it’s here: book review #1

Apparently, people are reading my book. Or at least skimming it. The way that I know this is that book reviews are starting to appear. Does anyone know about the business of LIS book reviews? How does your book get selected for a review? Within what time frame will they start to come out? Please, if you’re a seasoned LIS author and have any kind of scoop for me, please dish…

Thank goodness, the first one was very nice and pleasant and here is what it says: inspirational! valuable resource! encourages reading from cover to cover! must have!

Hill, Chrystie. Inside, Outside, and Online: Building Your Library Community. Chicago, American Library Association, 2009. 175p. index. $48.00pa.; $43.20pa. (ALA members). ISBN 13: 978-0-8389-0987-4.

Authored by the director of community services at WebJunction, this inspirational and research-based work outlines principles to support building a strong library community.  Drawing on her background as a writer, librarian, and community builder, Hill outlines the process of making the library the center of your community and thereby raising the perceived value of the library.  Separated into seven chapters, the work begins with people and networks, followed by libraries and communities.  The following chapters address the steps in the process: Assess, Deliver, Engage, Iterate, and Sustain.  Bringing examples and guiding questions, Hill engages the reader to seriously think about how to make their own library community emerge successfully inside the library, in the community the library serves, and in the online community.  References, additional resources, and an index make this a valuable resource, while the writing style encourages reading from cover to cover.  This work is a must have for any library wanting to reach out beyond their present users.—Sara Marcus

This appeared in ARBA online (American Reference Books Annual) in July 09. Thank you Sara Marcus for being so kind.


  1. MGMason, 16. August 2009, 13:00

    Wonderful! Excellent! And well deserved.

  2. Chrystie, 16. August 2009, 19:25

    Thank you! : )

  3. Chad Mairn, 26. August 2009, 14:46

    I just finished reading your book and I am reviewing it for ‘Internet Reference Services Quarterly.’ I really enjoyed reading it and you have inspired me to get my library more motivated too! I’ve been motivated, but it can be tricky to get everyone else on board. Btw, I (@cmairn) am following your Tweets too. 🙂

    Take care.

  4. Chrystie, 26. August 2009, 15:41

    Chad, thanks so much for your comments. It’s so nice to meet you and to hear that you enjoyed my book. It’s especially nice to hear that you’re thinking about how to take some of these ideas back to your library. I look forward to seeing your review in IRSQ. Can you let me know when it’s out? Best, -CRH

  5. Chad Mairn, 27. August 2009, 11:36

    I will definitely let you know when the review is published.

  6. Kathleen de la Peña McCook, 29. August 2009, 7:33

    Be sure ALA sends it out to the reviewers you think are right. They should have a person working with you to decide where the book should go for review. I have found reviewing needs to be pushed toward outlets by the publisher. Rarely will anyone seek to review a book just because it interests them. So, find out where it was sent by ALA editions and maybe suggest more outlets.
    Some books only get one or two reviews. This one should have a wider audience, tho.
    Then there are the social networking sites. Library Thing. Amazon.

  7. Chrystie, 1. September 2009, 23:13

    Kathleen, I appreciate your mentoring on this topic! I just sent a note to my marketing liaison at ALA Editions to ask a few questions about their plans – and to ensure that they’ve sent it out to those I suggested in the initial publication intake process. Thanks for the tips!!