For immediate release | June 21, 2011

Booklist Online “Corner Shelf” e-newsletter marks partnership with Baker & Taylor

CHICAGO - Booklist Online and Baker & Taylor are teaming up this month to launch the newest Booklist Online e-newsletter, “Corner Shelf.” With the tagline, “Where Readers’ Advisory Meets Collection Development,” the free bimonthly newsletter will address trends, ideas and issues in the two areas, helping librarians find the common ground between them. Like most aspects of library service, readers’ advisory requires a solid underpinning of sound collection development to be effective, while RA itself can be the engine that helps put the collection to work. “You might say that the two functions fit together like the pieces of a corner bookshelf,” said Booklist Editor and Publisher Bill Ott. Original writing by respected experts in both fields, as well as in-the-trenches looks at new products and what’s coming up, will make “Corner Shelf” an indispensable foundation and resource.

Regular items in the newsletter will include: coverage of broad issues in the fields of readers’ advisory and collection development; Baker & Taylor best-sellers in libraries across the nation, linked to their Booklist reviews; original essays by or interviews with recognized experts in both fields; the popular Booklist “RA Corner” and “Core Collection” features, featuring short annotated bibliographies of essential books in hot subject areas.

“Baker & Taylor was an obvious choice for sponsorship of the newsletter,” said Ott. “Given their track record of being on the leading edge in developing tools to support RA and collection development services, especially in the digital world, it makes sense for us to collaborate on expanding the reach of our combined expertise.”

Sign up for this free e-newsletter at and look forward to your six issues in the coming year. If you have suggestions for what should be included, please e-mail Mary Ellen Quinn at

Booklist is the book review magazine of the American Library Association, considered an essential collection development and reader’s-advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 100 years. Booklist Online includes an archive of more than 135,000 reviews available to subscribers as well as a wealth of free content offering the latest news and views on books and media.

Baker & Taylor Inc. is the world's largest distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company leverages its unsurpassed worldwide distribution network to deliver rich content in multiple formats, anytime and anywhere. Baker & Taylor offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry-leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. Baker & Taylor is proud to power Blio (, the world's most flexible, engaging and revolutionary e-reading application.