Let's Review Reviews

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One of the best opportunities in librarianship is writing book reviews. Writing book reviews is an easy method for starting an academic writing career. This activity also provides a venue for keeping up with current literature, whether leisure reading or for a particular collection. The speakers will provide some tips and insights into writing reviews since they are experienced in reviewing materials for Choice, Library Journal, and Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database.

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Let's Review Reviews

  1. 1. LET’S REVIEW REVIEWS Tina Chan & Brandon West Penfield Library, SUNY Oswego June 13, 2014
  2. 2. Today’s Session We will discuss:  The benefits of reviewing books  The process of getting your start as a book reviewer  Some of the basics involved with writing book reviews
  3. 3. About Us Reviewing Books:  Tina’s experience  Brandon’s experience
  4. 4. Perks of Being a Book Reviewer Benefits:  Professional  Personal CC By SPDP
  5. 5. Where to Find Review Opportunities  Ask your colleagues  Library listservs  Social media - follow publishers, other professionals  Publisher websites  Professional organizations
  6. 6. The Review Cycle Receive Review Assignment Read/Review Book Write Review – Edit, Revise, Rewrite Submit Review to Editor
  7. 7. Write the Right Way  Review the publication agreement  Take notes as you read the book  Justify your rationale with specific information from the text  Write an initial draft and revise it  Proofread – Ask a colleague/mentor to read it
  8. 8. Resources for Getting Started  Start a personal blog with book reviews  Choice Magazine  Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database  Library Journal  ARLIS/NA - Art Libraries Society of North America  Booklist  School Library Journal  Journal of Library Innovation
  9. 9. Questions?
  10. 10. Thank You Tina Chan - tina.chan[at]oswego.edu Brandon West - brandon.west[at]oswego.edu

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