One of the best things about the internet is how much easier it's made sharing information and opinions across geographic boundaries. Aside from Amazon reviews or comments made on blogs and YouTube, online tools have made it much easier for librarians to compare and share all kinds of information to help us provide you with better resources. Whereas we used to rely on magazines like Library Journal or pricey conferences for this sort of sharing, now we can just click on a link and read what a librarian friend has to say about an author, a program, or a policy.
As the Santa Fe Public Library has been building up its Young Adult, aka Teen, book collection, I've been paying special attention to the recommendations from my Teen Librarian pals around the country in addition to traditional resources like YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). Aside from getting information from emails and Facebook posts, one of my fave librarians has a column devoted to Young Adult fiction. Her most recent recommendation is Sarah Dessen's novels, and other topics include Award Winners, Booklists, and Book Reviews. While the librarian's location in Upstate New York makes her Local Author posts a little less local to us, it's interesting to read about a lively teen literary scene in another part of the country.