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Director's Column

PLSJC Director Alan Hall writes a weekly column discussing library and community news, history, and other interesting subjects.


By Alan Hall, Director, PLSJ
Publish Date - Sunday, March 18, 2007

Every week, or every month, libraries would produce a list of the new books acquired by the library.


That paper list would be carefully posted in a bulletin board, or placed in a binder, or both.


The information age has now allowed libraries to move to a new product of marketing our new books (and non-print materials) to the public.


It is called "BookNews" and it is available online at our web page


BookNews provides you with a dozen categories of books, with graphics of the front cover of the book and the information from the dust jacket complete with book reviews.


Then, you can connect directly to that book in our Information Portal, and place a Hold on the book at the library.


Categories include new Fiction and Nonfiction, as well as mysteries, romances, home & garden, children's books, business books, and materials for teens.


BookNews allows you to sign-up for the online version of a newsletter that is transmitted to you weekly via e-mail or RSS-feed.


Audio books have a category, and new DVDs are linked to the library web site's main page.


BookNews also lists bestseller lists from the New York Times, as well as literature that has won Pulitzer Prizes, even books mentioned by Oprah.


These lists are the same; they connect to our Information Portal for selection.


The same product allows you to sign up for our Online Book Clubs, which allow you to read samples from books that interest you.


BookNews is like browsing a library shelf, with graphics of all the items right in front of you for review.


Information about the book and author are attached to the record, and book reviews continue to allow you to see if it interests you.


A third list provides award winners from the Boston Globe, Caldecott and Newbery Award winners, and various national book award winners.


BookNews uses information technology to combine people's interests with the graphics and information that a library contains.


Our staff has been instrumental in developing and linking this product to our web page and Information Portal.


So, rather than search our library for the bulletin board list, turn on the computer and connect to the library.