Someone recently asked me how I pick where a book would go if it meets multiple genres. The truth is, it is extremely rare that a book ONLY falls in to one genre. Many westerns have romance in them. Time travel stories can happen entirely in the past and therefore be attractive to historical fiction readers. I can go on and on with examples. Fortunately I've had a lot of practice genrefying when I used to work for Realms of Fantasy, the short fiction magazine. I was one of their editors and part of my job was helping authors to classify their stories so they market them to the right publications. And I really enjoy figuring out what genres can be applied to a book, believe it or not. Applying genres to a book is really similar to listing its subject headings. It isn't always foolproof, but I ask myself the following questions when I'm trying to genrefy a book, and they usually do the trick for me:
In my almost ten years as a librarian, I have had the opportunity to work in different kinds of librarianship. I was a school library media specialist for six years, seven if you include my field experience. I was also an academic librarian and professor for two years. Now I am a public librarian in adult services. I think many of us stumbled along before we happily landed where we are. Less of a calling and more of an arriving. You don't need to KNOW where you are going, but you do need to know who you are. Here is what I have learned along the way for those of you who are still trying to figure out... WHAT KIND OF LIBRARIAN ARE YOU? Elementary School Media Librarianship I began as a school library media specialist for many reasons, but I mainly got the cert because I wanted to be as marketable as possible. I entered librarianship later in life. I was married with a kid and dogs and a mortgage and car payments. I needed a job after graduation as soon as p
In my previous post, I mentioned how I'd been rejected from the latest school with whom I interviewed. It was a tough blow, but there's nothing like a new interview to make you feel hopeful again! So, I'm back on the horse and getting ready to interview tomorrow. While going through my mental checklist of the things I need to get ready for the interview, I bumped into this picture. If you read through the presented checklist, you will recognize the rules that were always given to us on how to be a respectable interviewer. I have to say that I disagree with most of them, and I wanted your thoughts on it.