Reader’s Advisory

    RA In a Nutshell
What is RA?
 Includes a wide variety of practices for
 connecting people to books.
 Includes non-fiction as well as fictio...
Why Reader’s Advisory?
Improves customer satisfaction
Improves library image
Keeps libraries competitive with retail
book ...
How to Become a RA Pro
 Read a lot; read widely; try new genres.
 Learn to think in terms of “readalikes”.
 Keep a reader’...
RA Online
HCPL website –       Book store/publisher
Books and            websites
Reading              Genre websites
Nove...
RA at HCPL
RA in the Stacks
 Create a Reader’s Advisory station or
 “Reader’s Corner” in your library
 Stimulate reading with: displa...
What is RA?
Includes a wide variety of practices for
connecting people to books.
Includes non-fiction as well as fiction.
...
The RA Interview
Never apologize for your reading tastes or
disparage anyone else’s.
Listen to the reader.
Ask descriptive...
The RA Interview
Never apologize for your reading tastes or
disparage anyone else’s.
Listen to the reader.
Ask descriptive...
Webliography

• Reader’s Advisory Tools for Adults: a Five
  Year Retrospective Selected Bibliography
  http://harriet/adu...
Genre Respect

 Lessons from Ursula K. Le Guin
“Genre: A Word only a Frenchman
            Could Love”
 Public Libraries, ...
“Genre” is…
 • “a kind or style,
   especially of art or
   literature” -- Oxford
   English Dictionary
 • a valid descrip...
“All judgment of a category of
literature as inherently superior or
inferior is tripe.”
• Genres are not static.
  They can combine, cross,
  and transgress.
• Any Genre can be
  formulized, but Genre and
  For...
“There are many bad books.
There are no bad genres.”
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  1. 1. Reader’s Advisory RA In a Nutshell
  2. 2. What is RA? Includes a wide variety of practices for connecting people to books. Includes non-fiction as well as fiction. Many of the same techniques can be used for audiovisual advisory. Helps people better understand their reading tastes.
  3. 3. Why Reader’s Advisory? Improves customer satisfaction Improves library image Keeps libraries competitive with retail book providers
  4. 4. How to Become a RA Pro Read a lot; read widely; try new genres. Learn to think in terms of “readalikes”. Keep a reader’s journal and write annotations. Read reviews. Browse bookstores. Familiarize yourself with book-related electronic tools. Investigate speed reading.
  5. 5. RA Online HCPL website – Book store/publisher Books and websites Reading Genre websites Novelist ReadingGroupGuides. Author websites & com Internet searches Bookbrowse.com Fiction_L listserv
  6. 6. RA at HCPL
  7. 7. RA in the Stacks Create a Reader’s Advisory station or “Reader’s Corner” in your library Stimulate reading with: displays, shelf talkers, book lists, bookmarks, flyers, posters. Subscribe to Book Page (as a freebie for customers). Be proactive in suggesting books to customers.
  8. 8. What is RA? Includes a wide variety of practices for connecting people to books. Includes non-fiction as well as fiction. Many of the same techniques can be used for audiovisual advisory. Helps people better understand their reading tastes.
  9. 9. The RA Interview Never apologize for your reading tastes or disparage anyone else’s. Listen to the reader. Ask descriptive questions. Restate their answers. Explain what you are doing as you search. Give them choices, if possible. Ask them to come back and give their opinion (or not).
  10. 10. The RA Interview Never apologize for your reading tastes or disparage anyone else’s. Listen to the reader. Ask descriptive questions. Restate their answers. Explain what you are doing as you search. Give them choices, if possible. Ask them to come back and give their opinion (or not).
  11. 11. Webliography • Reader’s Advisory Tools for Adults: a Five Year Retrospective Selected Bibliography http://harriet/adult_services/ratools.htm Located on Harriet in the Adult Services section.
  12. 12. Genre Respect Lessons from Ursula K. Le Guin “Genre: A Word only a Frenchman Could Love” Public Libraries, January/February 2005
  13. 13. “Genre” is… • “a kind or style, especially of art or literature” -- Oxford English Dictionary • a valid descriptive category • not a value category
  14. 14. “All judgment of a category of literature as inherently superior or inferior is tripe.”
  15. 15. • Genres are not static. They can combine, cross, and transgress. • Any Genre can be formulized, but Genre and Formula are two different things. • To put a Genre label on a book ensures a safe, but limited audience.
  16. 16. “There are many bad books. There are no bad genres.”
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