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Writing Better Annotations

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Rebecca Vnuk

on 9 December 2015

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Transcript of Writing Better Annotations

What type of
are you
writing for?

Library newsletter, website/blog, or shelf talkers

Rebecca Vnuk
Adult Books Editor,
Collection Management and Library Outreach

Writing Better Annotations
Library newsletter

Library website/blog

In-library signage/handouts

Review publication

Personal blog

Keep it simple
100 words
Hit major appeal points

Longer (best for online):
Make it personal
150-200 words
Plot description
How personal do you want to get?

What's the general field or genre?
Does the book fit?

What is the author's style? Formal?

Nonfiction: Are the ideas developed?
What areas are covered, not covered?
How accurate is the information?

Fiction: What kind of reader would like this book? What appeal factors come into play?

Things to consider as you read:

Reviewing on blogs
Your Library blog/Your personal blog

Take cues from existing blogs and websites
Get Your Feet Wet with LibraryReads
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