News from NetGalley

NetGalley is proud to announce two new initiatives that will benefit librarians in Australia!

 

Members of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) can now validate their ALIA ID numbers within their NetGalley profiles. Once you add your number you will receive an ALIA badge that publishers will see when you request their titles. This will help you access proofs even faster because publishers can rely on the badge to approve requests, auto-approve librarians and even feature your reviews on NetGalley. Learn how to add your number today!ALIA_logo

Librarians can now recommend books to patrons and fellow librarians on a national scale by nominating titles for Librarians’ Choice monthly lists! You can nominate right from the Feedback section for any title published in Australia, and then NetGalley will collect nominations monthly, and submit them to Librarians’ Choice for consideration. Learn more about nominating for Librarians’ Choice!

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Library Reads

LibraryReads List

What is LibraryReads?

The concept of LibraryReads is simple: The top ten books published this month that librarians across the United States love. Our ultimate goal is to connect our favorite books to as many readers as possible!

Just as the concept is simple, the process is simple as well. Nominators have until the 20th to nominate books coming out two months later. For example, on March 20th, May nominations are due, and June nominations are due by April 20th. You can nominate any title being published that month, as long as it has appeal to an adult audience. This does mean reading in advance, of course—but you’re a NetGalley reader, so we’re guessing you’re already in the habit of reading ahead!

Then, the list is a straightforward calculation: we tally them up, and whichever ten books get the most nominations go onto the monthly list. The book with the most nominations becomes the #1 Pick. It’s as simple as that! Books from all adult genres and categories are welcome. The list is announced a few weeks later to give you ample time to look into the selections and order them for your library.LibraryReads FB template

Although library staff do all the nominating, we designed LibraryReads to reach an even larger group of readers, so that even if you’re not nominating, you can still benefit. The core audience is everyone who uses a public library—whether in person or online, whether they borrow books, attend programming, rely on library staff for reading recommendations, subscribe to newsletters, browse the shelves and stacks for reading ideas, or participate in any type of library activity.

If you are already a NetGalley member, and registered as a Librarian, it’s really easy to nominate! You may nominate any of your approved titles via the “Feedback” button on the Title Details page, and check the LibraryReads nomination box. Couldn’t be simpler.

We already receive many nominations from NetGalley users, and we are always hoping to bring more readers on board. Anyone who is regularly employed in a U.S. public library may participate. You don’t need to belong to an association, and you don’t need a specialized degree. If you love to read and are passionate about discovering wonderful books, please join us!

For more information about LibraryReads, please visit their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

If you’d like to receive updates when the new LibraryReads lists are available, (so you can request them on NetGalley!) subscribe to the NetGalley blog –>

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News from NetGalley

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The NetGalley team is honored to receive the Platinum Award from LibraryWorks’ second annual Modern Library Awards (MLA’s.)

Did you know that over 26,000 librarians worldwide are using NetGalley (for free) to discover new titles to purchase for their library collection and recommend to their patrons?

As a new or existing NetGalley member, you can:

  • Request digital galleys from over 350 publishers which can be read on all major reading devices and tablets. NetGalley’s friendly support team can help you, too!
  • Receive invitations from publishers to access a title immediately, as well as a complimentary monthly newsletter just for librarians featuring new titles.
  • Be auto-approved by publishers for instant access for all their titles, so you won’t need to wait for your request to be approved!
  • Use NetGalley to submit your feedback privately to publishers (such as comments on the title itself, if you will be purchasing a title, or if the title will be used in special programs.)
  • Nominate titles for the monthly LibraryReads list (US), right from your NetGalley account!

Also, librarians who are members of the American Library Association (ALA) can add their ALA numbers to their NetGalley profile. (Add your ALA number today!)

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At NetGalley, we’re definitely fans of librarians and how their passion for reading and knowledge influences so many readers (young and old), so we wanted to highlight an event geared towards librarians that helps provide them with tools and resources so they can continue to evolve. The New York City School Library System is holding their 26th Annual Fall Conference on November 3rd at the famed CitiField, with the theme: Libraries for ALL Learners, which will focus on equity and all that it entails. We had the chance to sit down with Melissa Jacobs, a coordinator for NYCSLS, to talk about her interactions with librarians, their annual conference, what her department does to help libraries.

As coordinator at the New York City School Library System, can you describe some of the projects you work on? Do you have any favorite aspects to your day?

I have been working as a coordinator in the New York City School Library System for a little over 12 years. I provide support services to librarians and help develop strong library programs. What does that look like on a daily basis? No day is ever the same… yesterday, I spent eight hours weeding out a collection that has been neglected for years and mentoring a new librarian. Last week, I facilitated two professional learning community meetings for librarians in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Next week, I am traveling off to Lake Placid, NY for the New York Library Association’s Annual Conference and facilitating the School Library System Association of New York State’s Executive Board Meeting and General Membership Meetings as President.

