5 Websites for Librarians to Keep Up With Literary Trends

Most librarians I know love to read – but even for the most avid reader it can be a struggle to keep up with the hottest literature. Being apprised of all the latest book crazes – or as least as much as possible – makes all the difference in a librarian’s or aspiring librarian’s  reader’s advisory skills. Much of the time, reluctant readers just haven’t discovered the “right” book. Being aware of what is currently out there and popular is the best way to recommend books and select them for your collection.

The following websites are very helpful tools for maintaining a working knowledge of literary trends:

  1. Library Reads

Each month, librarians across the country submit nominees and then vote on their favorite books released in the last 30 days. The result is a wonderful list of titles that are very recent and range from adult fiction, teen fiction, graphic novels, and even books of short stories. Useful for yourself and your library career!

2. Edelweiss

Sign up for an account and you’ll be granted access to every publisher’s catalog – some stretching as far as summer 2016. You’ll be able to browse children, adult, and teen publications from the recent past and future, making ordering and reading lists extremely easy. Bonus – you can request digital downloads from publishers of certain titles that can be sent straight to your e-reader.

3. Goodreads

If you haven’t joined this site yet, you’re missing out. Read user reviews on nearly any book you can fathom, rate and review titles yourself, enter giveaways, browse lists of related titles or compile release lists. Goodreads often has titles posted far in advance of any professional trade journal.

4. Library Journal’s PrePub Alert

Subscribe to their weekly e-mail or visit this website for information on the hottest yet-to-be-released titles across the board. This site saves you time by gathering all in one place the books guaranteed to go flying off the shelves.

5. Book Browse

Find book news, recent releases, upcoming releases, read-a-likes, and lists by theme on this useful site.