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Your Own Personal Preview

In a given season I tend to write up a lot of librarian previews. These are events where publishers gather the local librarians (read local as "New York area") and tell them about all the books in an upcoming season. They’re fun to attend but heck to type out. In any case, I’ve always been a little sad that other librarians around the country can’t attend these (except at library conferences, where they’ll sometimes occur).

Scholastic has decided to solve that problem. On April 5th at 1:00 they will be holding a Fall 2010 Librarian Preview Webcast. Now you can enjoy all the splendor of a librarian preview from the comfort of your own home/office. According to their website you’ll even be able to write in your questions during the preview as it happens. And you don’t even have to be a librarian to "attend". That’s the beauty.

Who will present? Say they "Ken Geist, Arthur Levine, David Levithan, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and David Saylor, and hosted by John Mason, Director of Library & Educational Marketing."

Anywho, go here to register. Should be interesting. We may be seeing the future of the librarian previews at work here.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Dan Santat says:

    Ooh! This is pretty awesome! Kudos to Scholastic!

  2. I’m signed up and can’t wait. Watch for one of the most exciting book to be coming out this year: The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby.

  3. Marge Loch-Wouters says:

    Wowser! I always wondered what those New Yawk previews were like. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Jennifer Schultz says:

    Very cool. School Library Journal has hosted excellent previews as well, and I highly recommend them (looking forward to this afternoon’s nonfiction preview). People from the publishing companies present.

  5. Jennifer Schultz says:

    Forgot to add-questions aren’t asked during the SLJ/LJ previews. But the publishing people always leave contact information, and occasionally, they will send ARCs of selected titles. The webcasts are also archived several days (72 hours?) after their broadcasts.

  6. Thanks for the heads up.

  7. This might solve the problem for people who don’t have to teach “library classes” all day. =P Wonder if they’ll make it available afterwards as a recorded presentation?

  8. I’ve heard tell that they will.