To that end, two resources have recently come to my attention that I feel are worth your time.
I have talked about Shelf Renewal before, but one of the best features Rebecca and Karen run is their weekly "Web Crush," where they highlight websites that they find useful when helping readers. This past week Rebecca put Rhapsody in Books in the spotlight, calling it:
one of those great, personable book review sites. Jill and Jim are “two professionals who like to write and teach.” Filled with over 375 book reviews across all genres and age ranges, you’re sure to find a book of interest here.I used Rhapsody in Books to help a reader at the desk yesterday and will continue to monitor it via RSS feed. Thanks Rebecca.
As often as I use my various RSS feeds to keep me informed of "new-to-me" resources, I
also find out about great resources the old fashioned way...by talking to my fellow librarians. Case in point is the email I received yesterday from a former student, friend, and fellow librarian, Madeline at the Deerfield (IL) Public Library. She pointed me to Comic Crits via a twitter post.
Comic Crits is run by John Bonner, an artist and book lover who draws comic reviews of the books he reads. Here is his review of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. Bonner just started this month; there are only 4 comics/reviews, but what I like is that he seems to be a reader who reads across genres. The site is worth keeping an eye on.
So, this post is both a report on two resources I have recently discovered, but also a reminder. We should be monitoring websites for new information all of the time, but let's also not forget how important it is to share information amongst ourselves. Librarians are known for how well we share information. So when you find something new...pass it on.