There are three ways I have begun to improve our presence on the Internet. I have been working on a Read alikes wiki for our library this week and you can find it here: http://mexicoreadalikes.wikispaces.com/
I have made this a members only wiki, I hope, but it is public for everyone else to see.
I have a blog called Teen Scene and I am trying to make the effort to post reviews on it. I may not just review brand new books as I think that I can go back and read books within the last few years that I may have overlooked to try to breathe new life and readership into them. For example, I just read Nancy Farmer’s House of Scorpions and I will be reviewing it as soon as I complete The Lord of Opium. The book is fascinating as it examines a futuristic world ruled by drug lords. Mexico and points south of our border has been divided into countries named for the drug that they produce and export. In this case, the story is mostly set in Opium, run by El Patron and our narrator is Matt, his clone. There are so many facets to this sci-fi futuristic story – it would be an excellent read alike to The Hunger Games, but I think it has been forgotten in a deluge of publishing for young adults. My review will run in Teen Scene and I’m going to try to go back through our collection and find more gems. This book, in particular, was a big award winner, so it really wasn’t passed over by the critics. Nevertheless, I never read it. I know there are books that we are not giving enough attention to and I really want to find these hidden gems and get kids reading them. I can imagine that there are many books that do not achieve best seller status that are still excellent books, but there are so many choices that we never find them and make them best sellers! I also really want to focus on getting back into Net Galley where I can read books before they are published, try to review them and make predictions on future trends in reading for my staff and students. We will see if I achieve these goals, but I do plan on attempting to make the effort.
We also have a Facebook page for our library, but this is mostly to share events that have already happened. The problem with the page is that teens are not as interested in this platform as they used to be and I am considering having a group of teens create and edit a Tumblr for our library over the summer and into next year. We will see if I am able to do so….