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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 nelsoncopub...
Goals <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Definitions <ul><li>Readers' Advisory
RA Interview
Genre & Topics or Subjects in our context
Passive RA.
Library 2.0 </li></ul>
RA Interview <ul><li>Reade r's  Advisory versus Reader s'  Advisory </li><ul><li>Be personable—make it a conversation </li...
Ask: tell me about the last book you read. </li><ul><li>Why?
What? </li></ul></ul><li>What words do you notice? (appeal) </li><ul><li>Ask for clarification.
Mirror these words in book you choose. </li></ul><li>Advise, don't recommend. </li></ul><li>Ask for feedback. </li></ul>
FICTION--GENRES <ul><li>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. </li><ul><li>Do all readers like both?
What NF book matches your favorite genre/book/author? </li></ul></ul>
DESCRIBING FICTION <ul>Pacing Character Story Line Frame/Tone Style </ul>
Action/Adventure <ul><li>'Appeal' words.
Some types: </li><ul><li>Spy novels/Historical (Nazis)
Political Intrigue and Terrorism
Financial Intrigue/Espionage
Disaster
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    1. 1. The Art of Reader's Advisory Public Library Institute March 16, 2009
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. Goals <ul><li>Review what we know about Readers' Advisory.
    4. 4. Learn how to apply memory aids to remember what you have read & what is available in your libray.
    5. 5. Connect readers with books across the Fiction and Nonfiction line using tags.
    6. 6. Use Passive RA to interest readers not in the library.
    7. 7. Library 2.0 as a form of communication.
    8. 8. Learn to write about books—not complicated. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Definitions <ul><li>Readers' Advisory
    10. 10. RA Interview
    11. 11. Genre & Topics or Subjects in our context
    12. 12. Passive RA.
    13. 13. Library 2.0 </li></ul>
    14. 14. RA Interview <ul><li>Reade r's Advisory versus Reader s' Advisory </li><ul><li>Be personable—make it a conversation </li><ul><li>Listen
    15. 15. Ask: tell me about the last book you read. </li><ul><li>Why?
    16. 16. What? </li></ul></ul><li>What words do you notice? (appeal) </li><ul><li>Ask for clarification.
    17. 17. Mirror these words in book you choose. </li></ul><li>Advise, don't recommend. </li></ul><li>Ask for feedback. </li></ul>
    18. 18. FICTION--GENRES <ul><li>How do you label your books?
    19. 19. Genres are more flexible than we want to admit.
    20. 20. Trust 'appeal' over genre anytime.
    21. 21. What does the cover tell you?
    22. 22. Some titles fit under 'headings', not genres.
    23. 23. Fiction genres resemble NF types. </li><ul><li>Do all readers like both?
    24. 24. What NF book matches your favorite genre/book/author? </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. DESCRIBING FICTION <ul>Pacing Character Story Line Frame/Tone Style </ul>
    26. 26. Action/Adventure <ul><li>'Appeal' words.
    27. 27. Some types: </li><ul><li>Spy novels/Historical (Nazis)
    28. 28. Political Intrigue and Terrorism
    29. 29. Financial Intrigue/Espionage
    30. 30. Disaster
    31. 31. Wild Frontier & Exotic Lands
    32. 32. Soldier of Fortune
    33. 33. Military Adventure/Historical </li></ul></ul>
    34. 34. Thriller <ul><li>'Appeal' words.
    35. 35. Some types: </li><ul><li>Biothrillers
    36. 36. Christian-themed Thrillers
    37. 37. Cipher Thrillers
    38. 38. Detective/Perpetrator Thriller
    39. 39. Legal Thrillers
    40. 40. Technothrillers </li></ul></ul>
    41. 41. Suspense <ul><li>'Appeal' words.
