Tara Matsuzaki and Heidi Schiller lead this session and began by sharing some of their favourite bookmarking sites when it comes to Readers’ Advisory. Of those mentioned were Library Thing, Fantastic Fiction, Amazon, Good Reads, and NoveList. These sites are so wonderful because they harness crowd-sourcing and have users create lists and tags as well as containing the more traditional booklists and read-alike tools.
When it comes to promoting readers’ advisory Tara and Heidi were big fans of:
- NextReads e-newsletters which allow patrons to sign up for monthly booklists based on their favourite genres.
- North Vancouver City Library’s blog The Top Shelf is an excellent example of a blog which has short chunks of information and is visually appealing. It features Community Reader Profiles which connect community members to the library through a peek at their favourite reads.
- Many libraries are beginning to use Pinterest which allows them to create visually delightful booklists with cover images and short reviews and link them all back to their catalogue.
- While BiblioCommons is not new to some, it has real value in terms of integrating the catalogue with what is referred to as the “social discovery layer.”
- Facebook continues to be a place for librarians to be where their users are, promote readers’ advisory resources or services like Seattle Public Library’s Your Next 5 Books.