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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.
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.
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!
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.