadows Library – Readalikes </li></ul><ul><li>All Together Now - Read Alikes (mostly Juvenile/YA/crossover) </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks and book lists compiled by L622: Readers Advisory students in the SLIS program at Indiana University </li></ul><ul><li>RA_ read-alike on Delicious </li></ul>
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  50. 50. Web sites for new trends in RA: Reading Maps <ul><li>(a.k.a. reading paths) </li></ul><ul><li>PLA Reading Map presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Wordsworthy Reading Paths </li></ul><ul><li>Neal Wyatt Reading Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Westmount Public Library: Reading Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Background reading: tagged RA_background_reading on </li></ul><ul><li>“ Reading Maps Remake RA.” Library Journal 11/1/2006 </li></ul><ul><li>RA_ reading_map on Delicious </li></ul>
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  54. 54. Web sites for new trends in RA: reader profiles <ul><li>Eleanor London Cote St-Luc Public Library: Reader’s Roadmap </li></ul><ul><li>Patchogue-Medford Library: Reader's Advisory Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Markham Public Library Readers Resource: What to read next? </li></ul><ul><li>Williamsburg Regional Library System - go to saved copy of html </li></ul><ul><li>MGPL Webrary ® : Matchbook DIY </li></ul><ul><li>Background reading: tagged RA_background_reading on “Writing a Reader Profile; or, What I Like and Why” Booklist 10/1/2005 </li></ul><ul><li>RA_ reader_profile on Delicious </li></ul>
  55. 55. LibraryThing <ul><li>Free and (relatively) painless </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up and catalogue 200 books for free </li></ul><ul><li>Lifetime membership = $25 USD </li></ul><ul><li>Add it (,, library catalogues) </li></ul><ul><li>Scan your barcodes in! </li></ul><ul><li>Tag it! (subject, reminder, specific-to-you-tag) </li></ul><ul><li>Review it! </li></ul><ul><li>Make friends (and influence people… or at least their reading tastes!) </li></ul><ul><li>Follow it! (using RSS) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s the “love child of Melvil Dewey and Web 2.0!” </li></ul>
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  58. 58. LibraryThing-alikes <ul><li>Shelfari </li></ul><ul><li>BookRabbit </li></ul><ul><li>GoodReads </li></ul><ul><li>RA_book_social_networking on Delicious </li></ul>
  59. 59. Shelfari blog:
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  64. 64. <ul><li>Second Life Library on Info Island </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Library </li></ul><ul><li>SciFi In the Sky Skypod </li></ul><ul><li>Mystery Manor </li></ul>
  65. 65. <ul><li>Fahrenheit 451 2:23 The Big Read; Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>A Thousand Splendid Suns 3:14 ALDLive review by JoAnne Pulcino , Arapahoe Library Di s trict </li></ul><ul><li>American-Born Chinese 1:22 E lizabeth M c M unn ; MLIS San Jose State </li></ul><ul><li>A Fly on the Wall 2:10 Adriana; MLIS San Jose State </li></ul><ul><li>In the Company of the Courtesan 3:06 Topeka Library </li></ul>RA_video on Delicious
  66. 66. <ul><li> </li></ul>RA_video on Delicious
  67. 67. <ul><li>Teen Readers Danbury Teen Council The young readers at the Danbury Teen Council share a passion for the written word. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  68. 68. Arlington Heights Memorial Library LibVlog <ul><li>Video book trailers and author interviews posted on their website </li></ul><ul><li>Many are not made in-house but act as RA tools to other items in collection </li></ul>RA_video on Delicious
  69. 69. Start small…
  70. 70. Other resources tagged on Delicious <ul><li>RA_newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>RA_world </li></ul><ul><li>RA_listservs </li></ul><ul><li>RA_genre_listserv </li></ul><ul><li>RA_feeds </li></ul><ul><li>RA_wiki </li></ul>
  71. 71. <ul><li>RA_background_reading on Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>All items tagged OLA_2009 on Delicious </li></ul>Resource list(s)
  72. 72. Other recommended reading: The Bookaholics' Guide to Book Blogs <ul><li>Is the internet proving to be the arena of free speech that it promised?” </li></ul><ul><li>Chapters about why people blog and different types of blogs (booksellers, publishers, fans, “the literary establishment”, writers, etc.) </li></ul>Review from The Independent: &quot;Unless you're a blog fanatic, this book is bound to contain something you didn't know about -- some oddball site capable of yielding the kind of gem that'll make you think just as carefully as anything you'll find in print.&quot; Online review from The Complete Review: “ One weakness, however, is the almost complete absence of any sites outside the US and UK; the Canadian Bookninja slips in, but English-language sites from Australia and New Zealand, India, Malaysia, etc. are pretty much entirely ignored, not to mention any foreign-language sites.” (another) review from The Independent: &quot;Where it is flawed is in not giving more coverage to good author- and reader-blogs, dedicating space instead to more parochial blogs about publishing and retailing (although the bitchy agent Ms Snark merits a surf).
  73. 73. Thank you! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Contact me anytime: </li></ul><ul><li>Alexandra Yarrow , Librarian, Rideau Branch </li></ul><ul><li>Ottawa Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>