    42. 42. Some types: </li><ul><li>Damsel/Child-in-Distress Suspense
    43. 43. Rescuer/Unofficial Detective Suspense
    44. 44. Romantic Suspense
    45. 45. Psychological Suspense
    46. 46. “Shoot Out” Suspense </li></ul></ul>
    47. 47. Horror <ul><li>'Appeal' words.
    48. 48. Some types: </li><ul><li>Apocalypse/Post-apocalyptic
    49. 49. “Cosmic Paranoia”
    50. 50. Demons/Satanism
    51. 51. Monsters
    52. 52. Occult/Supernatural
    53. 53. Psychological 'Horror'
    54. 54. Witches/Warlocks </li></ul></ul>
    55. 55. Romance <ul><li>'Appeal' words.
    56. 56. Some types: </li><ul><li>Contemporary
    57. 57. “Erotic/Sensual”--in any setting
    58. 58. Historical
    59. 59. Paranormal
    60. 60. Romantic Suspense
    61. 61. Saga
    62. 62. Time Travel </li></ul></ul>
    63. 63. Historical <ul><li>'Appeal' words.
    64. 64. Some types: </li><ul><li>Biographical
    65. 65. Detailed, detailed
    66. 66. 'Place-oriented'
    67. 67. Sagas
    68. 68. 'Time-oriented' </li></ul></ul>
    69. 69. Fantasy <ul><li>'Appeal' words.
    70. 70. Some types: </li><ul><li>Alternate History
    71. 71. Bestiary
    72. 72. Dark Fantasy
    73. 73. 'Epic/Sword & Sorcery'
    74. 74. Fairy tales
    75. 75. Humorous
    76. 76. Myth & Legend-based
    77. 77. Urban Fantasy </li></ul></ul>
    78. 78. Science Fiction <ul><li>'Appeal' words.
    79. 79. Some types: </li><ul><li>Adventure
    80. 80. Aliens
    81. 81. Earth's Children: </li><ul><li>Dystopia/Futuristic/Social Structures </li></ul><li>Militaristic
    82. 82. Psionic Powers
    83. 83. Space Opera
    84. 84. Techno SciFi </li></ul></ul>
    85. 85. Literary Fiction <ul><li>Award-winning or Classic authors.
    86. 86. 'Appeal' words different for each.
    87. 87. Differentiated by the following: </li><ul><li>Character
    88. 88. Plot
    89. 89. Point of View
    90. 90. Style
    91. 91. Tone </li></ul><li>Individual; authors manage to stand out from the crowd by not conforming to standards. </li></ul>
    92. 92. Mysteries <ul><li>Appeal Words
    93. 93. Types </li><ul><li>Private Investigators </li><ul><li>Ex-Cops
    94. 94. Amateur Detectives
    95. 95. Cozy/Soft-Boiled
    96. 96. Hard Boiled. </li></ul><li>Detective and Crime Squads
    97. 97. Crime and Caper
    98. 98. Look for Subject and Theme </li></ul></ul>
    99. 99. Women's Lives and Relationships <ul><li>Appeal words
    100. 100. Some types: </li><ul><li>Celebration of women's lives & togetherness
    101. 101. 'Chick' Lit </li><ul><li>Humorous
    102. 102. Light </li></ul><li>Current problems & concerns
    103. 103. Women overcoming obstacles: emerging from darkness to light </li></ul></ul>
    104. 104. Gentle Reads <ul><li>Appeal Words
    105. 105. 'G' or 'PG'
    106. 106. These books: </li><ul><li>Celebrate community and family
    107. 107. Christian fiction, but not always
    108. 108. Humorous
    109. 109. Romance—not too heavy
    110. 110. Can be written by male authors </li></ul></ul>
    111. 111. Other Genres/Headings <ul><li>Christian Fiction—Keep Readers </li><ul><li>Appeal?
    112. 112. Other genres contained under this heading </li></ul><li>Graphic Novels—Draw in New Readers </li><ul><li>Comic-book based
    113. 113. Creative way of telling a story
    114. 114. 'Novelistic' </li></ul><li>African-American Authors—Draw in Patrons </li><ul><li>Write in most genres
    115. 115. Have some sub-genres of their own </li></ul></ul>
    116. 116. NF—Why treat it like Fiction? <ul><li>Popularity has increased.
