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Spotlight on: “Spine Label”

Spine Label ( ) is the brain child of Julia K Riley, a librarian in Austin Texas who is active in YALSA and currently serving on the Advocacy Resources Task Force. This blog is where she shares lit reviews, programming, and philosophy. I especially like the way she identifies common themes in teen lit and compares the offerings. Definitely worth a look!

Why did you start your blog? I wanted to contribute something to the profession, and a blog is the easiest way to do that. Plus, it’s a fun way to keep track of what I’ve read.

How often do you blog/how do you find the time? I  aim for 4-5 posts per week, but sometimes life interferes and I post less than that. I’d much rather write 2 really solid entries than have 5 less eloquent ones. Scheduling posts in advance really helps.

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I love knowing that people are reading it! I like that writing it encourages me to think beyond just my library and look at youth services in a broader sense.

What role do comments play on your blog? I love getting comments but it doesn’t happen all that often! Realistically, I know a lot of people simply don’t comment on blog posts (I’m guilty of doing this myself!). I do really enjoy getting comments from authors when I mention their books.

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