Give ’em Give ’em What They Want

Here’s another tool to add to your reading group and readers’ advisory toolkit. 

Nora Rawlinson’s collection development philosophy for Baltimore County Public Library, known as Give’ em What They Want, radically altered the way librarians approach the selection of materials.

Nora went on the become editor Library Journal and Editor-in-Chief of Publisher’s Weekly. Now she has a Web site, Early Word, with a blog called, appropriately, Give’ em What They Want: News for Collection Development and Readers’ Advisory Librarians. 

The blog is full of book buzz–information about bestsellers,  film adaptations,  one-book programs,  and much more. There are also links to publisher catalogs, reviews, and podcasts of readers’ advisor extraordinaire Nancy Pearl’s reviews for NPR. 

Take a look–this could be a great resource for identifying titles your book group will want to read and talk about.



About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

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