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I’m Alana.  This is me.

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In 2010, I graduated from Drexel University with an MA in librarianship. I am proud to be a librarian, and enjoy the profession very much.

I looooove books.  I’ve read voraciously since I was a child.  When not working, I tend to read about book every day or so.  My favorite things to read are comic books, chick lit, manga, romance novels, classics, mysteries, and the occasional really depressingly beautiful book. During my tenure as a children’s librarian, I read and reviewed children’s books, from board books to early readers.  This blog, however, is not for children.  I go from PG-13 (in reviews and such) to R (in recaps only, pretty much).  Don’t be fooled by the classy layout.  Froggy and Dora make me very angry.

Some more notes about this blog:

* As of 6/10/10, I have merged all three of my blogs together into one–the first Stockton blog that I created in college, the second one when they changed servers, and this one here that I created when I no longer wanted to be on a school server.  Thus, “Bookslide III.”  Although I suppose at this point, it’s just “Bookslide.”

* There’s one thing I want you to know before you comment–and I do so love when you comment.  It’s only that sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between bots and people.  So if you’re going to comment for the first time, and only the first time (because your address will be “clear” after I approve your first comment), make sure you say something specific to what you’re reading.

What won’t get through: “Great blog!  Makes me laugh!”

What will get through: “Great blog!  Makes me laugh!  That Elena is ridiculous.”

Also, if you’d like me to add you on Goodreads, make sure you drop me a message on there that you read the blog.

*A while back, I conducted an informal poll about Amazon referral links.  No one had a problem with them.  Hopefully, they will be subtle (I’ve kept them text-only) and they will not get in the way of your reading experience.

However, if you do want to be so kind as to buy the book using one of my referral links, you do need to know one thing: the books must be purchased using One-Click, not “add to my cart.” I think the latter messes up the referral somehow.

*What’s a WIB?  It’s a post that contains my Week in Books.  Some weeks there are a lot of books, some weeks there are only one.  I can’t really call WIBs reviews, especially when there are so many in one week I end up just declaring whether I liked them or didn’t.  But with children’s books, I try to explain why or why not I think they’re a good purchase, and who they might be recommended to.

You can find my Week in Books posts here:

https://bookslide.wordpress.com/category/the-week-in-books/

Lists of direct links on my long-term projects, The Vampire Diaries sneaky recaps and Rereading Jenny (Crusie), can be found on their respective pages.

Many of the books I review are galleys or Advanced Reader Copies, usually picked up at BookExpo America. I review them as honestly as I do every book from any other source. Because I am a librarian, I don’t feel I am necessarily given the book “in exchange for an honest review” like other bloggers. Many publishers and every writer I’ve spoken to are happy when I give ARCs away as summer reading prizes. However, there are many I do read and review, so I felt that I needed a disclaimer. Books from BEA are labelled as such, upon receiving, on Goodreads, and usually in my review.

Happy reading!

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  2. December 12, 2010 4:33 pm

    Hi Alana! I literally just stumbled on your blog (well…sort of more like a purposeful stumble after searching for tags under “librarian”), and I was wondering if you’d be willing to chat some about your experience as an online grad student at Drexel. I’m finishing up a doctorate in English lit (Shakespeare), and I’ve come to realize that I don’t love teaching as much as I thought I did. I’m starting to reconsider my life path, and library sciences has looked extremely appealing. I’m going to subscribe to your blog and actually read through more of the entries now. But if you think you’d be willing to talk about your experience at Drexel, you can either contact me on my blog (http://ahab1.wordpress.com) or by e-mail: ahab1blog(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks so much for your time! 🙂

