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Anatomy of a Book Review: Why We Write, Why We Read Video

Book reviews have long been a staple of the scholarly conversation. Reviews connect researchers to recent publications, expand the audience for individual titles, and shape the boundaries of what counts as part of the library and information studies literature. At the same time, reviews can reinforce traditional academic hierarchies, particularly in terms of what books are reviewed and who is invited to render their opinion. Outgoing C&RL book review editor Emily Drabinski and a group of recent reviewers discussed the state of the academic book review in this lively conversation from January 20, 2023.


Emily Drabinski, City University of New York

Kaia MacLeod, University of Calgary

Mallary Rawls, Florida State University

Ashley Roach-Freiman, University of Memphis

Charlotte Roh, California Digital Library

Lynne Stahl, Wesleyan University

Darren Sweeper, Montclair State University

Anders Tobiason, Boise State University


View the recording of the Anatomy of a Book Review: Why We Write, Why We Read webcast below or on the ACRL YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/iCIAEFPNkrM.

Copyright Kristen Totleben, Emily Drabinski, Kaia MacLeod, Mallary Rawls, Ashley Roach-Freiman, Charlotte Roh, Lynne Stahl, Darren Sweeper, and Anders Tobiason

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