Appendix B: Librarian Networking and Training
Librarians network with publishers, reviewers and other librarians through NetGalley and Edelweiss (Above the Treeline), free online services that connect to publishers’ catalogs and provide librarians with advance reading copies of some titles. These services provide librarians the opportunity to submit reviews, annotations, or blurb comments that publishers can use for promoting their titles to readers.
Librarians can also use these services for submitting votes to LibraryReads, the monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction. Our goal is to help connect librarians’ favorite books to as many readers as possible, while drawing upon the incredible power that public library staff has in helping to build word-of-mouth for new books, and the important role that libraries play in creating audiences for all kinds of authors.
Librarians contribute to a regularly scheduled Twitter chat using the hashtag #AskALibrarian, held every Thursday. Penguin Random House, Read It Forward, & Library Journaloriginated the hashtag and “host” the weekly chat, but libraries and librarians from all over the country participate.
Some librarians use Twitter to connect with readers, publishers and other librarians by participating in open EarlyWord Galley chat sessions using hashtag #ewgc (Adult galley chat) and #ewgcya (YA galley chat). Each month, librarians and publishers tweet about forthcoming titles, and as the sessions take place on Twitter, readers can follow the posts to discover information about new titles.