    Congrats on the new job! That’s extremely exciting.
    Amanda

    • December 13, 2010 7:09 am

      The “Future Librarian” category covers a lot of what I went through at Drexel, although of course while I was there I kept some of my opinions to myself because, well, I was THERE. To sum up the experience, though, I found being an online student a positive experience because of the flexibility, and a negative one because of the communication issues that can come up online. There are some profs who know exactly how to structure their courses and create the most effective environment for learning, and there are others (admittedly fewer) who are organizational messes. Group work can be even trickier online than it is in person, and certain classes do NOT translate well to an online format. It’s easier if you already have the background in them: statistics and web design especially. There’s a heavy reliance on PBWorks, which I was skeptical about because it’s so awkward and I spent more time with the HTML editor than anything else because it will thrown in its own code any chance it gets, but after all that, I come to find that my new job uses PBWorks so I guess it was worth it after all. (Really, though, I think that someone mentioned it and it became a “library trend.” But after playing around with a Wikipedia-like Wiki, I somehow manage to still prefer PBWorks.)

      It’s difficult to make friends online, so the entire experience can be a lonely one. There’s so much to do that unless you’re in a group project with some great people, you don’t really get the chance to bond. As I was a single parent at the time, moving around quite a bit, it was a pretty isolating experience for me. On the other hand, the people I did “meet” have generally stuck, thanks to Facebook, and we carried each other through classes that are a pain in the butt online (maybe irl too, IDK, but omg, Cataloging).

      Still, despite the difficulties and the debt, my new job is at least in part due to my Drexel degree, so I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

      If you want to know even more, let me know and I’ll email you.

      • December 16, 2010 2:57 pm

        Thanks so much, Alana! I’m leaning more toward an online degree for a couple of reasons. The first is that my husband was just hired for a full-time teaching position at a local community college, and we’d like to stick around and let the money come in for a little bit before spending it on moving. The other is that all of our friends are here, and I’m not terribly anxious to say goodbye to them just yet.

        I really appreciate your candor about the potential weaknesses a program like this has. I can imagine that some of the more social aspects of librarianship are probably missing when you don’t get to interact in person with your peers. Did you have any type of support system at all? (Like any librarians in real life that you could consult?) I’m pretty fortunate right now–because of my degree, I’ve spent a lot of time in the library and have formed a friendship with a few of the librarians. That might be another benefit if we hang around here…I could probably still go lean on them when I needed to.

        And, on a more personal note, what’s the atmosphere like for a mother in the library? In academia, it’s a little less than supportive. (Like you might get your feminist card revoked if you express that you want to be a wife and a mommy while working. After all, serious scholars tie up their tubes and devote themselves to research. /sarcasm.) That’s another aspect of my current career path that I’m eager to get away from–I actually do want to be a wife, a mom, and a career woman. But I want to be in an environment that won’t make me feel like a traitor for wanting those things.

  3. December 17, 2010 8:32 pm

    I didn’t have a support system because I spent a lot of my time in grad school laid up for one reason or another (back issues, appendectomy). But the couple of times I hit up academic libraries, the librarians there were very helpful.

    At least half of my co-workers are parents, and almost all of them are women. (Tomorrow I’ll be working with a guy for the first time, not counting interaction with IT people.) It’s very working-mother friendly, but–at least in my library–it’s not exactly a thriving hotbed of radical feminism. There’s definitely a traditional bent in librarianship, and then of course the “modern” issue of double duty on top of that. You’ll hear a lot from radical feminist librarians in grad school, most likely, but I haven’t seen them IN the libraries where I live. I don’t live in a city, though. Well, technically I do, but PFFFFT.

  4. June 16, 2014 10:24 pm

    Hi Alana! I’m also from Jersey–central–and love to read, write, haunt libraries, and linger in coffee shops. I’m definitely not a bot…at least last time I checked…and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. 🙂

  5. September 5, 2014 3:46 pm

    Hi Alana,

    Not sure how to submit. Transfixion releases next week. More info here:

    https://jgiambrone.wordpress.com

    I have MOBI and PDF review copies available. Thanks.

    • bookslide permalink*
      September 5, 2014 4:05 pm

      Are you asking if I take submissions for reviews? I usually just review what I have on hand, including ARCs from BEA, but I’ll take a look over at your site and contact you if I think it’s a fit.

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