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Presentation for KY librarians' Public Library Institute, sponsored by KDLA

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  • The Art of Reader's Advisory Public Library Institute March 16, 2009
  • Angie Howard Asst. Director/Acquisitions N elson County Public Library 201 Cathedral Manor Bardstown, KY 40004 nelsoncopublib.org http://angiereads.blogspot.com [email_address] Use [email_address] to find me on goodreads.com
  • Goals
    • Review what we know about Readers' Advisory.
    • Learn how to apply memory aids to remember what you have read & what is available in your libray.
    • Connect readers with books across the Fiction and Nonfiction line using tags.
    • Use Passive RA to interest readers not in the library.
    • Library 2.0 as a form of communication.
    • Learn to write about books—not complicated.
  • Definitions
    • Readers' Advisory
    • RA Interview
    • Genre & Topics or Subjects in our context
    • Passive RA.
    • Library 2.0
  • RA Interview
    • Reade r's Advisory versus Reader s' Advisory
      • Be personable—make it a conversation
        • Listen
        • Ask: tell me about the last book you read.
          • Why?
          • What?
      • What words do you notice? (appeal)
        • Ask for clarification.
        • Mirror these words in book you choose.
      • Advise, don't recommend.
    • Ask for feedback.
  • FICTION--GENRES
    • How do you label your books?
    • Genres are more flexible than we want to admit.
    • Trust 'appeal' over genre anytime.
    • What does the cover tell you?
    • Some titles fit under 'headings', not genres.
    • Fiction genres resemble NF types.
      • Do all readers like both?
      • What NF book matches your favorite genre/book/author?
  • DESCRIBING FICTION
      Pacing Character Story Line Frame/Tone Style
  • Action/Adventure
    • 'Appeal' words.
    • Some types:
      • Spy novels/Historical (Nazis)
      • Political Intrigue and Terrorism
      • Financial Intrigue/Espionage
      • Disaster
      • Wild Frontier & Exotic Lands
      • Soldier of Fortune
      • Military Adventure/Historical
  • Thriller
    • 'Appeal' words.
    • Some types:
      • Biothrillers
      • Christian-themed Thrillers
      • Cipher Thrillers
      • Detective/Perpetrator Thriller
      • Legal Thrillers
      • Technothrillers
  • Suspense
    • 'Appeal' words.
    • Some types:
      • Damsel/Child-in-Distress Suspense
      • Rescuer/Unofficial Detective Suspense
      • Romantic Suspense
      • Psychological Suspense
      • “Shoot Out” Suspense
  • Horror
    • 'Appeal' words.
    • Some types:
      • Apocalypse/Post-apocalyptic
      • “Cosmic Paranoia”
      • Demons/Satanism
      • Monsters
      • Occult/Supernatural
      • Psychological 'Horror'
      • Witches/Warlocks
  • Romance
    • 'Appeal' words.
    • Some types:
      • Contemporary
      • “Erotic/Sensual”--in any setting
      • Historical
      • Paranormal
      • Romantic Suspense
      • Saga
      • Time Travel
  • Historical
    • 'Appeal' words.
    • Some types:
      • Biographical
      • Detailed, detailed
      • 'Place-oriented'
      • Sagas
      • 'Time-oriented'
  • Fantasy
    • 'Appeal' words.
    • Some types:
      • Alternate History
      • Bestiary
      • Dark Fantasy
      • 'Epic/Sword & Sorcery'
      • Fairy tales
      • Humorous
      • Myth & Legend-based
      • Urban Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
    • 'Appeal' words.
    • Some types:
      • Adventure
      • Aliens
      • Earth's Children:
        • Dystopia/Futuristic/Social Structures
      • Militaristic
      • Psionic Powers
      • Space Opera
      • Techno SciFi
  • Literary Fiction
    • Award-winning or Classic authors.
    • 'Appeal' words different for each.
    • Differentiated by the following:
      • Character
      • Plot
      • Point of View
      • Style
      • Tone
    • Individual; authors manage to stand out from the crowd by not conforming to standards.
