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  • RE-THINKING READERS’ ADVISORYAn Interactive Approach Rebecca Howard, MLIS Laura Raphael, M.A.
  • WHO WE ARE  Tulsa City-County Library  Librarians each with 10+years of public library experience  READERS! Rebecca Howard Laura Raphael
  • WHICH STATEMENT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOU HOPE TO GAIN FROM TODAY’S WEBINAR? I want to know exactly what form-based R.A. is and what it entails. I want to know how to propose and implement a form- based R.A. program at my library. I want to learn how other libraries are doing form- based R.A. and adapt for my library. I want to learn about R.A. resources that will help me with our existing form-based service.
  • YOUR NEXT GREAT READ  Form-based Readers’ Advisory service  Launched in March 2011, but process started much earlier  Served around 1,000+ area readers by providing personalized reading guides
  • HOW… WHAT… WHEN… WHO…  Readers’ Advisory Today  Objective: Describe the challenges and potential shortfalls of current R.A. services.  What is “Form-based Readers’ Advisory”?  Objective: List the benefits of form-based Readers’ Advisory.  Making the Case  Objective: Understand the basic process of proposing this service to your library leaders.  The form of The Form  Recognize the elements of an effective readers’ form.  A “League of Extraordinary Librarians” of Your Own  Describe the competencies of an effective team member.
  • HOW… WHAT… WHEN… WHO… /CON/  The Finished Product – A Personalized Reading Guide  Identify the important elements of a personalized reading guide.  Identify available resources to assist in the development of a personalized reading guide.
  • READERS’ ADVISORY TODAY  Objective: Describe the challenges and potential shortfalls of current R.A. services.
  • POLL: TELL US WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW.  What types of Readers’ Advisory methods do you currently use? Check all that apply.  Interviews (face-to-face interactions)  Virtual (email, chat)  Displays  Programming (book discussions, book talks)  Print media (printed book lists, reviews, posters, etc...)  Social media, blogs  Form-based
  • THE CONVERSATION
  • THE CONVERSATION Reading Addict Blog Slightly skewed book thoughts by seriously dedicated librarians Example list created in Bibliocommons If a Readers’ Advisory Librarian suggests titles in a forest and there is no one to hear …
  • CONVERSATION KILLERS o Specific o Universal
  • CONVERSATION KILLERS  Nature of browsing  Online searching  Self-service Photo used with Creative Commons License: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozyman/
  • CONVERSATION KILLERS  Wait, I can ask you that?  Library staff approached may not be the best person for the job.  Public service desk may not be the best place for R.A. interactions
  • PUBLIC LIBRARY IDEAL . . . Meets public library reality. http://librarianheygirl.tumblr.com/ Photo used with Creative Commons License: http://www.flickr.com/photos/suratlozowick/4544884797/sizes/m/in/ photostream/
  • WHAT IS FORM-BASED READERS’ ADVISORY?  Objective: List the benefits of form-based Readers’ Advisory.
  • FORM-BASED READERS’ ADVISORY
  • Form-based Readers’ Advisory Readers’ Advisory interview Reference interview
  • REFERENCE INTERVIEW  Information Need  Fulfillment
  • READERS ADVISORY INTERVIEW  Personal reading appeals  Possibilities
  • REFERENCE INTERVIEW  Exact, defining the question, business-like READERS ADVISORY INTERVIEW  General, casual, probing for appeals, emotional
  • THE TRADITIONAL RA INTERVIEW
  • READER ASKS QUESTION… Brain goes empty.
  • BENEFITS FOR READERS Allows reader time and space to reflect on what they like and what they want to read next. More likely to result in books & authors they will enjoy.
  • BENEFITS FOR LIBRARIANS Allows librarian time and space to find authors & titles Increases Readers’ Advisory knowledge
  • OTHER BENEFITS  Creates bond between best librarian & reader  Deepens the conversation  Results in a valuable product
  • THE BIGGEST BENEFIT OF ALL  Makes librarians happy!
  • POLL  For your situation, what do you think might be the biggest benefit of form-based Readers’ Advisory?  A. Gives readers time to ponder their reading tastes.  B. Allows librarians to carefully consider a reader’s preferences & reduces “reader asks question… brain goes empty” phenomenon.  C. Deepens the Readers’ Advisory conversation.  D. Results in a valuable “product” from interaction.  E. Engages librarians in rewarding professional activity.
