Have you heard about the exciting new reading initiative, LibraryReads? Want to learn more about how librarians and publishers are working together on a readers'-advisory list curated by library staff? This issue's "Notes from the Field" interview features Robin Nesbitt of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, one of the original steering committee members for LibraryReads. And speaking of readers' advisory, John Schoppert shows us how one of his favorite authors, Nick Hornby, just happens to be a pretty good readers' advisor as well ("Nick Hornby, Readers' Advisor").
"Weeding Tips" is on hiatus this issue, but we have a fantastic new regular feature, "RA Showcase," that will highlight a reading list or display from various libraries. You're all out there creating these great read-alike lists and displays for your patrons; here's your chance to show them off to your fellow librarians! If you'd like to see your library featured in "RA Showcase," or if you are interested in contributing an article on readers' advisory or collection management to Corner Shelf, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This issue's contribution, "RA Showcase: Armchair Travel," from the Portage (MI) District Library takes us to the South of France.
Every year, the October 15 print issue of Booklist celebrates first novels, so to go along with that theme, check out "Great Reads: One and Done?" a list of novelists who haven't yet delivered a follow-up to their debuts. This issue also features a look at how Baker & Taylor's A/V program offers personalized collection development ("At the Corner of Baker & Taylor").
As always, I want to know what you'd like to read about in Corner Shelf. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
—Rebecca Vnuk, Editor, Reference and Collection Management, Booklist
by John Schoppert
"Read anything, as long as you can't wait to pick it up again," says Nick Hornby in his book, Housekeeping vs. the Dirt (2006). Good advice for those seeking their next great read. But discovering new books and old favorites can turn into quite the treasure hunt, given the many options available. There are numerous websites, blogs, and magazines all vying for your attention, and all of them do a good job of filling a need in the book-review landscape. But finding that special book guide that speaks to your passions is sometimes elusive. If you visit a local library or bookstore, you have the option of knowledgeable staff offering suggestions, and if you're a regular, they'll get to know your tastes and preferences. But sometimes we like to deepen our relationship with reading, and we look toward books about books to satisfy that craving.
by Rebecca Vnuk
First Novelists Who Haven't Given Us Second Helpings (at Least, Not Yet)
Everyone knows that Harper Lee quit the business after publishing her first and only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. And, despite their fame, we only heard once from Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind), Emily Brontë (Wuthering Heights), and Ralph Ellison (The Invisible Man). (Ellison's never-finished second novel was published in portions as Juneteenth and Three Days before the Shooting.) Debut authors naturally generate a lot of buzz—but what about those first timers who never give us a second chance to savor their talents? The following books are the only children of their authors, who, for one reason or another didn't deliver a follow-up, at least not yet. While one of the authors is no longer with us, it's possible that we are just still waiting on others to finish—heck, Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch, 2013) takes 10 years between each book, and many people thought she was going to be a one-hit wonder herself.
by Rebecca Vnuk
If you have anything to do with readers' advisory, you need to know about LibraryReads, the fantastic new collaboration between librarians and publishers that offers a top-10 list of new books that real-world librarians are reading, enjoying, and promoting to their patrons. Robin Nesbitt, branch manager at the Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library, is one of the originators of the project, and she took the time recently to talk with me about her career, her library, and her hopes for LibraryReads.
Rebecca: Tell us a little about yourself and your position.
Robin: I am currently the manager of the Hilliard Branch at Columbus Metropolitan Library. I have presented at the Public Library Association conference about technical services efficiencies and have been a regular presenter on Library Journal's "Digital Shift" online web conference and at BEA's "Librarian Shout & Share." I'm also active online—on the second Tuesday of every month, I host a chat on the library's Facebook page, where we talk about great reads; I regularly blog about great titles; and you can follow me on Twitter @CML_RobinReads. I am also a member of the steering committee that launched LibraryReads this fall.
At the Corner of Baker & Taylor: Experienced
Baker & Taylor Team Offers Personal Touch to Build A/V Collections
RA Showcase: Armchair Travel
Nick Hornby, Readers' Advisor
Notes from the Field: Robin Nesbitt and the LibraryReads Project
Great Reads: One and Done?
Baker & Taylor Best-Sellers
Experienced Baker & Taylor Team Offers Personal Touch to Build A/V Collections
by Rob Erdmann
Think about what you value when you go shopping. You want to go somewhere with a wide selection, reasonable prices, and customer service that helps you find what you're seeking. The same is true when libraries build their collections: they often want help navigating through the many available choices and finding the titles that match their needs.
Fortunately, Baker & Taylor has the expertise to work closely with libraries to help them find the materials they want while also having the industry experience to offer a wide selection, at affordable prices.
Look, for example, at audio/visual materials. Few categories tend to circulate as well as DVDs, CDs, and spoken-word audio. Having a robust A/V collection is a valuable service to your community and helps draw new patrons through your doors. But there are so many choices: classics, children's content, documentaries, new releases, to say nothing of the many musical genres. How do you make sure your purchases are relevant to your patrons, integrated into your workflow, and fit within your budget?
Here is where Baker & Taylor's A/V professionals can help. Their dedicated Scene & Heard team—which includes buyers, catalogers, salespeople, and processing professionals—focuses exclusively on helping libraries improve their A/V collections and operate more efficiently. It's an experienced team: the Collection Development staff has an average of 13 years of experience in A/V and/or libraries, and their sales professionals average more than 20 years.
by Rebecca Vnuk
So many libraries are putting together fantastic book lists, displays, and reading guides. In this new Corner Shelf feature, we'll be taking a look at the offerings of various libraries, linking back to the original library list. If you have a read-alike list or display that you'd like to see showcased here, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Outside the Book" is a new monthly display at the Portage (MI) District Library. The display area and lists bring together materials from several areas of the library's collections under the banner of an entertaining theme. Librarian Nicolette Warisse Sosulski shares one of her favorite recent displays below.
Top-selling books at Baker & Taylor in October for teens, children, and adults.
Top Titles for Teens
- The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater
- Smoke, by Ellen Hopkins
- United We Spy, by Ally Carter
- Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
- The Private School Murders, by James Patterson / Maxine Paetro
- Battle of the Ampere, by Richard Paul Evans
- Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin, by Anthony Horowitz
- Frozen, by Melissa De la Cruz / Michael Johnston
- Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein
- Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson
Top Titles for Children
- The House of Hades, by Rick Riordan
- Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo / K. G. Campbell (ILT)
- The Golden Statue Plot, by Geronimo Stilton
- Fortunately, The Milk, by Neil Gaiman / Skottie Young (ILT)
- How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad!, by Jane Yolen / Mark Teague (ILT)
- The Year of Billy Miller, by Kevin Henkes
- Mr. Putter & Tabby Drop the Ball, by Cynthia Rylant / Arthur Howard (ILT)
- Train, by Elisha Cooper
- Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow, by David Soman / Jacky Davis
- Mr. Wuffles!, by David Wiesner
Top Titles for Adults
- Gone, by James Patterson / Michael Ledwidge
- The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
- Deadline, by Sandra Brown
- Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
- Thankless in Death, by J. D. Robb
- The Final Cut, by Catherine Coulter / J. T. Ellison
- Silencing Eve, by Iris Johansen
- Storm Front, by John Sandford
- Doing Hard Time, by Stuart Woods
- The October List, by Jeffery Deaver