  • Mysteries
    • Appeal Words
    • Types
      • Private Investigators
        • Ex-Cops
        • Amateur Detectives
        • Cozy/Soft-Boiled
        • Hard Boiled.
      • Detective and Crime Squads
      • Crime and Caper
      • Look for Subject and Theme
  • Women's Lives and Relationships
    • Appeal words
    • Some types:
      • Celebration of women's lives & togetherness
      • 'Chick' Lit
        • Humorous
        • Light
      • Current problems & concerns
      • Women overcoming obstacles: emerging from darkness to light
  • Gentle Reads
    • Appeal Words
    • 'G' or 'PG'
    • These books:
      • Celebrate community and family
      • Christian fiction, but not always
      • Humorous
      • Romance—not too heavy
      • Can be written by male authors
  • Other Genres/Headings
    • Christian Fiction—Keep Readers
      • Appeal?
      • Other genres contained under this heading
    • Graphic Novels—Draw in New Readers
      • Comic-book based
      • Creative way of telling a story
      • 'Novelistic'
    • African-American Authors—Draw in Patrons
      • Write in most genres
      • Have some sub-genres of their own
  • NF—Why treat it like Fiction?
    • Popularity has increased.
    • Many books written in 'creative fiction' format.
      • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote--1st
    • We can look at these titles using the following:
      • Pacing
      • Character
      • Story Line
        • Include Narrative Content
        • Facts over narrative
  • NF—Why treat it like Fiction?
    • More: we can look at these titles using the following:
      • Detail
      • Learning vs. Experiencing format (Frame)
      • Setting (Frame)
      • Tone
      • Language
    • How do we catalog or categorize these books?
    • Does it help or hurt readership to separate?
    • Dewey decimal system—hindrance or help?
  • Genres/Topics
    • Add Food/Cooking to list
    • Adventure/Survival/Exploration/Disaster
    • Biography & Memoir
      • Most popular topic
    • Cont. Issues/Politics (Collection Development?)
    • Crime and Criminals
    • History—General and Specific—more topical
  • Genres/Topics cont'd
    • Nature/Animals/Natural History
    • Popular Science—more topical
    • Self-Help/Inspirational
    • Sociology/Popular Culture
    • Sports
    • Travelogues/Travels
    • Compare to fiction genres: setting, detail, character, learning, language, setting, tone
  • Format
    • Audio--CD
      • Reader important
      • Length important
    • Playaways
    • Downloadables
      • Availability of fast internet
      • Terminal at library
  • Library Increases RA Information
    • Passive RA
      • WEB PRESENCE
      • Librarything.com or other wiki online
      • Subject/Book mapping
    • Dear Reader/similar service nelsoncopublib.org
    • In house RA?
      • Displays
      • Lists
      • Sections/Subjects well-marked
      • Fiction?
  • Librarians Learn More
    • Be prepared for RA questions.
    • At work: Quiz yourself; use memory aids to determine books' contents. Were you right?
    • At work: Read a book in 10 minutes (at break)
    • At work: Map a book as a group project
    • Keep list of books you read, in book, or online:
      • www.librarything.com
      • www.goodreads.com
      • www.shelfari.com
  • Librarians Learn More
    • Write—keep list of books you read
    • Write--annotations
    • Write—answers to questions to 10 min. reads
    • Start—6 to one year 5 book challenge. Read 5-10 books in a genre/topic you're not familiar with.
    • Challenge others.
  • Librarians Learn More
    • Try NF matrix format & try on Fic titles
    • Find ways to share—online & in house
    • Consider a blog for self or group
  • The Future of RA:
    • More genre flux
    • Whole Collection RA service
    • Check out RA sites regularly
    • Look for experiments online & with catalogs
    • Keep up with formats
    • Keep in touch with readers at library and online
    • IS AT YOUR LIBRARY.
    • Ask yourself: how much do I already know?