Librarians' Secret Weapons
Published on Monday, August 6, 2012 - 11:07am
Have you ever wondered how librarians keep track of news, trends and changes in the book world?
How we recommend books and other materials to a diverse community day after day?
Well, the truth is that we have a few secret weapons to help us in our mission. Some of these are professional resources that are difficult to access without a subscription, but most are publicly available resources that are just waiting for you to discover them.
In this series, I'll introduce you to some of the resources that help us make your day.
Secret Weapon of the Day: EarlyWord
This website bills itself as "the publisher-librarian connection"; it's designed to help publishers market their books more effectively to librarians and to help librarians share their feedback with publishers. However, it has a lot to offer the general book lover as well.
For example, are you curious about which books are being made into movies in the upcoming months? You'll find the answer in the "Movies and TV Based on Books" sidebar, on the right about halfway down the page--there's often a link to the movie trailer as well.
In addition, the site provides an informative mix of articles on various book-related topics. Recent articles have included book picks by Costco book buyer Pennie Clark Ianniciello (she recommends the canine mystery Dog on It by Spencer Quinn), speculation about the upcoming film of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, and an appreciation of recently-deceased Irish writer Maeve Binchy.
Trying to remember the name of that book you heard about on NPR? Under "Consumer Media Book Coverage" there is a section for "Radio and TV," which contains NPR's most recent stories on books, as well as book news from "The Today Show," "The Colbert Report" and more.
That's just scratching the surface of what EarlyWord can do--from features on hot new titles to book award lists to publishers' upcoming catalogs, the site is something of a one-stop shop for books and fully earns its status as a librarian's secret weapon.