  • MAKING THE CASE  Objective: Understand the basic process of proposing this service to your library leaders.
  • POLL In the last five years have you seen an increase, a decrease, or no change in your library’s budget allocation to readers’ services?
  • WE HEART READERS (and you should, too)!  They love the library.  They use the library.  They support the library. Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading her Kindle. After Mary Cassatt. Via a Creative Commons License.
  • NOW WHAT?  Think like a grant writer.  Elements of a strong proposal:  Statement of Need  Project Description  Resources Required  Scope of Work  Timeline for implementation  Evaluation
  • THE FORM OF THE FORM  Recognize the elements of an effective readers’ form (also called survey, or profile).
  • LONGER OR SHORTER?
  • Vs.
  • POLL:  What length of form do you think might work better for readers at your library?  A. Long – several in-depth sections, like Williamsburg  B. Short – one or two questions, like Seattle  C. Neither/don’t know
  • SHORT-ANSWER OR CIRCLE/SLASH/SELECT?
  • THE BOTTOM LINE…  The best form is the one that will help you create the most comprehensive reading guides
  • ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE FORM:  Easily accessible to both reader & library  Takes thought to complete  Many different “buckets” for information  Conversational  FLEXIBILE
  • SPECIFIC QUESTIONS?
  • TOP 3 PARTS NEEDED:  Favorites books and authors (with explanation, if possible)  Main focus or appeal (characters, setting, language, etc.)  Preferred genres
  • NEXT 3 PARTS (NICE TO HAVE):  Current reading mood  Verbotens  Books and authors they did not like
  • QUESTIONS?
  • BUILDING YOUR TEAM  Describe the competencies of an effective team member.
  • Reads voraciously
  • Likes people
  • Has time & desire to learn more about RA
  • Reads voraciously Likes people Has time & desire to learn more about RA
  • QUICK RESPONSE:  What are 3 words or phrases you would use to describe a good Readers’ Advisor?
  • A GOOD READERS’ ADVISOR…  Smart  Curious  Good listener  Identifies as “reader”  Is open to reading outside comfort zone  Has writing skills  Nonjudgmental – validates readers’ preferences  Passionate about connecting people to books: a belief in the intrinsic value of reading for reading’s sake!  Interpersonal skills
  • http://leagueofextraordinarylibrarians.weebly.com
  • EXTRAORDINARY READERS’ ADVISORS…  Know what they know  Know their stuff  Have a routine  Connect with readers
  • THE BEST TRAINING…  On the job 
  • THE FINISHED PRODUCT  Identify the important elements of a personalized reading guide.  Identify available resources to assist in the development of a personalized reading guide.
  • ELEMENTS OF A READING GUIDE o Pace yourself.
  • KEY COMPONENTS  Appeals
  • Personalized Reading Suggestions for Mitzi Thomas Appeal Factors I selected authors and books based upon the following subject interests and appeal factors: I focused on your request for happy, uplifting books that are sometimes humorous with a sentimental or emotional style. I also chose books that are character driven, have a strong sense of place, and may expose you to new people, places and subjects. I selected both fiction and narrative nonfiction. Please note that some of these books are available in e-book format at the library and all are available in print. Check our “Audio and e-book downloads” page for availability.
  • KEY COMPONENTS  Authors  Titles  Reason for selection
  • THE ICING  Branding  Hyperlinks to catalog  Cross marketing
  • RESOURCES TO USE IN CREATING A GUIDE  NoveList  Early Word (www.earlyword.com)  BookList  Shelf Awareness  Bibliocommons lists  Popular magazines:  People  Entertainment Weekly  O (Oprah)  Real Simple  Ladies Home Journal  Your brain  Other library staff
  • WANT MORE? We’ll be offering a six-week eCourse beginning November 4. Some highlights: 1) Draft your own proposal 2) Create your own reader profile 3) Learn how other libraries are doing form-based R.A. 4) Create a personalized reading guide for a classmate and receive your own, too!
  • QUESTIONS?