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Book Evaluation Program

New Procedures for Book Evaluation

Welcome back book evaluators. As we begin our first book eval meetings for 2005-2006 there are a few new procedures to discuss.

  1. Book Eval has going paperless! We are now using the NJ State Library's online Book Review System at:  

    • All reviews will be entered online by logging in at:  and typing (or cutting/pasting) your reviews.

    • Your username is your last name followed by your first initial (i.e. brombergp, bakera.)  Your password has been set to bookeval but you are encouraged to change this when you first log in.

  2. We will no longer be sending paper reviews directly to the publishers.  Publishers are being informed that they can search book reviews at  Other regional book evaluation groups have been doing it this way for a while.  The publishers do not object. 

  3. Books will be tracked by each individual in West and South groups. 

    • Each reviewer is asked to maintain and update a tracking sheet that lists the number of books that you select and return for review. (The Coordinator will maintain the tracking sheets for people who review by CD&L). The list will detail only the number of books taken and the number of books returned.

    • The tracking sheet is updated at each meeting and turned in to the meeting moderator. The moderator will then forward all tracking sheets back to the Coordinator. At the beginning of each meeting, the tracking sheets will be given back to reviewers for updating.

    • You may select half of the books you review to keep immediately. After the other half of your books are reviewed and returned at the next meeting or delivery, please put a checkmark in the upper right corner of the front fly leaf page of the book so that the Coordinator knows it has been reviewed and you are not keeping those books. Again, you are entitled to half of the books you review in the online database at the time you review them. You must send the other half back. You may have no more than 30 carryovers from each meeting or delivery.

These changes will make Book Eval coordination more efficient and much less time consuming. If anyone is interested in coordinating the Book Eval program in the future please contact our current Coordinator Jean Wipf at  You get LOTS OF FREE BOOKS!

Important Links

For more information on the Book Evaluation Program, including registration form and schedule, Check out the Book Evaluation Page


NOTE: Cooperative Services are now being managed by Infolink.  Please contact them with questions or requests for service.

It has been a sincere pleasure serving you!

If you need to contact us regarding SJRLC business after 8/27/10 please call 856-575-1390 or email Karen Hyman at
or Peter Bromberg at

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