Web Crush: Genrify

Shelf RenewalGenrify is a useful blog that celebrates great literary mash-ups that may have tricky genre labels, and helps readers and librarians find more of the same. The blog features reviews, feature blends (with great booklists), microgenres, and more. But one of the best things about this blog is a tool called “The Blender.” Their website explains what it does best:

Genre BlendsThe Blender is a tool meant to help readers find books that include more than one genre. Using the Blender is easy—simply pick two or three genres you are interested in and click the “BLEND” button. Your results will include any title from the database that has the genres you selected. If you look at the results, you will notice that some genres will appear in ALL CAPS. This means that the genre is very prominent in the blend. Other genres might be listed in lowercase letters. This means that the genre is a part of the book, but not dominant in the story.

Pretty tasty, right?

The Genrify and The Blender are both the work of Megan M. McArdle, who is awesome. She is also a librarian with close to 20 years of experience in collection development and readers’ advisory service. After managing collection development for the Berkeley Public Library and the Chicago Public Library, she now works at the Library of Congress as a collection specialist for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Her book The Readers Advisory Guide to Genre Blends was published by the American Library Association in 2014. Read more about Megan in this Booklist Online feature.




About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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