Art of Readres' Advisory

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