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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 Reader 
Early Word 
Library Reads 
Entertainment Weekly 
Men Reading Books 
No Shelf Required 
Book Riot 
The Millions

Nathan Bransford

Readers’ Advisory
RA for All 
Reader’s Advisor Online 
Blogging for a Good Book 
Lesa’s Book Critiques 


Romance and Women’s Fiction
Smart Bitches Trashy Books 
Liz and Lisa (formerly Chick Lit Is Not Dead):
Smexy Books 

Historical Fiction
Reading the Past 

RA for All: Horror 

Graphic Novels 
Comics Worth Reading 
No Flying, No Tights 

The Rap Sheet 
Cozy Mystery List 
In Reference to Murder 
Stop You’re Killing Me 

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Wicked Lil Pixie 
SF Signal 
Locus Online 

Forever Young Adult 
Guys Lit Wire 
The Hub 

Overall Book Nerdery 
Kent District Library’s What’s Next
Flashlight Worthy 

That Stack of Books
Books on the Nightstand 
New Yorker Fiction Podcast
Selected Shorts: 
Slate’s Audio Book Club 
Circulating Ideas 

Master List 
Maud Newton


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. ;-)