SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE
TIME: READER’S ADVISORY
FOR ALL OF US
SWFLN Library Staff Day,
April 30, 2014
Book shelves of the...
RA Speed Dating
Spend 2
minutes asking
about your
neighbor’s
reading
preferences,
Couples saying goodnight
in front of FS...
What is Reader's Advisory
(RA)?
 ―the act of putting
people together with
the books they love‖ –
Diana Tixier Herald,
Gen...
Rosenberg's First Rule of
Reading
Never apologiz
e for your
reading tastes
Goetz, Chuck. Brothers at
the Leon County Publ...
Other RA Rules To Live By
 ―Every reader his [or
her] book. Every book
its reader. Save the
time of the reader.‖-
S. R. R...
Anxiety Producing?
 ―One of the biggest
deterrents to doing readers'
advisory is fear:
that awful feeling I don't know
an...
Answers
1., k (fantasy, Lamentation, by Ken Scholes)
2., 1 (science fiction, House of Suns, by Alastair Reynolds)
3., b (h...
So Where to Start?
5 out of 5
Librarians on
Fiction-L agree
Librarian shelving books
at Leon County Public
Library in Tal...
What is this RA Interview?
 Different from a
traditional reference
interview
 The goal
 Direct questions often
don't wo...
What is this RA Interview? Con’t
 Go at it sideways. Is
there an author you
have always enjoyed
(or tv show or
movie)?
 ...
What is this RA Interview? Con’t
 Stuck?
 Don’t judge
 Suggest
 If you haven’t read it
 Explain
 Maintain eye contac...
Nordstrom Theory of Reader’s
Advisory
Give three book options to the
advisee:
 One very similar book to the
book they enj...
RA Pet Peeve
Or why
appeal
factors
matter
 One of the things that frustrates me
about "readalike" sites is that they
assu...
The ―IT‖ Factor‖: Appeal or
Doorway?
 A book with a
particular ―feel‖-Joyce
Saricks
 When we…read the
first few pages, a...
Appeal Factors Versus
Doorways
 Characterization
 Storyline
 Frame
 Pacing
 Appeal is the
keystone to RA
 Character
...
RA for Nonfiction-Sarah Statz
Cords
 It's all about subject;
subject has nothing
to do with it
 Nonfiction is not
contai...
RA for Nonfiction-Others
Catherine Sheldrick
 Ambivalent
 Exclusive=―real‖
 Interruptions
 To be entertained and
―take...
Other Factors
Elements
the
reader
DOESN’
T want in
a book*
Formats
or
categorie
s Lahart, David. Web Worms. State Archives...
The Missing Appeal Factor?
 MOOD
 What are you in the
mood for today?
 What do you feel
like reading,
watching, listeni...
Finding Appeal Factors-Kathryn
Bergeron
The mood…stylized and captivating. The plot
centers around…social differences, and...
Finding Appeal Factors-Kathryn
Bergeron
…privileged Gotham golden girl….disturbingly
damaged women of Edgar-finalist Flynn...
RA for Children
 I don’t know what I
like but I know it
when I see it
 Age/Grade/Stage
 Too easy/Too hard
 Fun/Homewor...
RA for Teens
 Life changing;
connection
 Respect, sharing of
time and openness
 Active and
empathetic listening
 Speci...
Passive RA
 Displays
 Whole collection
 Blind date with a
book
 Booklists
 Take it to the stacks
 Posters/infographi...
Know Thyself, Know Thy
Collection, Know Thy Colleagues,
Know Thy Tools
 Read
 Write
 Prepare
 Keep Current
-Cindy Orr
...
Form Based (Asynchronous)
RA
 Web and paper
 Availability,
legitimacy
 Privacy
 Vocabulary
 Best person for the
job
...
RA on Social Media
Have a Facebook/Twitter
social media session
 Advertise in advance,
have the session ―open‖
for limite...
Social Media as Reader Space
 Turn your social media
accounts into spaces for
readers to engage with
the library and each...
