Inside Dewey Divas and Dudes

Earlier this month I got to hunker down for a day with the new Library Bound hotlist. I don’t know about you… but I savour this time of year. Dark chocolate mocha in one hand, red pen ready to circle titles in another, and my Goodreads account open to absorb the avalanche of all the new titles I manically assume I’ll have the time to read. One of the things I always look for in the hotlist is the Dewey Divas and Dudes endorsement. If the title was on their recent list, I always purchase.

This led me to wonder more about the Dewey D&Ds. Who are they exactly? What are they all about? Earlier this week, I chatted with Dewey Diva Saffron Beckwith from Ampersand Inc. to find out.

According to Saffron, the Dewey D&Ds are a loose affiliation of publishing reps who create semi-annual book lists of new, mainly non-bestseller-type titles they love, and present them to librarians through dynamic book talks.

Saffron said the reps love working with libraries, and that there is a lot of fun and passion involved in their Dewey D&D work. “We hear time and again that we are a highlight of programming for libraries,” she said.

The group has been recognized for its work, too – in 2009 they were awarded an OLA Readers’ Advisory Award, and CBC listed them as one of the top 10 book blogs in Canada in 2010.

The group has begun experimenting with web conferences for communities who are far away, like a recent webinar presentation they did for Sudbury Public Library. It’s something we may want to consider for BC, as the divas and dudes pay all their own travel expenses and find our province a bit pricey travel-wise.

For more info on the Dewey Divas and Dudes, as well as their most recent book lists, check out their website.

The Dewey Divas and Dudes accept OLA’s award for Leadership in Adult Readers’ Advisory.

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–Heidi Schiller

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