Crowdsource request: help spread the AWW database word to Aussie libraries on Facebook

Today Shoalhaven Libraries blog, The Readers’ Haven, posted their AWW completion page. In it, they wrote:

Here at Nowra Library we displayed and promoted books written by Aussie women for most of 2012, with great success. Loans and circulation of these books increased noticeably throughout the year and it was great to see a wide range of borrowers walk out the door with newly discovered Australian reads.

How many libraries could boost circulation of books by Australian women with such a simple promotion?

After seeing The Readers’ Haven’s post, I challenged some libraries on Twitter to visit the new AWW list of reviews . The City of Boroondara Library responded with a link to their Facebook page where they posted the link to the new AWW site and asked their followers to pick their favourite reads from the AWW lists.

That’s fantastic. They’re willing to do their bit. But, as of the time of writing this blog post, nobody has commented on their link.

The kind social media contact at Boroondara Library also posted an array of book covers of recent releases by authors Paddy O’Reilly, Emily Maguire, Mary-Rose MacColl, Bronwyn Parry, Lisa Walker, Hannah Richell, Deborah O’Brien and Jo Spurrier. The library is obviously keen to promote books by Australian women. And if they’re keen, maybe other libraries would be too – if they knew about the challenge and the list of reviews?

The problem is, how do we get the word out about this fantastic new resource – 1300+ reviews of books by Australian women – and help overcome the problem of gender bias in Australia’s literary review pages?

The answer? Crowdsourcing. Together, we can show the libraries that there’s a whole, vibrant online community of reviewers and readers (and users of Facebook) who are passionate about supporting home-grown writers.

So here’s the call: AWW participants and writers on Facebook, could you please visit City of Boroondara Library’s Facebook page and tell them some of your favourite AWW reads for 2012. Show them we enjoy local writers and appreciate librarians who support and promote them. And while you’re there, how about sharing the new link with one or more of the many libraries on Facebook?

The following list gives the Facebook links to libraries around Australia gleaned from AWW’s Aussie Libraries Facebook page. (I knew this information would come in handy one day.) If someone has posted the link on the library page before you, please make a comment – or “Like” their page, if they’re local to you. You can post either a link to the AWW Blog summary of genres page, or to one of the pages on the new Weebly site e.g. 2012 releases or Children’s fiction page. If you do take leave a link, let others know by mentioning it in the comments below. Between us, we should be able to spread the word.

If you know of any more libraries on Facebook, please leave the links in the comments below.

  • Goodreads

  • Country Secrets – anthology

  • Snowy River Man – rural romance

  • By Her Side – romantic suspense

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