About In the Stacks

For the most recent iteration of In the Stacks, please visit our landing page for the Librarian Brain database products.

In the Stacks is a place for book discovery, expertly curated by Librarians. ITS a web portal that aggregates book content produced by librarians. Both the apps and plugin products provide librarian book recommendations generated by combining top librarian picks with user preferences, and allow users to locate books near them or online. Watch the product video here.

In the Stacks is the first video book review program hosted by a librarian. Created by librarian Michelle Zaffino in 2008 for a graduate project and registered at that time, In the Stacks features episodes of Michelle’s and our guest librarians’ reviews of new books currently out there in the stacks. All genres are covered, from adult to teen fiction, non-fiction, fantasy and mystery. In the Stacks is the seed for a larger digital library initiative, a channel consisting of aggregated book content from libraries around the world. To have your book reviewed or to form a strategic partnership with ITS, please contact us at michelle@inthestacks.tv, or make a request here.

About Michelle Zaffino

Michelle Zaffino is a digital librarian and information architect in San Francisco, with over 10 years of content experience, including magazine and online publishing, writing, UX, content strategy and management, copywriting and editing. She worked in New York for several Hearst publications, and while managing the research department at Marie Claire, she wrote Does Your Man Need A Makeover?, which inspired tv’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

She’s been published in Marie Claire, Redbook, Sports Afield, SEEN, Double Negative, Sportswear International, IndiePlanet, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, The Bold Italic, Her Fab Life, the Sephora blog, Eco Fashion World, Eco to the People and In the Stacks video book review. She recently completed her first teen novel, How Good It Can Be, a sequel, The Love Quad, a historical novel for teens, and is currently working on a series for young adults and a memoir.

In 2012 Michelle graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences with a MLIS (3.825 final gpa) and is founder of the digital library/publishing startup In the Stacks.tv, creators of the Librarian Brain.

Through the experience of writing 3 novels and earning her graduate degree, Michelle realized that whether your book is indie or traditionally published, book discovery is broken, so she learned to code, in order to build products to fix it. In the Stacks is her way of sharing good books with the readers who love them. As video continues to expand, so will the In the Stacks digital library, and the Librarian Brain was born out of our love for metadata. More at www.michellezaffino.com.


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