From an ALA News Release:
The idea of the blog was born at ALA Annual Conference in 2008, when librarians Karen Kleckner Keefe and Rebecca Vnuk (now Booklist editor for reference and collection management) attended a program that included what people were doing to get pre-pub information out to librarians. “We started feeling a little sorry for those backlist titles that just don’t get enough attention, “ said Vnuk, “so we brainstormed what we could do for those awesome books that languish on the shelves, while library patrons walk away empty-handed after putting in their reserve for the newest thing.”
Shelf Renewal followed soon after. The heart of the blog is readalike suggestions – matching old books to new releases, finding older titles relevant to what’s happening in the news and in pop culture today. The blog has two regularly scheduled features: “Dusty Books”– those books that someone, somewhere, will love, if they only knew they were still on your shelves—and “Web Crush of the Week,” showcasing every Friday a different website that you must know about if you want to be a great readers’ advisory librarian.
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