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 Monthly (Formerly the School Library Media Activities Monthly)

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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.


Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site

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

Children’s Books from

Children’s Bookwatch from Midwest Book Review

Education Review
Multi-lingual journal of book reviews.

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

Internet Bookwatch from Midwest Book Review

Junior Library Guild

Literature Contemporary from

MBR Bookwatch from Midwest Book Review

Midwest Book Review

Neverending Stories – Book Reviews


Reviewers Bookwatch from Midwest Book Review (Volunteer reviewers)

Small Press Bookwatch from Midwest Book Review

SuperKids Educational Software Review

Teen Reads

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

New York Review of Books

Index / Links Sites

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

Teacher Tap: Software Reviews

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Web Bookstores

Locate new and used books.

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

Barnes and Noble Review


Free Booknotes

Literary Criticism from eduScapes 42eXplore

The Online Books Page

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature by Paul P. Reuben

Reading Group Choices Site for Book Discussion Reading Guides

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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.
Related Bowker Resources:
Bowker’s Books in Print

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 (Now owned by EBSCO)

Nonprint Materials Directories & Guides

DocuSeek Film & Video Finder
DocuSeek is a search site for independent documentary, social issues, 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.

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Library Supply Vendors




The Library Store

Vernon Library Supplies

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Includes Greenwood, Praeger, Linworth / Libraries Unlimited and ABC-Clio.

American Library Association (Online Store)

Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc.

Gale (Part of Cengage Learning)

Scarecrow Press

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Baker & Taylor

Bookazine Company

Bound To Stay Bound Books


TitleWave from Follett Library Resources

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)

Bretford Manufacturing

Brodart Library Supplies and Furnishings

Buckstaff Library Furniture



Eustis Chair

Fleetwood Furniture

Franklin Fixtures (bookstore display furniture)

Gressco Ltd.

Group Four Furniture

Library Bureau by Moduform

Library Store Ltd.

Libra-Tech Corp.

Paragon Furniture

Sauder Manufacturing Company

Smith Systems, Inc.


Texwood Furniture Ltd.

The Worden Company

TMC Furniture

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