Sunday, January 29, 2012

Novel Resources: Library Booklists Online

There are a lot of books out there - facing the shelves can be a daunting task for the browser. Librarians like booklists in this situation, whether it be book awards or readalikes.  It's a handy way to find similar titles or books about the same topic.
ABC Libraries' webpage has a LibGuide of booklists compiled by staff for adults & teens.  There are genre booklists, like mystery & horror, some non-fiction, New Mexico authors, & multicultural booklists.  There are also Monster Mashups & Sherlock Holmes Universe LibGuides.

Other resources I have found handy on the web include: the Library Booklists site, which consists of four sections: original booklists on various topics, primarily but not entirely focused on themes, places, characters, and plots of crime novels; annotated lists of other booklists, primarily but not entirely focused on fiction, for adults, kids, and teens; a growing calendar of authors' birthdates, organised by month, with links; and some resources for reading groups (discussion questions, recommended books, how to start a group, etc.); the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is featuring entertaining-looking lists such as "Apocalist Booklypse" ; Springfield City Library includes a variety of lists, from Christian fiction to a Job-Seekers booklist; the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Massachusetts has an impressive selection of mystery booklists; & St Charles Public Library has a whole section of Great Outdoors lists.  Library websites are generally good resources for booklists of all kinds!

Other library resources you might want to check out include Staff Picks pages (Cherry Hills Library & Erna Fergusson Library have these).  Also,  Cherry Hills offers a "Read-A-Likes For You" services on their Staff Picks page- just fill out a quick survey to receive a librarian recommendation for your nexy read!  The Seattle Public Library offers this service as well, if you have a Seattle library card.

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