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Pop at the Laundromat

From the blog Book Calendar:

I spent some more time reading Pop Goes The Library by Sophie Brookover and Elizabeth Burns at the laundromat. I usually sit and drink coffee while the laundry spins. I got up to the section on technology. My favorite part of the book are the quotes from practicing librarians at the ends of the chapters.

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Two New Reviews!

You like us, you really like us! Thank you so much. We’ve created a handy one-stop shop for reviews, right here: Pop! Go The Reviews.

Ruth Kneale, in Marketing Library Services (subscription only):

This book is so chock-full of great ideas, it even got me thinking about programs for the public—and I am a die-hard systems librarian, happier in the guts of the computer room than I am talking with users. If this book gets someone like me thinking about displays, events, and programs tied into popular culture, what can it do for you?

Prudence Jones, in Baker & Taylor’s January 2009 CATS Meow Newsletter:

An essential read for all those involved in children and teen services.

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The Library Journal Review

If you happened to hear only quasi-professional shrieks of delight emanating from the general direction of New Jersey at some point on Saturday morning, that would have been the collective squeeing of Liz & I, upon reading the Library Journal review of Pop Goes the Library:

[T]his is an exciting and essential book for those librarians ready to take up the challenge of keeping their libraries relevant to the communities they serve.

To say that we are delighted with this review would be akin to saying that we, y’know, kind of, sort of like reading. Sometimes.

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Some On-line Responses

Brad Ward at the Blah Blah Blah Blog from NEFLIN (Northeast Florida Library Information Network:) “Really, really good stuff. . . . The authors were nice enough to also put up a wiki that provides links to the resources listed in their book.”

Andrew at Librarian Idol says, “it’s got some brilliant ideas in it - I highly recommend!” (Librarian Idol also goes on to say some very great stuff about being cool and books and libraries.)

Crossposted at Tea Cozy.

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Book News Round-Up

Judith Seiss has published a glowing review of PGTL, which you can read here. Thank you, Judy! We’re blushing over here!

The book is temporarily out of stock at Amazon. Please consider purchasing directly from Information Today while Amazon re-stocks! Our publisher is selling the book for 50 full cents cheaper than Amazon!

I went to the post office today and sent off a large stack of review & gift copies. I sent them Book Rate, with Delivery Confirmation, so I will be obsessively entering 16-digit strings at usps.com til I see they’ve all arrived.

We’ve heard that Library Journal will run a review in its November 15th issue — we’ll keep you posted!

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Our First Review!

The first online review of Pop Goes the Library: the book comes from the brand new blog, In the Library with a Lead Pipe.

It’s the type of review that makes an author’s heart sing. The reviewer “gets it.” Plus, there are great suggestions for the second edition. (I know! Talk about a reviewer thinking ahead!)

I, of course, want to post the entire thing. But instead I’ll include this:

Sophie Brookover and Elizabeth Burns’s Pop Goes the Library is part textbook and part manifesto.

And a paragraph that captures the meat of the book:

There is a message, and that message is important, but Brookover and Burns have decided not to dress that message up in theory or historical context. Instead, they focus on combining practical advice with serious fun: Melanie Griffith’s character in Working Girl provides an example of applied research; Angelina Jolie’s transformation from wild child into latter day Mia Farrow illustrates good public relations; and Johnny Cash, David Bowie, martinis, and iPods are listed as celebrities and trends that are Cool (Kenny Chesney, KC & the Sunshine Band, cosmopolitans, and Zunes are Not Cool).

And a paragraph that captures the heart of the book (along with some nice things about our writing style):

If you’re not interested in pop culture, it may be tempting to dismiss the importance of this book’s message or to overlook its ambitiousness. That would be a mistake: Brookover and Burns cover most of the important lessons on librarianship that can be taught in a book: creating a niche; building a collection; using technology; and developing crowd-pleasing programming, among others. As an added bonus, their writing style is as much fun to read as Michael Buckland, S.R. Ranganathan, Jesse Shera, or Elaine Svenonius. (Speaking of pop culture: does anyone know if Elaine is related to Ian?)

Read the full review here.

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