Archive for October, 2008

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.


Copies On the Way!

While both Sophie and I live in New Jersey, we don’t live close to each other.

If we did, it would be dangerous, as I’m sure things like Printz reading, work, and cleaning would never get done.

We planned to get together late September to sign copies of our books, inscribe messages, and send them out to people.

What happened instead was I woke up to discover this

Aswering the question, “If a tree limb falls in a storm and crashes into three cars right outside Liz’s bedroom window, will she wake up?”

In case you haven’t guessed, the correct answer is, “No, especially if she has taken Tylenol PM.”

Which means that it wasn’t until yesterday that our schedules were such that we could get together in person for the signing and mailing.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in a review copy, let us know and we’ll see what we can do!

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WorldCat Pops

I’m discovering all the things that new authors do, as their book goes out into the universe. And they wait….

Today’s fun thing:

WorldCat. As most of already know, WorldCat is “the world’s largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information.” It’s provided by OCLC. 

For authors, it’s the way to find out which libraries own your books with one easy search. I was pleased as punch to discover that over 40 libraries have added Pop:The Book to their collections!