Thursday, January 3, 2013

Revving Up For A Review-filled New Year


In my previous blog entry, I talked about the 52 Nonfiction Books in 52 Weeks challenge that I've started this week. Several people have expressed interest in doing this book challenge with the inclusion of fiction. While I am going to stick solely to nonfiction (for two reasons: 1) because I want to highlight the amazing  titles in our nonfiction collection at the library, and 2) I LOVE nonfiction. I can't get enough of it.....although we'll see how I feel about it in a few weeks!), feel free to read WHATEVER whenever wherever that pleases you! Ultimately, the goal is to make some more room in your life for books in the year 2013.

In this blog entry, I want to give you all a little tutorial on how to review books via the library catalog. Most people aren't even aware that they can submit reviews that will appear in the catalog as other people browse titles! I will be posting my weekly review on this blog as well as in the catalog, and I invite you all to do the same (even if your review only consists of giving the book five stars and a happy face emoticon).

Here's How to Submit Your Reviews to the Catalog:

1. Head to our website:

2. Click on the Catalog tab in the top navigation bar

3. Log into your library account
  • You need to enter your library card number & your password
  • If this is the first time that you are logging in to your account, your password is userpass

4. Search for the title for which you are submitting a review. I decided to review Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.

5. A new screen will appear. Click on the title of the book that you want to review from the list of search results.

6. A new screen will appear. Scroll down until you see the "Review This Item" button in the left hand side navigation bar.

Scroll Down!
Click on "Review This Item"

7. Click on the "Review This Item" button. The first time that you review a book, you will be asked to accept the terms and conditions put forth by the library. This prompt will never ever appear again (which is why I couldn't take a screenshot of it!).

8. Type your review into the box and then hit "Submit"

I was a little stingy with the stars.

9. After being approved by a library staff member, your review will be posted in the catalog under the "Review" tab.

10. Congratulations! You've just shared your insightful thoughts about a book with the rest of our library patrons!

To be part of this challenge, it is not mandatory that you review your selected books. If you prefer, you can simply read the book, enjoy the book, and move on to the next one. : )

Stay tuned for this Monday's first book review!

Sharlene Edwards
Program Director

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