What is Loan Stars?

Loan Stars is the readers’ advisory tool that allows libraries across Canada to indicate popular upcoming titles. Using LibraryData, the library data aggregation service, the forthcoming titles with the most orders become Loan Stars top picks! Along with Adult and Junior lists, Loan Stars periodically releases lists identifying the top-ordered Canadian-authored titles as well as genre-specific lists.

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About Loan Stars

Loan Stars is managed by a group of hard-working members of the public library and publishing communities:


  • Jackie Fry – BookNet Canada
  • Jefferson Gilbert – Canadian Urban Libraries Council

Library Representatives

  • Anthea Baillie - Markham Public Library
  • Caroline Land - Edmonton Public Library
  • Emily Hollingshead – Drumheller Public Library
  • Jennifer Green – Oshawa Public Library
  • Kat Drennan-Scace – Hamilton Public Library
  • Kristen Caschera – London Public Library
  • Kristine den Boon - Marigold Public Library
  • Jessie Pepin - Cochrane Public Library
  • Michael Warner – Toronto Public Library

Publisher and Vendor Representatives

  • Jesse Glibbery – House of Anansi Press
  • Karen Jakubczak – OverDrive
  • Laura Gaughan Rock - Literary Press Group
  • Lorraine Kelly - Simon & Schuster
  • Mary Giuliano - Penguin Random House Canada


  • Edmund Salt – Whitehots
  • Michael Gray – Library Bound

Industry Organizations

  • Holly Kent – Ontario Book Publishers Organization
Loan Stars also acknowledges the tremendous effort put forth by staff at BookNet Canada with support from the Canadian Urban Libraries Council.

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