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Finding Out About YA Materials: Review of Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly, also known as PW, is an American magazine that is published weekly by Trade Publishing. Originally known as The Publishers’ Weekly, the magazine was founded in 1872. It’s original goal was to inform librarians and booksellers about forthcoming titles. Today, the magazine targets publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors, and the media.

In the later half of the 20th century, the magazine slowly shifted to better target consumers. In the 1940s, editors began including reviews of forthcoming books. The magazine’s book reviews now comprise around half of every issue, covering around 8000 titles a year.  The magazine expanded to include interviews with authors as well as news articles and editorials. In the 1990s, the magazine expanded to an online presence as well. A great deal of content is available at www.publishersweekly.com.

PW offers a yearly subscription to 51 issues of the printed magazine as well as an online version. PW also maintains a website that updated regularly with content. As well as early reviews, the magazine publishes influential bestseller lists, interviews with author’s and publishers, and reports on industry trends and issues. They also maintain a several weekly podcasts called: “Beyond the Book: PW‘s Week Ahead,” to discuss industry news, “More to Come,” which deals exclusively with comics, and “PW Kidscast,” which deals with children’s materials.  The magazine also maintains an extensive online archive.  Past book reviews and articles dating back to as early as January 1997 are open to access online at www.publishersweekly.com/pw/archives/index.html. They also host an hour long weekly radio show.

Sources:

“About Us.” Publishers Weekly. Publishers Weekly. Web. 19 Jan 2014.  <http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/co/aboutus.html&gt;.

“Publisher’s Weekly.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 12 Jan 2014. Web. 19 Jan 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publishers_Weekly&gt;

“Publishers Weekly Frequently Asked Questions.” PubSerivce. PubSerivce. Web. 19 Jan 2014. <https://pubservice.com/subfaq.aspx?PC=PW&AN=&Zp=&PK=5BAN2&gt;.

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At the Guelph Public Library

Out of necessity, I visited the Guelph Public Library’s downtown branch.  Though I’m not a member, the reference librarian was very helpful and accommodating. She signed me into a computer and helped me print my readings for school.

Since beginning the MLIS program, it is impossible for me to enter a library and not try picture myself working there. I was (pleasantly) surprised to find that each floor had its own reference desk. I was also surprised by how young the librarians were, as I’ve been told time and time again that many librarians are due to retire soon.

After my readings were printed, I set off to explore the library.  The top floor of the library was brighter and more colourful than the other floors of the library. It took me a moment to realize that I was in the children’s section.  Worrying suddenly that I was very obviously out of place, I approached the desk, trying to think of a reason to be there. After I asked for a stapler, the librarian took out a small plastic box of office supplies and, unsmiling, carefully watched me staple my readings. Apart from being a little uncomfortable, it was also a stark contrast to the academic library where I work, where staplers, hole punches, and scissors are always available and always being replaced. It was a good reminder that public libraries exist for different reasons and prioritize difference services. I was very impressed by the programming the library offered. Displayed on a big calendar, it was clear that the staff were making an effort to reach out to teens and young adults as well as children.

The city is in the planning process for a new downtown branch – after looking carefully at the library, it’s obvious why. The current building is older and overflowing. The space is well used but crowded. It was mid-day on a Thursday and there was only one available seat on the main floor. The table I eventually settled at was smushed between computer work stations, microfilm readers, a battery recycle bin, as well as the Guelph Mercury archives.

Though the children’s area was by far the brightest and most open, I felt uncomfortable settling down to study there. What if I was violating some unspoken rule? What if someone asked me to leave? I left and heading back down to the main floor.  In retrospect, I wonder what it was exactly that made me feel so uncomfortable.  Maybe it was the unfriendly librarian? Maybe it was just the bright décor that made it obvious that the area was intended for younger library users. I find it very interesting that the effort made to encourage one group of users has the opposite effect on another group.

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