When recommending books to readers, I consult a variety of sources including:
- Goodreads Lists and Reviews
- Websites such as OurStory and Diverse Book Finder
- School Library Journal, Booklist, and other professional review guides
- Award winning book lists
- Personal experience
I keep track of my reading experiences through my personal Goodreads account. I tag each book I have read by genre, age, and format to easily find books at a later time. Select shelves can be found at the links below:
- Age: Fourth Grade
- Format: Graphic Novel
- Point of View: Male
- Storytime Favorites
- Strong Female Leads
I am in charge of reviewing six areas of Westerville Library’s youth collection, including graphic novels, juvenile chapter books, first chapter books, and three non-fiction sections. I regularly review each of these areas for books in poor condition and more thoroughly review every book in each section once a year. Books are pulled from the collection due to poor circulation, poor condition, outdated content, or inaccurate information.
While I do not make final purchase decisions, I send new book and replacement book recommendations to the youth collection development librarian weekly.
I regularly refill our youth book displays and create display themes.
In addition to collection promotion through displays, I also promote the collection and perform readers’ advisory services through bookmarks and posters as well as via book lists through our summer reading software, READSquared.