Without library school to keep me focused on specific aspects of the information sciences field, my brain occupied it self with a random service I wished the library provided. I’m not sure what this service would be called, but if it already exsists please point me in the right direction.
The thought came to me after reading an article about Junot Diaz, where he recommended different books – in conjunction with a book I read previously where authors shared pictures of their personal libraries. I selected several titles from the ones Diaz shared and placed holds at the library (like Empire State: A Love Story (or Not) by Jason Shiga).
People come into the library all the time looking for suggestions on what they should read next, and I often turn to what my favorite authors are reading for ideas
with the desperate hope that my writing will get better. So wouldn’t it be nice if the library had a special catalog that only featured the books that were in, for example, Toni Morrison’s personal library? Toni Morrison has so many fans they’re probably falling out of her pockets, plus she’s got her own society. Can you imagine what positive affect that would have on circulation counts?
Which author would you want added to this literary-celebrity catalog?