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ERIC Number: EJ804652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-15
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
"Redefining RA": The RA Tool Kit
Wyatt, Neal
Library Journal, v133 n11 p42-45 Jun 2008
No one likes being two steps behind, and the fastest way to fall off the pace is by not keeping up with major titles and hot authors. Fortunately, there are numerous resources, both prepublication and postpublication, that can help. It is best when readers' advisory (RA) librarians know what is coming out months ahead of time--in order to think about read-alikes and read-arounds, consider possible display ideas, and be ready when patrons start to ask for a particular title. Pay special attention to the prepub coverage in library review journals as well as their special book announcement issues. "Library Journal," "Publishers Weekly," and "Kirkus" also each devote some coverage to BEA (BookExpo America; May 30-June 1, 2008, in Los Angeles), publishing's huge trade show, where the big books of the fall are featured. It is a fast way to get an overview of the season. For ongoing updates of both pre- and postpublication titles, find a site that tracks big releases fairly frequently. Two to consider are "Publisher Weekly's" on-sale calendar and the "Coming Soon" section of Each provides information far enough in advance that it can really help one stay on top of the popular authors. Presented in weekly ("Coming Soon") and monthly ("Publisher's Weekly") formats, these tools will ensure that librarians are never surprised by the next Dean Koontz or David Sedaris title.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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