About Me

I am "shelf-employed," that is, you can find me amidst the shelves of the library. I have a decade of experience as a youth services librarian, and I am currently employed in an academic library. My name is Lisa Taylor. I am a  member of ALA and ALSC. I am a past co-chair of ALA/ALSC's  Great Websites for Kids Committee, and I have served on numerous other ALSC committees.

I began blogging in 2007, for a course taught by author, blogger, and professor, Sylvia Vardell.  Blogging is the best way for me to remember the many books that I read and review in pursuit of my favorite job, reader’s advisory. Nothing makes me happier than placing the right book in the right hands at the right time.

I focus primarily on new releases, occasionally filling in with older classics. I review a wide variety of books –  picture books, juvenile novels, nonfiction for children, and the occasional young adult novel.

I review children's books for School Library Journal and YA and children's titles for AudioFile Magazine. I also do some mostly book-related freelance writing and consulting.

My favorite genres are nonfiction, historical fiction, and anything related to baseball. In picture books, I prefer anything that will crack up a room full of three-year-olds.

Books that I read, but haven't reviewed are starred, tagged, and added to my LibraryThing account.  I choose most of my books from the public library, but when I receive Advance Reader Copies or galley proofs, it is noted. When I'm done reading a book that I receive from a publisher, I usually put it into the hands of an eager young reader.

I rarely make any commentary other than reviews; although I occasionally may rant about things that peeve me, such as minimum page requirements and the lack of uniformity in the classification of easy readers.  

My reviews and comments reflect personal opinion and are for the purpose of promoting books. They are not reflective of the opinions of any library or organization.

I sometimes create multimedia booktalks - podcasts and trailers for my favorite titles. They can be found on the “Booktalks” page. If you would like to use any of these reviews or booktalks, please do, but adhere to the rules of the Creative Commons license below.

I apologize in advance for the fact that I do not always have the time to respond to unsolicited requests to review books. (I appreciate that you've thought of me, but I'm swamped in books!)

That's it!
You can contact me. I'm shelfemployed at gmail. I also have a fledgling Facebook page, www.facebook.com/shelfemployed .

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