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Australian and New Zealand resources for readers' advisers

General resources for readers' advisers
Information on Australian and New Zealand books and authors
Australian and New Zealand library readers' advisory websites
Australian and New Zealand readers' advisory wikis, blogs and e-lists
Details of our Rewarding Reading readers' advisers training workshop

General resources

Free resources:
  • Use Trove, a discovery service from the National Library of Australia, to search for reliable information from Australia's memory institutions - books, reports, newspapers, maps, pictures, artworks, archived websites, and much more.
  • Fantastic fiction - bibliographies for over 25,000 authors; information on over 300,000 books
  • Goodreads - a site for readers and book recommendations
  • Whichbook.net - this UK site has an interesting and different way of retrieving recommendations for fiction reading
  • What's Next: Books in Series, from Kent District Library, Michigan
  • LibraryThing - catalogue your own book collection online; connect with people who read the same things; find books with similar tags and see suggestions for similar books you might like

  • Subscription products - many public libraries provide access to these resources for their members - check on your local public library website:
  • Fiction Connection and and its companion, Non-Fiction Connection, readers’ advisory tools for Bowker’s BooksInPrint.com customers
  • NoveList and associated EBSCO readers' advisory databases
  • Books & Authors from Gale, covering popular and classic fiction and non-fiction
  • The Reader’s Advisor Online, from Libraries Unlimited, based on the content of the 'Genreflecting' series, covering fiction and non-fiction and read-alikes
  • Who else writes like...?, the online version of a guide designed to help lovers of fiction discover new authors, from LISU at Loughborough University. Look up an author, discover alternative authors who write in a similar style, browse by genre, look up characters and prize winners.
  • Who next ...? A guide to children's authors Also from Loughborough University.

  • Information on Australian and New Zealand books and authors

    The select list below includes sites useful for readers' advisers interested in information about Australian and New Zealand books and authors:
  • The National Library of Australia catalogue
  • AustLit - online resource for Australian literature [subscription product]
  • Classic Australian Works, hosted by Sydney University Press The works have been selected as among the most important books for the study of Australian literature that are not available in print. The project uses digital printing technology to print books on demand and deliver them to the consumer
  • The Project Gutenberg Library of Australiana - Australian writers and works about Australia
  • Australian Book Review - broad, independent coverage of the latest books and ideas
  • API Review of Books - an online monthly produced by the Australian Studies Centre at Curtin University of Technology in association with the Australian Public Intellectual Network
  • Good Reading magazine - Australian monthly magazine and website dedicated to books and reading
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) websites, such as Read (ABC Arts Online), The Book Show (Radio National), or The Book Club, ABC TV
  • Get Reading, formerly Books Alive - an Australian Government initiative that aims to encourage all Australians to experience the joys of reading
  • The Source (Magpies and The Literature Base - a guide by subject to children's fiction, poetry and short stories from around the world with an emphasis on Australia books [subscription product]
  • Promoting Reading - School library support: literary events and awards, book fairs, Children's book week, reading enrichment activities
  • Australian Booksellers Association
  • Australian Publishers Association
  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Australian Fiction (Australian Online Bookshop) - Lists of fiction by Australian authors, and/or set in Australia: Crime, historical, romance, fantasy, horror, science fiction, thrillers, literary fiction, women writers
  • Romance Writers of Australia
  • AustCrime – Australian and NZ crime writers, book reviews, feature articles, blogs & forums, coming events
  • Australian Crime Fiction Database (Crime Down Under) - bibliography, blog, awards, new releases, author notes
  • Crime Writers Association of Australia and its Ned Kelly Awards
  • Crime Down Under blog – mystery and crime books from Australia, news, reviews, releases; author list; list of weblogs and ezines
  • Aurealis - Australian fantasy and science fiction
  • Australian Science Fiction Foundation - encourages the creation and appreciation of science fiction in Australia
  • Inside a dog - a website for young people about books
  • Children's Book Council of Australia
  • National Library of New Zealand search page with links to the National Library catalogue and the NZ Libraries catalogue (search across all NZ library catalogues)
  • New Zealand Book Council

  • Numerous bookshops present topical and genre lists on their websites and some offer newsletters. One example is Abbey's Bookshop

    Australian and New Zealand readers' advisory websites

    There are numerous publisher and library websites devoted to readers' advisory information and resources. Here are some examples of Australian and New Zealand library readers' advisory websites:
  • Literature - reading and literature recommendations, lists and news from Christchurch City Libraries
  • Read & Relax - State Library of Tasmania
  • eresources about books, reading and writing - Libraries ACT
  • Book Lovers' Resources - Coffs Harbour City Library & Information Service
  • Popular Topics: Fiction - Wellington (NZ) City Libraries
  • Readers - Southern Tablelands (NSW) Library Co-operative
  • Reader's Corner, from Eastern Regional Libraries, Victoria

  • Australian and New Zealand wikis, blogs, newsletters and e-lists

    Australian public library readers' advisory e-list, wikis and blogs:
  • AliaREAD – Australian e-list for discussion of readers advisory services in public libraries
  • Readers' Advisory Services wiki - from the NSW Readers' Advisory Working Group, the wiki provides resources, ideas and tips to use in readers' advisory services. The wiki promotes the enjoyment of reading and library collections
  • Read Watch Play - home of a monthly reading group to celebrate all kinds of reading, from the NSW Readers Advisory Working Group in Australia, working with the State Library of NSW, in partnership with a number of libraries around the world
  • Love2Read blog, from the National Year of Reading 2012

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