1. Book Daily

  • One of the main headings screams, "Read the first chapter of any book you want free!" So this site caters specifically to finding out if a book is what you should add to a collection. I like that it has a bunch of different categories that you can look through so that you can choose that one right book.

  • This tool will be helpful in making final decisions; if the budget is tight and it's coming down to a few front-runners, it should be fairly easy to read the first chapter and decide on the appropriateness. Or if a teacher needs a book for a class but they have a couple of different titles that they haven't actually looked at but they only need one, this could help make that decision.

  • I found this on an LM_Net post by Lizanell Boman from March 23rd. Oddly enough, she was posting about bookmarks that can be printed off so apparently this site also has bookmarks which could be useful.

  • It's a pretty good source; they have reviews and they give you a place to add books to your "shelf" for future purchase or reference but it doesn't have books that are necessarily reviewed by other media specialists and how they worked in their library which would be more helpful and the only site they take you to if you decide to purchase through them is amazon so there's not a real good price-finding situation.

Boman, Lizanell. "Bookmarks!" LM_Net. Syracuse University. Web. 5 April 2010.


  • This website has a lot to offer because of its devotion to all things related to technology. This is basically a site that offers reviews on technology so that you know what you're getting yourself into. I also like that it has a variety of forums so that you aren't sifting through one large board.

  • This tool will be helpful if part of my job entails buying technological equipment for the library.

  • I found this tool on an LM_Net posting from Lisanne Carlson from March 4th.

  • It would be stronger if librarians and teachers specifically posted on this site to say if worked well in a classroom setting but overall I think this source has a lot to offer with a variety of products reviews, specs, and the support of forum posters in case you don't understand how to use the new equipment.

Carlson, Lisanne. "tech review website" LM_Net. Syracuse University. Web. 14 March 2010.

3. ALA Booklist Magazine (to subscribe) or http://booklistonline.com/default.aspx

  • For my final source, I thought about using a company site like Follett or Scholastic but then I found this subscription page for ALA's Booklist Magazine. From the Booklist online portion, it looks like it reviews a lot of different books and if you subscribe there is an area where you can save the books you liked the reviews for and they send an online newsletter with new reviews.

  • It will be helpful because it will be reviews from the perspective of a librarian and it will be a way to keep up to date with new literature.

  • I Googled "librarian book reviews" and clicked on the one from ALA.

  • Since it's from ALA I trust it to be a reputable source but it's awfully expensive; for an individual subscription it's $147.50 for a year so it's not exactly something that is affordable on a tight budget.

American Library Association. Booklist. American Library Association, 2010. Web. 10 April 2010.