Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 3 - Networking...In Real Life?!

Design Credit: Nina @ Nina Reads

This is an easy one for me to talk about today - I deal with books as my livelihood. I'm a librarian, so my professional life revolves around books and putting them in the hands of my patrons. (I was also a bookseller for a few years before becoming a librarian.) This is the most fulfilling job that I have ever had in my entire life. There is nothing better than assessing the needs of my community and filling them with books that I find.

Social networking? What does that have to do with a librarian? Aren't we talking about book blogging? (Stay with me.) As I've said before, I live in a teeny-tiny reading box, so I've been able to learn about books I'd have never looked twice at myself by reading book blogs and doing the social networking thing as a blogger myself. Let me use this opportunity to say this very quickly while I have your attention:

Thank you, book bloggers. Your reviews are more beneficial to communities around the world than you would ever know. Despite any negative thing you may have ever been told, what you do is a wonderful, beautiful thing. You have not only my gratitude, but that of my patrons. You are such an important piece of the puzzle.

What can I possibly say after that? Hmm... Want to enter one of my GIVEAWAYS? I love giving away prizes. :-)

Have a great week!


  1. Aww.. Thanks for that thought, Kayla. I love the book blogging community too. They are definitely helping a lot of people by promoting books, love for reading.

    Stopping by from Armchair BEA. :)

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

  2. What a lovely message! I am hoping to work in a library eventually

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. Hi Kayla!

    Thanks so much for your words of encouragement! And thank YOU for being a librarian - one of the best careers in a community I can think of!

    Happy ABEA :o)

  4. Great post! I struggled with this topic, as I'm also a librarian, and I didn't even know where to begin-- books in real life? That's what we DO! :)

    I completely agree, book blogs are so useful to me as a librarian. Sometimes the professional review journals haven't reviewed a book at the time I need to make a purchasing decisions, so reviews from bloggers are essential in those moments!

  5. Great comments from a slightly different perspective. I, too, have had a rich real life full of books and bookish events. Although I'm not a librarian, books are what I'm about.

  6. Love librarians - they rock. Thanks for sharing your passion of books.

    Thanks for participating!

    Here's my networking post


  7. Yay! Book blogging is totally awesome for reader's advisory. No doubt!


You are going to put words in my box?! *squeezes you* Now I shall stalk YOUR blog!