Teacher librarians need a wide range of tools to make selection decisions.

The following websites listed on this page will be of interest to school library media specialists:

Journal-based Selection Tools

Book Links


Print-based with some online resources. Great lists of books

Horn Book

Kirkus Reviews
Particularly good for high school level materials.

Library Journal
Particularly good for high school level materials.

Library Media Connection
Reviews in all areas. Some reviews online.

Media and Methods
Electronic materials

New York Times Books Reviews

Publisher's Weekly
Particularly good for high school level materials.

School Library Journal **

School Library Journal's Multimedia Buyers’ Directory (2004)

School Library Media Activities Monthly

VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates Magazine)
and Kliatt are other review sources.

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Website-based Selection Tools

Children's reviews from the UK

The ALAN Review

Book Hive from Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
Great site for book reviews

BookPage: America's Book Review
Contains book reviews distributed to bookstores and libraries.


BookWorm Newsletter from Kidsread
Book reviews

Carol Hurst

Children’s Book Reviews by Peter Neumeyer from The National Parenting Center

Children’s Books from

Children’s Bookwatch from Midwest Book Review

Children’s Literature Web Guide (CLWG)

Education Review

Educational Media Reviews Online (video, DVD, and CD-ROM)

Internet Bookwatch from Midwest Book Review

Literature Contemporary from

MBR Bookwatch from Midwest Book Review

Midwest Book Review

Multicultural Book Reviews

Neverending Stories – Book Reviews

Notes from the Windowsill by Wendy E. Betts


Reviewers Bookwatch from Midwest Book Review (Volunteer reviewers)

School House Software Reviews

Small Press Bookwatch from Midwest Book Review

SuperKids Educational Software Review

Teen Reads

Way Cool Software Reviews

World of Reading from Ann Arbor District Library

CNET - electronics
Reviews of electronics such as digital cameras, video cameras, and computers.

New York Review of Books
Book reviews

Links Sites

Great place to locate links to book review sites for all ages.

Directory of Book Reviews on the Web from ACQWEB's

Google Directory - Reviews and Criticism
Links to the book reviews sites.

Teacher Tap: Software Reviews

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Web Bookstores

Focus is on selling, but contains excerpts from professional reviews

Barnes and Noble
Focus is on selling, but contains excerpts from professional reviews

Focus is on selling, but contains excerpts from professional reviews. Powell's is also a good source for used/out-of-print texts.

Librarians (section) at Scholastic

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Reader Advisory Sources

BookBrowser: A Guide for Avid Readers from Barnes and Noble



Free Booknotes

The Internet Public Library's Online Literary Criticism Collection

Literary Criticism from eduScapes 42eXplore

Mysterious Homepage from

The Online Books Page

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature by Paul P. Reuben

Reading Group Choices Site for Book Discussion Reading Guides

What's Next Database (Kent District Library, MI)
Helps you search adult fiction in series -- two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits.

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Core Collection Bibliographic Aids


Print Materials Directories & Guides

The U.S. ISBN Agency; publisher of reference and reporting products and services.
Bowker’s Books in Print

Web-based bibliographic resource for professionals.

Demco Periodicals Subscription Service

EBSCO Information Services
Print and electronic journal subscription services, research database development and production, online access to more than 100 databases and thousands of e-journals, and e-commerce book procurement.

HW Wilson
Selection /Collection Development Tools:
Children’s Catalog

Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog
Senior High School Library Catalog

Nonprint Materials Directories & Guides

DocuSeek Film & Video Finder
DocuSeek is a search site for independent documentary, social issue, and educational videos available in the U.S. and Canada.

NICEM Film and Video Finder from National Information Center for Educational Media
Subscription database: Comprehensive collection of information about educational nonprint materials; database contains over 440,000 bibliographic records, representing 640,000 items of nonprint materials that cover all subject areas, are intended for all age levels, and are disseminated in all formats of media.
Note: Library School Initiative
Students who are currently enrolled in a library and information science course are allowed two weeks of free access per semester to the Film and Video Finder Online. The instructor should call us (via our parent company, Access Innovations) at 1-800-926-8328 and leave the following information in order to receive a username and password for distribution to the students.

The Video Source Book

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Library Supply Vendors





The Library Store

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American Library Association Online Store

Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc.

Thomson Gale (Thomson Gale)

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Baker & Taylor


Bookazine Company

Bound To Stay Bound Books


Follett Library Services

Ingram Library Services, Inc.

Midwest Library Service



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Collection Development Portals

Gathering place for librarians and other professionals interested in acquisitions and collection development.

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Furniture Vendors

Big Cosy Books (Book-themed seating, décor)

Blanton & Moore (Library Furniture)

Bretford Manufacturing

Brodart Library Supplies and Furnishings

Buckstaff Library Furniture


Decar Division of SICO America, Inc.

Demco Library Services

Eustis Chair

Fetzers’ Inc.

Fleetwood Furniture

Franklin Fixtures (bookstore display furniture)

Gressco Ltd.

Group Four Furniture

International Library Furniture

Library Bureau

Library Store Ltd.

Libra-Tech Corp.

Furniture from Opening the Book (Display / promotional furniture)

Paragon Furniture, Inc.

Sauder Manufacturing Company


Texwood Furniture Ltd.

The Worden Company

TMC The Midlands Company

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