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  • Serving Fiction Readers in the Library and Beyond Nicole Adams Oshawa Public Libraries October 2013
  • Who am I? Hold a Master in Library and Information Science from FIMS at Western CNIB Library, Boston Public Library and Markham Public Library Held a variety of positions in the Oshawa Public Libraries Vice Chair of OPLA’s Readers’ Advisory Committee
  • Engaging Readers Local Initiatives in public libraries  RA Services, Staff Training  Programs RA Committee  Mandate  Work of the committee
  • Engaging Readers Oshawa Public Libraries Direct Readers' Advisory  One on one recommendations - RA conversation  Personalized Reading Service – form based RA  Visiting Library Service  Outreach – book clubs in the community  Programs for readers
  • Engaging Readers Oshawa Public Libraries Indirect or “Stealth” Readers' Advisory  Read-alike and Themed booklists - print and online  Reading map posters and pathfinders  Shelf talkers  Displays in library and at programs We try to make reading suggestions a part of everything we do
  • Readers' Advisory Training Oshawa Public Libraries  RA librarian offers training each quarter  Genre Talks  Book sharing sessions at staff meetings  Webinars from EI and SOLS  RA Committee's Core Competencies Toolkit  RA in a Day
  • Programs for Readers Mystery Author Festival  Pass the Book (Community Read)  Genre talks and Book Chats  Book Clubs  Book Club in a Bag  Book Club Celebration 
  • Readers’ Advisory Committee Develops and promotes adult RA service in public libraries Provides a forum through which public library staff can meet, exchange ideas, and promote services Ensures educational opportunities are provided for staff working with adult readers
  • Readers’ Advisory Committee Raises the standards and strengthens the guidelines for RA services province-wide Advocates and promotes RA excellence Honours excellence in service to adult readers
  • RA Core Competencies A comprehensive document providing RA training materials. 1. Collection Knowledge 2. Readers’ Service Skills 3. Readers’ Advisory Conversation 4. Reader Development • First 2 competencies are on the OLA website
  • RA Core Competencies 1. Collection Knowledge Understanding of, and familiarity with, the depth and breadth of materials and resources in the branch and/or system, including material in all formats and media, both fiction and non-fiction
  • RA Core Competencies 2. Readers’ Service Skills Developing and maintaining a system for exchanging information in a nonjudgmental environment for the purpose of suggesting reading materials that support the reading interests of our customers.
  • RA Core Competencies 3. Readers’ Advisory Conversation Interacting with readers to match their needs and interests to library materials.    Using interview skills to clarify customers’ interests Assisting and advising customers on the selection of materials in a variety of genres, subjects and formats and at an appropriate reading level Understanding the appeal factors of books,
  • RA Core Competencies 4. Reader Development Developing customers` awareness of their own reading interests, the ability to articulate why certain books appeal, and the ability to make connections to similar books.
  • RA in a Day • A day-long event features the leaders in RA • • • Guest speakers, authors, interactive discussions and roundtables Allows staff across the province to share RA knowledge Recognition of Excellence in Adult RA - Award
  • RA in a Day – themes  The Many Faces of Our Readers:Including Diverse Communities in the Reading Experience  Getting Your Community Reading  Reaching Virtual Readers
  • RA in a Day Speakers’ List • Rachel Van Riel, Opening the Book • Raymond Mar & Keith Oatley, On Fiction • Duncan Smith, NoveList co-founder • Neal Wyatt, non-fiction readers’ advisory • Authors: Terry Fallis, Charlotte Gray, Kelly Armstrong, Deborah Harkness, Elizabeth Ruth
  • How can you get involved? • • • READ and be prepared to talk about your reading in a professional way Be knowledgeable about readers in your community and events they might be interested in Join professional associations and assist with RA programs • Attend events and share in the reading culture • Participate in reading activities in your job
  • No One Reads Anymore?
  • Thank-you and Keep Reading Nicole Adams nadams@oshawalibrary.on.ca