As I have mentioned before, I am on the steering committee for the Adult Reading Round Table, a group of RAs in Northern Illinois who help librarians provide better service to leisure readers. After hosting Nora Rawlinson, the editor of the blog Early Word, at a program in March, ARRT is working with Ms. Rawlinson to start a wiki for its members to use to write reviews on advance reader copies of books that will be coming out soon.
Click here to see the wiki.
Anyone can view the wiki, but it is only available to members to add to the content. If you are an ARRT member, go here to sign up.
This new wiki serves two purposes. First, it allows interested librarians to preview upcoming titles and present early reviews for our colleagues. Second, this wiki is meant to serve as a place for the members of ARRT to practice using a wiki and incorporating this technology into their work with leisure readers.
It is important for librarians to stay up to date with the newest technology. Our patrons are using it and expect us to incorporate it into our services. The La Grange Public Library just finished a similar technology training with their staff here.
How do you keep up to date? Even if you aren't involved with the two groups mentioned in this post, take a look at what they are doing and try some of it on your own.
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