Tag Archives: reader’s advisory

Reader’s Advisory Infopeople Course

 If you’ve never taken a course in Reader’s Advisory, you really should.  And for those green librarians in your libraries who are just starting out, it’s invaluable.  Once you get a flair for it, doing RA is one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of librarianship (in this writer’s opinion, anyway). 

Readers’ Advisory Fundamentals
An Infopeople online course, August 20, 2013 to September 16, 2013

Do you find yourself recommending the same book, or few books, over and over when a library user asks for suggestions? When approached by someone who wants to hear about good books in a genre you don’t know or appreciate, do you go looking for a staff member who does? In this course instructor Francisca Goldsmith will introduce you to:

·        Readers’ advisory interview techniques

·        Appeal factors in fiction and nonfiction

·        Recognizing coworkers and community members as collaborators in readers advisory

·        Measuring user satisfaction in readers advisory services

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

For a complete course description and to register go to http://infopeople.org/training/readers-advisory-fundamentals-0

NOTE: This course is approved as covering the Adult Reader’s Advisory competencies for the LSSC program in conjunction with Beyond Books: Advanced Reader’s Advisory.

Booklist Webinars

If you are ever wondering what to read next, and aren’t up to date on what’s recent, check out Booklist’s free, archived webinars.  If you’ve never listened to one of these, they are generally a lot of fun, with some good variety mixed in within a genre.  I listened to a Christian Fiction webinar through Booklist before, and was impressed by how many publishers and types were included.

Woman perusing bookshelves

Book Club Questions Answered!

This site has been around for a while, so you may have heard of it already.  ReadingGroupGuides is helpful, because not only does it list discussion questions for thousands of popular book club titles, but it also has a list of what is the most popular, and how to get a book club going.

In addition, it also offers some opportunity for interaction, with polling questions, and becoming a formally registered book club.  Authors, librarians and booksellers are interviewed as well, and there are giveaways and opportunities to win books.

So, the next time a patron asks you what their club should read, you can wow them by giving them a title, and a list of discussion questions to go with it!

Abridged book club cartoon

Booklist’s Mystery Webinar

If you’ve never taken advantage of any of Booklist’s webinars on what is upcoming and hot in a particular genre, you’re really missing out.  They are free, informative, and give the listener a lot of good ideas for what to read next, and naturally, that information is passed on to your library patrons.  Next Tuesday, 11 a.m. Pacific time, mysteries will be the highlighted genre.  Representatives from five different publishers will be sharing what is the hottest off of their presses.  Register here.

Teens’ Top Ten

Yalsa has released its top ten nominations for teen reads.  Check it out here!

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Children’s Literature Update 2012 Webinar

Title:  Children’s Literature Update 2012

Presenter:  Penny Peck

Format:  Webinar

Date:  Thursday, February 2, 2012

Start Time:

12 Noon Pacific
1PM Mountain
2PM Central
3PM Eastern

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge and registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No Passwords are required.  For Tips and Registration Information, please go to http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/tips.html

For more information and to participate in the Thursday, February 2, 2012 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/children%E2%80%99s-literature-update-2012

Frustrated that you cannot think of a recommendation when a child asks for a “good book to read?”    Tired of recommending the same books because you can’t think of anything new to recommend to a child visiting the library?

Discover the new books that you can recommend to children who use your library! Hear about books published in 2011, and upcoming Spring 2012 titles, that will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more!  Hear about books that will appeal to the “reluctant reader,” boys who may have drifted away from reading, and books that will have popularity with a wide audience of children.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  •     Be able to identify “read-alikes” – other books you can recommend to children after you find out their favorite book
  •     Discover books that will grab the attention of reluctant readers, including the newest graphic novels for kids, nonfiction including “gross” topics, and popular culture titles
  •     Hear a recap of the recent ALA awards (such as Newbery, Caldecott, etc.) and other recent children’s book awards, to make sure you have these available to recommend
  •     Take away a list of helpful websites to use when doing readers’ advisory, and sites that will help you keep up-to-date on the latest children’s books

This webinar will be of interest to any library staff or volunteer who serves children ages 0-12, in either public or school libraries.

Do you require an accommodation?
Closed captioning will be provided upon request. For this service, please notify ipweb@infopeople.org at least 72 hours before the webinar.
If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:

http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived