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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Readers, Writers, Books, and Blogs Presentation

Today I am finally getting around to reposting Rebecca Vnuk ad Karen Kleckner Keefe’s presentation on the best blogs for RA librarians.

I love this program, and not just because Rebecca and Karen are some of my dearest library friends and not because I am listed twice [although those are very good reasons], but because it is the only place where we, the public library workers who help leisure readers each and every day, can go to find the most relevant blogs for us.

So much of the book-centric blog-o-sphere is publisher and book store centered. This presentation is led by library people for library people. And these women are straight shooters. If the blog is listed here it is because it is well done and useful.

Please use the link to watch the presentation AND make sure you save the handout because these are all sites you will use.

For the original post from Booklist Online, click here.

Readers, Writers, Books, and Blogs.

Vnuk, Rebecca (author).

FEATURE.  First published April 13, 2015 (Booklist Online).
How to ReadWhile working on a “Library 2.0” initiative in 2008, I was shocked to find virtually no one on staff followed any library blogs. Karen Kleckner Keefe and I had just created the Shelf Renewal blog, and as we were getting the word out, we realized that not many librarians were investing their time following blogs. So we created a “virtual tour” of about 50 different library or book-related blogs, “Readers, Writers, Books, and Blogs.” We have presented this program at various library conferences over the past six years (we’ve dropped some blogs and added others), and the most recent update was videotaped at the RAILS offices here in Illinois. You can view the session on YouTube, and the handout appears below.

Readers, Writers, Books, and Blogs  
Presented by Karen Kleckner Keefe and Rebecca Vnuk for Booklistand RAILS, February 26, 2015.

The Booklist Readerhttp://www.booklistreader.com 
Early Wordhttp://www.earlyword.com 
Library Readshttp://libraryreads.org 
Entertainment Weeklyhttp://www.ew.com/books 
Men Reading Bookshttp://menreadingbooks.blogspot.com 
No Shelf Requiredhttp://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired 
Book Riothttp://bookriot.com 
The Millionshttp://www.themillions.com

Nathan Bransfordhttp://blog.nathanbransford.com

Readers’ Advisory
RA for Allhttp://raforall.blogspot.com 
Reader’s Advisor Onlinehttp://www.readersadvisoronline.com/blog 
Blogging for a Good Bookhttp://bfgb.wordpress.com 
Lesa’s Book Critiqueshttp://lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com 


Romance and Women’s Fiction
Smart Bitches Trashy Bookshttp://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com 
Liz and Lisa (formerly Chick Lit Is Not Dead): http://www.lizandlisa.com/blog
Smexy Bookshttp://smexybooks.com 

Historical Fiction
Reading the Pasthttp://readingthepast.blogspot.com 

RA for All: Horrorhttp://raforallhorror.blogspot.com 

Graphic Novels 
Comics Worth Readinghttp://comicsworthreading.com 
No Flying, No Tightshttp://noflyingnotights.com 

The Rap Sheethttp://therapsheet.blogspot.com 
Cozy Mystery Listhttp://www.cozy-mystery.com 
In Reference to Murderhttp://inreferencetomurder.typepad.com 
Stop You’re Killing Mehttp://www.stopyourekillingme.com 

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Wicked Lil Pixiehttp://wickedlilpixie.com 
SF Signalhttp://www.sfsignal.com 
Locus Onlinehttp://www.locusmag.com 

Forever Young Adulthttp://www.foreveryoungadult.com 
Guys Lit Wirehttp://guyslitwire.blogspot.com 
The Hubhttp://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub 

Overall Book Nerdery 
Kent District Library’s What’s Nexthttp://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnext.asp
ShelfAwareness:   http://www.shelf-awareness.com 
Flashlight Worthyhttp://www.flashlightworthybooks.com 

That Stack of Bookshttp://www.thehouseofpodcasts.com/that-stack-of-books
Books on the Nightstandhttp://booksonthenightstand.com 
New Yorker Fiction Podcasthttp://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner
Selected Shorts:   http://www.selectedshorts.org 
Slate’s Audio Book Clubhttp://www.slate.com/articles/arts/the_audio_book_club.html 
Circulating Ideashttp://circulatingideas.com/ 

Master Listhttp://mashable.com/2014/03/13/tumblrs-for-readers 
Maud Newtonhttp://maudnewton.tumblr.com


Devi said...

I read this post on Digg Reader which I started using because of this presentation and because I needed a way to keep all these great blogs (most of which I hadn't been following, many I hadn't heard of) separate from he non-library ones so I could look at them at work. Wow, that was a long sentence!

That was a great presentation. Not only did they know their stuff, they loved it! It made me realize I'd been depending too much on journals for reviews and how much I've slipped in keeping up with what's popular and books outside of my personal and professional interests. I'm hoping to talk a bit about this presentation (and share the handout) at a staff meeting soon.

BV Lawson said...

Thanks very much for including my blog on your listing! I'm in very good company, as there are many fine blogs on your roster. My librarian-mother would also approve. ;-)