Booklist Online rolls out lively and informative reference blog

Contact: Mary Ellen Quinn



For Immediate Release

July 6, 2009

Booklist Online announces the addition of
Points of Reference to its growing family of blogs. Mary Ellen Quinn and a team of front-line experts from academic, public and school libraries post about reference sources and trends in reference publishing and services.

Reference Books Bulletin [RBB] section of
Booklist reviews several hundred reference resources every year, but we’ve never had a space to talk about what’s going on at the reference desk or in reference publishing–until now,” said Quinn, editor of RBB and managing editor of
Booklist Online. “Over the next few weeks, you’ll start seeing posts from me as well as a team of reference experts ‘on the ground’ in different kinds of libraries.”

The categories of posts cover print and Web resources; current news; reference classics; technology; and general “At the Reference Desk” issues. Inaugural posts range from the informational to the humorous, including:

The bloggers all write and review for a wide range of publications. They include Barbara Bibel, a reference-collection development librarian at the Oakland Public Library, Calif.; Christine Bulson, for more than 30 years an academic reference librarian and assistant director of Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta; Craig Bunch, librarian at Hamilton Middle School in Houston, Texas; Jessica E. Moyer, a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, who teaches reference and readers’ advisory courses in the University of St. Catherine’s MLIS program; Sue Polanka, head of reference and instruction at Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and chair of the RBB Editorial Board.

All readers are, of course, invited to join in the conversation by adding comments. Access Points of Reference at
http://points of

Booklist’s blogs also include Book Group Buzz, Audiobooker, Bookenders and Likely Stories, all accessible from the homepage of Booklist Online: . The blogs are among the many free readers’ advisory and collection development resources on

Booklist Online.

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