What is your greatest achievement so far, and do you have any projects you’re looking forward to?

So many amazing things are happening in libraries throughout this country. In the last year, we have seen libraries being highlighted as sanctuaries from the world’s chaos, artificial limbs being fabricated in Makerspaces and Maker Labs, and mobile technology infiltrating society and K-12 education. Several years ago I founded the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. Watching that task force grow into a nationally recognized committee and seeing the work continue on by my peers has been truly rewarding. It makes me smile knowing teachers, parents, and students now have a professionally vetted list of apps to refer to.

A major project you’ve been working on, the New York City School Library System’s 26th Annual Fall Conference, which NetGalley is proud to be a sponsor of, is happening next month – can you describe the conference and the events at the show that you’re most excited for?

The New York City School Library System hosts an annual conference for K-12 public and nonpublic school librarians.  It is an amazing day of collaboration, learning, networking, sharing and a celebration of school libraries. This year, we are so excited to welcome Jacqueline Woodson as our closing keynote and Dr. Alfred Tatum as our opening keynote. We will also be hosting an amazing panel of authors in a session moderated by Susannah Richards called The Lens of Diversity: It is Not All in What You See. This session will bring together Sophie Blackall, Daniel Jose Older, and Sean Qualls for a lively discussion on their views on diversity for young and older readers.

Do you find that the conference has changed or evolved in any particular ways over the years? Are there any trends that you’ve noticed or are there any you would like to see, on behalf of librarians, publishers, or relevant companies/services?

Absolutely! Our world changes daily and so does the needs, concerns, and issues of librarians. Five years ago, mobile technology was cutting edge and few people even had a smart phone. This year, I expect social media to play an enormous role in librarian’s access to information before, during, and after our conference. Anyone can now follow along the day’s events on Twitter using hashtag #nycsls2015 or on Facebook.

I’ve always admired librarians in general for their ability to adapt and then excel when it comes to major shifts in our culture, like the transition to ebooks and the use (and almost dependence) of phones and tablets. Have you witnessed, or personally administered, any creative ways to meet the challenge of evolving the traditional library so it’s more accessible and fun for patrons? Do you see any new challenges on the horizon that you’re preparing for?

Equity is an issue librarians struggle with and school librarians are confronting it daily. How do librarians provide the same level of practice and a strong library program in every neighbor and corner of New York City? It is something that keeps me up at night.

And for fun, if you were going on a long journey and could bring no books or devices, but you had time to commit just one book to memory, which would it be?

A secret confession… I love cookbooks and read them like novels. However, it would be impossible for me to select just one of the 400 plus I have indexed at home.

I’d like to thank Melissa for answering our questions during this very busy time of year. I’d also like to remind our librarian members to add your ALA number to your NetGalley Profile, nominate titles for LibraryReads, check out the latest monthly lists here and request the titles!

*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret

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News from NetGalley

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The NetGalley team is honored to receive the Gold Award from the LibraryWorks, Inc. 2015 inaugural Modern Library Awards (MLA’s.)

Did you know that over 22,000 librarians worldwide are using NetGalley (for free) to discover new titles to purchase for their library collection and recommend to their patrons?

As a new or existing NetGalley member, you can:

  • Request digital galleys from over 300 publishers which can be read on all major reading devices and tablets. NetGalley’s friendly staff can help you, too!
  • Receive invitations from publishers to access a title immediately, as well as a complimentary monthly newsletter just for librarians featuring new titles.
  • Be auto-approved by publishers for instant access for all their titles, so you won’t need to wait for your request to be approved!
  • Use NetGalley to submit your feedback privately to publishers (such as comments on the title itself, if you will be purchasing a title, or if the title will be used in special programs.)

Also, librarians who are members of the American Library Association (ALA) can add their ALA numbers to their NetGalley profile. (Add your ALA number today!)
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The New York City School Library System will be celebrating their 25th Annual Fall Conference: Libraries are Elemental at Citi Field on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Special guests include Dr. Antero Garcia, an Assistant Professor from Colorado State University and Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor!

The conference will feature a wide range of concurrent sessions on emerging technology, literacy, inquiry and instructional strategies. There will be 65 exhibitors displaying their products and services and 14 authors and illustrators signing their latest and greatest titles. Click here for more information.

We’re pleased to have many of these titles on NetGalley, and thanks to our partnership with the New York City School Library System, you can request them below!

Also, if you are a Librarian, you can add your ALA number to your NetGalley Profile. Start requesting today!

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We’re excited to celebrate National Library Week (April 13-19th)!