    117. 117. Many books written in 'creative fiction' format. </li><ul><li>In Cold Blood by Truman Capote--1st </li></ul><li>We can look at these titles using the following: </li><ul><li>Pacing
    118. 118. Character
    119. 119. Story Line </li><ul><li>Include Narrative Content
    120. 120. Facts over narrative </li></ul></ul></ul>
    121. 121. NF—Why treat it like Fiction? <ul><li>More: we can look at these titles using the following: </li><ul><li>Detail
    122. 122. Learning vs. Experiencing format (Frame)
    123. 123. Setting (Frame)
    124. 124. Tone
    125. 125. Language </li></ul><li>How do we catalog or categorize these books?
    126. 126. Does it help or hurt readership to separate?
    127. 127. Dewey decimal system—hindrance or help? </li></ul>
    128. 128. Genres/Topics <ul><li>Add Food/Cooking to list
    129. 129. Adventure/Survival/Exploration/Disaster
    130. 130. Biography & Memoir </li><ul><li>Most popular topic </li></ul><li>Cont. Issues/Politics (Collection Development?)
    131. 131. Crime and Criminals
    132. 132. History—General and Specific—more topical </li></ul>
    133. 133. Genres/Topics cont'd <ul><li>Nature/Animals/Natural History
    134. 134. Popular Science—more topical
    135. 135. Self-Help/Inspirational
    136. 136. Sociology/Popular Culture
    137. 137. Sports
    138. 138. Travelogues/Travels
    139. 139. Compare to fiction genres: setting, detail, character, learning, language, setting, tone </li></ul>
    140. 140. Format <ul><li>Audio--CD </li><ul><li>Reader important
    141. 141. Length important </li></ul><li>Playaways
    142. 142. Downloadables </li><ul><li>Availability of fast internet
    143. 143. Terminal at library </li></ul></ul>
    144. 144. Library Increases RA Information <ul><li>Passive RA </li><ul><li>WEB PRESENCE
    145. 145. Librarything.com or other wiki online
    146. 146. Subject/Book mapping </li></ul><li>Dear Reader/similar service nelsoncopublib.org
    147. 147. In house RA? </li><ul><li>Displays
    148. 148. Lists
    149. 149. Sections/Subjects well-marked
    150. 150. Fiction? </li></ul></ul>
    151. 151. Librarians Learn More <ul><li>Be prepared for RA questions.
    152. 152. At work: Quiz yourself; use memory aids to determine books' contents. Were you right?
    153. 153. At work: Read a book in 10 minutes (at break)
    154. 154. At work: Map a book as a group project
    155. 155. Keep list of books you read, in book, or online: </li><ul><li>www.librarything.com
    156. 156. www.goodreads.com
    157. 157. www.shelfari.com </li></ul></ul>
    158. 158. Librarians Learn More <ul><li>Write—keep list of books you read
    159. 159. Write--annotations
    160. 160. Write—answers to questions to 10 min. reads
    161. 161. Start—6 to one year 5 book challenge. Read 5-10 books in a genre/topic you're not familiar with.
    162. 162. Challenge others. </li></ul>
    163. 163. Librarians Learn More <ul><li>Try NF matrix format & try on Fic titles
    164. 164. Find ways to share—online & in house
    165. 165. Consider a blog for self or group </li></ul>
    166. 166. The Future of RA: <ul><li>More genre flux
    167. 167. Whole Collection RA service
    168. 168. Check out RA sites regularly
    169. 169. Look for experiments online & with catalogs
    170. 170. Keep up with formats
    171. 171. Keep in touch with readers at library and online
    172. 172. IS AT YOUR LIBRARY.
    173. 173. Ask yourself: how much do I already know? </li></ul>
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