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Twitter is a Boon to Readers’ Advisory

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My newest Readers’ Advisory discovery is Twitter. Specifically, the useful (and amusing) feeds written by library, publisher, author, and reviewer industry types. Yes, joining this platform in the dying days of 2012 means that I am very late to this social media game. However, since its launch in 2006, Twitter has matured and solidified into a much more organized game to join.

I have been surveying the landscape, sifting through the many “Best Of” Twitter lists (Thank you Mashable for this list of authors with great feeds and Media Bistro for their best book reviewers on Twitter) and noting that Twitter has become a natural habitat for many authors.

In follower mode, Twitter provides me with book recommendations, links to reviews and can be used as a collection development tool. By contributing my thoughts and opinions, I can extend my promotion of books beyond the patrons at my library, my family and friends. I like the sharing of common interests across Twitter by using hashtags (an ever-changing user-driven taxonomy allowing you to tag a topic or search for one.) Some bookish hashtags to follow or contribute to include:


The National Reading Campaign‘s simple query #whatdidyoureadtoday garnered over 10,000 replies. While their contest has wrapped up, the conversation continues.

The Librarian Favorites, 2012 was a collaborative Twitter voting system. Hundreds of librarians tweeted close to 700 votes for their favourite 12 titles of 2012. Over 400 titles were recommended and the top three are: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
and Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. The Early Word provided a spreadsheet of the complete listof librarian picks.

Other Reader’s Advisory possibilities for Twitter include using your library’s Twitter account for author reading promotion, developing networks for future event planning as well as taking the opportunity to understand and engage with understanding and engaging with readers.

For more on how to use Twitter for Reader’s Advisory take a look at this presentation on Twitter for Reader’s Advisory by Vassiliki Veros from New South Wales.

Are you on Twitter? Comments on using Twitter for RA purposes from newbies and experts are welcome!

You can find me @TaraMatsuzaki.

Book Blogs

One of life’s biggest tragedies has to be the fact that we are not able to read every book we’d like to. In fact, we can’t even come close.

I’m constantly doing “book triage” with the multiple holds that come in all at once. I know you can relate. For example, right now I must decide between Junot Diaz’s new book, two Booker Prize finalists, Alix Ohlin’s Inside, Emily Schultze’s The Blondes, and The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, by Shani Boianjiu – not to mention the two professional tomes I really should be reading. Sound familiar?

Because of this conundrum, I have found several book blogs exceedingly helpful in staying abreast of the buzz around certain titles I just can’t get to, and I’m going to share them here:


 The Early Word Blog: This blog’s tagline reads the publisher librarian connection, and I find it invaluable for keeping up to date on what’s new and buzzworthy in fiction, nonfiction and YA. The posts are snappy, short and dense with info. The blog’s major downfall is that it is very U.S. centric.  If you only bookmark or subscribe to one of these blogs, I’d suggest you make it this one.


Flavorwire’s and Vulture’s Book Sections: These are not traditional blogs, but you can subscribe to their Books feeds. These blogs are where I go for quirky publishing anecdotes and interesting news about literature and authors, with a decidedly pop culturish bent. I use them more for inspiration for my own blog posts, as well as a good source to find fun things to re-post on my library’s Facebook page, usually along with a question to engage fans.


Quill and Quire’s Quillblog: Lots of Canadian-centric book, library and publishing info. Also includes roundups of local literary events in various Canadian cities.


Reading Matters and KevinfromCanada blogs: Book reviews of mainly new releases with a Canadian bent. Right now, these two bloggers are engaged in the Shadow Giller Jury, an unofficial group of Canadian book bloggers who announce their own Giller winner the night before the awards ceremony. Sounds fun, right?

CBC Book Portal: Also not a traditional book blog, but you can add the book portal to your RSS feed and get regular post updates. I find many of the reviews of recently published Canadian fiction helpful.


So what did I miss? What are your favourite book blogs?

— Heidi Schiller


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