And for the final word in 2009 Best Lists, here is one of the most useful lists for public librarians, Library Journal's Most Borrowed Titles of 2009 List.
In terms of RA training, as a public librarian, make sure you are familiar with all 30 titles. This does not mean you have to have read all of them, but AT LEAST, know what each is about. Also, think about readalikes for these titles, assess how their popularity affects your collection development, and be aware of what these authors are doing.
For example, Kathryn Stockett, author of the number 15 most borrowed book in 2009, The Help, is heavily promoting a new title out today, The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. Scroll down for an interview Kathryn Stockett did for Amazon with Sarah Blake.
You need to know this because your patrons who liked Stockett's debut novel (and there are a lot of them, including me), will be asking for Blake's novel. Since The Postmistress is brand new, you may not have your readalike lists ready, but don't worry. For now, your The Help readalike lists should help you to suggest other books for your patrons while they wait for The Postmistress. (Our system already has 69 holds on 35 copies)
Don't have a prepared readalike list for The Help? Even though you should by now, click here, here, here, and here for help. (pun intended)
ALA Reading List Horror Winners - I posted all of the genre winners on the general blog here. Below is the horror winner, readalikes for that winner, and the short list. I have reviews of a...
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