Did you know there are currently 50+ library associations represented on NetGalley? Check out the list below.

As one of the 18,000+ librarians using NetGalley, you can select your library association(s) in your Profile. This is an easy way to let publishers know that you’re a member of a professional association, which will help them approve your requests!

Below is the list of current library associations in NetGalley – go ahead and select them in your profile today!

If you are a member of an association not listed below, contact support here so we can add it to the list.

Have you found NetGalley helpful in discovering and reading new titles? If so, please keep NetGalley in mind when talking with your colleagues and other members of your associations so they can also benefit from our service.

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News from NetGalley

Today starts School Library Month in the US, but at NetGalley we want to recognize all of our 18,000+ librarian members across the globe for their dedication to books and those who love to read them. We know librarians have a unique role in the success of a title, and your recommendations are often priceless to reluctant and voracious readers alike. That personal moment between a librarian and a patron is so unique, and we want to help you create more of this opportunities by providing you with easy and quick access to new titles.

Ways librarians can utilize NetGalley:

As a NetGalley member you have access to many tools and features, and below are the ways librarians can use NetGalley to their advantage:

  • Request titles from the catalog that interest you.
  • Receive invitations from publishers to access their titles instantly.
  • Get notified of new titles in your favorite genres by selecting your Preferred Categories in your Profile. Click here for more profile suggestions.
  • Submit Feedback (reviews, ratings, notes, links, recommendation plans. Though you may not be leaving full reviews, please know that publishers appreciate any feedback you provide, such as if you will be purchasing the title for your collection, or if the title will be used in any special programs (such as a book club), etc. Here are more tips for leaving librarian feedback.

Spread the word!   

Have you found NetGalley helpful in discovering and reading new titles? Have you cultivated any publisher or author relationships after reading the title from NetGalley? Were you better able to make purchasing decisions and then recommend titles to patrons because you accessed the title via NetGalley? If you answered “Yes” to any of these (or all of them!) please keep NetGalley in mind when talking with your colleagues so they can also benefit from our service.

And keep an eye out for our monthly Library Edition newsletter, which feature titles hand-picked for librarians by our publishers—and forward it to your colleagues!

We love to hear from you!

Your enthusiasm for books is contagious and makes us want to provide the best service we can to better help you. Please feel free to reach out to our support team here or leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. If you’ll be at BookExpo America this May in NYC, we’d love to meet with you. Keep an eye out for an email soon with details.

Happy reading!
Tarah Theoret
Community Manager

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Recipes for Success: Librarian Voices
The Ins and Outs of ARCs, from ALA Annual
Guest Post: Kristi Chadwick, Library Director at Emily Williston Memorial Library and blogger at Books, Yarn, Ink and Other Pursuits

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I’m happy to welcome Kristi Chadwick, Library Director and blogger, as our guest writer today for Recipes for Success: Librarian Voices. Kristi participated in a panel on the “Ins and Outs of ARCs” at ALA Annual last week and has been generous enough to write up a recap of her experience. Keep reading to find out more about what was discussed during her panel, including what publishers look for in librarians’ NetGalley profiles, and about what she’s reading and requesting via NetGalley!

The Faceless One      Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl

Recipes for Success aims to give NetGalley members helpful information, tools, and best practices to help facilitate your growth and effectiveness as professional readers. Check back often for tips and tricks from the insiders.

The American Library Association held their 2013 Annual Conference June 27- July 7 in Chicago, IL. As Marlene mentioned last week, the ALA conference is definitely “BEA for Librarians,” and this year was no exception. While I definitely found some print galleys to bring home with me, I am a self-proclaimed “go-go gadget geek” and love having access to digital advance reading copies and galleys. I love them so much, in fact, that I was part of a panel that discussed them!
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Recipes for Success: Librarian Voices
ALA is BEA for Librarians, and why my back Loves NetGalley
Guest Post: Marlene Harris, Seattle Public Library and blogger at Reading Reality

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ALA Annual begins today! For those of you who may not know what the ALA (American Library Association) conference is all about, Marlene Harris, technical Services Manager at Seattle Public Library, has graciously returned to explain. Continue reading to find out more about the American Library Association’s annual conference, and how NetGalley saves Marlene’s back at conferences like this!

Recipes for Success aims to give NetGalley members helpful information, tools, and best practices to help facilitate your growth and effectiveness as professional readers. Check back often for tips and tricks from the insiders. 

ALA is BEA for Librarians, and why my back Loves NetGalley

When I try to explain what the ALA conference is to my non-librarian friends, I often use the shortcut that ALA is BEA for librarians. I’ve never been to BEA (insert sad face here) but if the pictures of the exhibit floor are accurate, there’s definitely a resemblance!
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