Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Library Journal Updates Reviews!

This should help when all we have time to do is skim

RA Run Down via The Reader's Advisor Online Blog by Cindy Orr on 6/7/09

Library Journal Reviews Add “Verdicts”In response to requests from librarians that LJ reviews be aimed not only at selectors, but at the public as well, Library Journal has decided to drop the terminology they’ve used for decades in favor of something more user friendly. You’ve seen it for years: “recommended for larger collections,” etc. Instead, each reviewer will give their “verdict” on the book at the end of the review. Now LJ is asking for comments on the new format. Here is the example given by Beth Anderson of Ann Arbor District Library on the book The Idea of Love by Louise Dean: “Readers who devoured Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge will feel right at home with Dean’s blindingly honest portrayal of characters so deeply flawed they practically need surgery.”

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