Readers’ Advisory Tools: Focus on the 49th Shelf

With Christmas on the horizon (tomorrow, already!?), I’ve been thinking a lot lately about “shopping local.” I prefer to find unique gifts at craft fairs by local artisans and businesses. I should also apply the notion of “shopping local” to readers advisory at my library. It’s always great when I can support a Canadian author, illustrator, or publisher by recommending a Canadian book to a patron. The 49th Shelf helps me to do just that.

Thanks to the 49th Shelf for use of their logo.

Thanks to the 49th Shelf for use of their logo.

What is the 49th Shelf? A website, blog, Facebook account, and Twitter account that promotes discovery, discussion, and celebration of Canadian books. “The 49th Shelf is a project of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP), in partnership with the Canadian Publisher’s Council, and it has received significant development funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). Amazon.ca is the lead sponsor for the project for 2012.”—49th Shelf

What can you do?

  • Browse users’ lists and recommended reading such as “Holiday Books from Atlantic Canada
  • Browse by category and author
  • Create your own book-lists and reviews
  • Contribute to the “Read Local” Map by pinning a book on it
  • Win samples of new releases and enter contests
  • Subscribe to monthly newsletter
  • Read author interviews
  • Listen to podcasts

The 49th Shelf reaches out to librarians in particular. In their words, the 49th Shelf is

“An online resource that makes it easier for you to discover and sort Canadian titles by theme, peer feedback, reading level, and/or curriculum linkage. You can make lists based on your discoveries. You can also compare your choices against other librarians or teachers, ask their advice if you’d like, and pass title selections to colleagues for review or ordering.”

Questions that I can’t answer? Email hello@49thshelf.com for more info

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays! Check back in January for more blog postings.

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