A Writer's Resource

Volunteers Review Self Published Works in DCL Collection

stock-footage-a-woman-reading-a-book-in-front-of-a-cozy-fireImagine reading books in the comfort of your own home and getting credit for your volunteer time. It’s like eating chocolate and losing weight at the same time.

One of Douglas County Libraries’ many strategic initiatives is guiding first-time authors to get their work published. Once published, there’s an important role that volunteers play to help get these new books noticed.

Our volunteers are busy populating our online catalog with their well-written reviews of these books. This helps bring attention to these works and keeps our catalog lively and fresh. It also helps all of us discover talented writers in our community. These “Volunteer Reviewers” read the book in its entirety and write a three-sentence review on it, which they post in our catalog. They also rate it by choosing the number of stars (out of 5) that they feel it warrants.

When a patron is scanning through items on the catalog, or even typing in a particular request, those books that have been reviewed tend to “pop” on the screen. This invites a closer look.

Not every book is available for this volunteer opportunity, but the selection is quite large. Our goal is primarily to bring attention to our eBook collection and first-time authors. Plus, it’s fun for our volunteers to discover first-time authors or books they wouldn’t have necessarily discovered.

Long-time Castle Pines volunteer Bev Byrd shared, ”As an avid reader of books, both regular and digital, I read a wide variety of genres and authors. Since joining the volunteer reviewers, I have discovered a whole new world of books – through independent publishers and self-publishing authors. Many of these books are as engrossing and well written as the more well-known authors we read. I encourage readers to explore these books and EPUB books from publishers such as Poisoned Pen Press, Book View Cafe and Permanent Press. You won’t be disappointed!”

To learn more about participating as a volunteer reviewer, sign up for the Douglas County Libraries’ Virtual Volunteer opportunity located at www.VolunteerConnectDC.org.

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