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Brain Snack: Selection Tips & Tricks for Adult Collections . December 12, 2008 Jean Anderson, SCLS. Typical Selection Tools. Booklist Library Journal Publishers Weekly http://www.scls.info/ce/index.html Bookmarks http://www.bookmarksmagazine.com/. Newspapers & Magazines.

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typical selection tools
Typical Selection Tools
  • Booklist
  • Library Journal
  • Publishers Weekly
    • http://www.scls.info/ce/index.html
  • Bookmarks
    • http://www.bookmarksmagazine.com/
newspapers magazines
Newspapers & Magazines
  • Your local paper
  • People, NYT, Wall Street Journal
  • Oprah, Better Homes & Gardens
  • And many more!
databases
Databases
  • NoveList
    • An excellent RA tool
    • Has Book Club information
    • Review source, too
  • EBSCO and ProQuest
    • Create an alert for book reviews or journals
    • http://support.epnet.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?faq=1286
    • http://proquest.umi.com/i-std/en/lcd/alerts/alerts.htm
blogs and web sites
Blogs and Web sites
  • LibraryThing
  • Amazon
  • Publisher’s sites
  • Genre web sites – just a sample
    • The Mystery Reader
    • The Romance Reader
    • The SF Site
    • Western Authors
bibliographies
Bibliographies
  • Make Mine a Mystery
  • Read on… Fantasy Fiction
    • many others in this series
  • Book Lust and More Book Lust
  • Fiction Catalog
  • Public Library Catalog
  • All available from SCLS Professional Collection
best and best seller lists
“Best” and Best Seller Lists
  • RUSA Notable Books List
  • RUSA: The Reading List
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Amazon Top Sellers
  • Many other year end lists from various sources
  • Don’t Miss Lists (on LINKcat)
and more
And More!
  • Prize winners
    • Pulitzer, Booker, National Book Award
  • Customer or Patron requests
    • Do you have a way for your patrons to request books?
  • Book clubs and reading guides
    • Reading Group Guides
    • Reading Group Choices
    • Oprah
    • Your local book clubs – what are they reading?
keeping up
Keeping up
  • Baker & Taylor
    • Automatically Yours (for Fiction)
    • Continuation Services (for Nonfiction)
  • Standing Orders
  • Catalogs – only keep those you really use and toss the rest
blogs
Blogs
  • Madison Public Library blogs & more
    • MADreads
    • BookLetters
    • http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/booklists/index.html
  • EarlyWord – the Publisher/Librarian Connection
  • The Tech Static
and more blogs
And more blogs
  • Bookreporter.com
    • The blog from ReadingGroupGuides.com
  • Book club girl
  • Reader’s Advisor Online
  • Any others to add to the list?
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Tips
  • Read, read, read
  • Talk, talk, talk
  • Read out of your comfort zone
  • Subscribe to some blogs
    • It will save you time in the long run
    • Coming in January – program on using a blog reader and subscribing to them
what tips tricks to you have
What tips & tricks to you have?
  • How do you keep up?
  • What sources to you regularly use?
  • Do you have standing orders or an automatic shipping plan?
  • Simplify your ordering process
    • Track an order from start to finish and see how the process can be simplified or changed
thanks

Thanks!

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