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A Useful Tool for School Library Media Specialists and Public Librarians

A good source for library patrons to search for printed books, audio books, and videos is the new Books in Print : Patron Books in Print (http://www.patronbooksinprint.com/bowker/). This new database is put out by the same company (Bowker) that puts out the original Books in Print (http://www.booksinprint.com/bip/) database. This original database is widely used by libraries, booksellers, and publishers. Books in Print : Patron Books in Print provides a more user-friendly interface designed for easier use for library patrons. This new product provides a reader’s advisory which finds titles of books that are similar to ones your patrons have already enjoyed. It also provides a way to search by subject, author, or by literary award. You can also narrow your browsing by only browsing in works of fiction, non-fiction, or in books written especially for children.

On the first screen there is a link that lets you take a tour of this new interface to learn more about all that it has to offer. For example, when you browse this database you will find that your results are displayed by Books, Audio Books, and Videos. You can then sort these results alphabetically by author, alphabetically by title, by price, and by release date. If available, cover images and reviews are also provided along with each result. If you find books that look interesting you can also save them in a My Favorite Books list.

You can access this new database from the Databases and Indexes page by entering “Books in Print : Patrons Books in Print��? in the Find a Database field or by selecting the “B��? in the Browse by database title field.

If you have any questions about this or any other Information Studies database, please contact our Information Studies Bibliographer, Deborah Bernnard. Her phone number is 442-3699, and her email is dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu.

Blog post created by Judith Mueller