Book recommendations used to be the province of reviewers, and their biases were often apparent.
Today, with hypertext, anyone can write a book review, and some sites have software that can analyze what customers buy and read. These tools can help librarians make more accurate book recommendations and keep people interested in new literature. Keeping up with what others are reading can help you make better recommendations.
The library blogosphere, for example, is a great place to start, and if you follow other libraries’ blogs and websites, you’ll be able to see what other people are reading.