Social Media as Reader Space
con’t
 Follow bookish
accounts and share
posts
 Repurpose content
but make it
appropriate t...
References
Booth, H. (2007). Serving teens through reader’s advisory. Chicago,
IL: ALA Editions.
Chelton, M. K. (2001). RA...
References
Orr, C. (n.d.). Cindy Orr's golden rules of readers' advisory service.
Retrieved from http://www.cindyorr.com/G...
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    1. 1. SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME: READER’S ADVISORY FOR ALL OF US SWFLN Library Staff Day, April 30, 2014 Book shelves of the first circulating library of Miami Beach, Florida. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/42507
    2. 2. RA Speed Dating Spend 2 minutes asking about your neighbor’s reading preferences, Couples saying goodnight in front of FSCW's Bryan Hall - Tallahassee, Florida. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/ite ms/show/25270
    3. 3. What is Reader's Advisory (RA)?  ―the act of putting people together with the books they love‖ – Diana Tixier Herald, Genreflecting  ―patron-oriented library service for adult leisure readers‖ -Joyce Saricks, Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library  The right book for the right reader at the right time  Connecting readers and writers Children reading their books while teddy bear sits alone on the floor. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/142372
    4. 4. Rosenberg's First Rule of Reading Never apologiz e for your reading tastes Goetz, Chuck. Brothers at the Leon County Public Library in Tallahassee during national Children's Book Week. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/it ems/show/264160
    5. 5. Other RA Rules To Live By  ―Every reader his [or her] book. Every book its reader. Save the time of the reader.‖- S. R. Ranganathan’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th Laws of Library Science  ―No two people ever read the same book‖ - Diana Herald, Reader's Advisory Online Blog Kerce, Red. Ryan Edwards lying on the floor reading. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/45661
    6. 6. Anxiety Producing?  ―One of the biggest deterrents to doing readers' advisory is fear: that awful feeling I don't know anything, haven't read enough, and won't know what the patron is asking about.‖ -Joyce Saricks, At Leisure Diamond back rattlesnake. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/i tems/show/149281 You know more than you think…Genre Matching Quiz handout
    7. 7. Answers 1., k (fantasy, Lamentation, by Ken Scholes) 2., 1 (science fiction, House of Suns, by Alastair Reynolds) 3., b (historical romance, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, by Lauren Willis) 4., d (suspense, Runner, by Thomas Perry) 5., h (women's fiction, Very Valentine, by Adriana Trigiani) 6., e (historical fiction, The Passion of Artemisia, by Susan Vreeland) 7., c (mystery, All the Colors of Darkness, by Peter Robinson) 8., g (gentle reads, Back on Blossom Street, by Debbie Macomber) 9., f (honor, Books of Blood, 1-3, by Clive Barker) 10., j (western, Night Hawke, by Stephen Overholser) 11., a (literary fiction, The Echo Maker, by Richard Powers) 12., i (legal thriller, Dirty Blonde, by Lisa Scottoline).
    8. 8. So Where to Start? 5 out of 5 Librarians on Fiction-L agree Librarian shelving books at Leon County Public Library in Tallahassee, Florida. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/i tems/show/262367
    9. 9. What is this RA Interview?  Different from a traditional reference interview  The goal  Direct questions often don't work Thomas, Deborah. Reporter and cameraman on a interview - Tallahassee, Florida. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/113471
    10. 10. What is this RA Interview? Con’t  Go at it sideways. Is there an author you have always enjoyed (or tv show or movie)?  Then introduce appeal factors-pacing characterization, frame, etc. -Cheryl Bryan Miss Florida 1968, Linda Fitts, giving a television interview. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/113471
    11. 11. What is this RA Interview? Con’t  Stuck?  Don’t judge  Suggest  If you haven’t read it  Explain  Maintain eye contact  Take the reader to the books  Ask them to come back -Mary K. Chelton Leon County Public Library bookmobile librarian helping Butch Wagner with book choice in Tallahassee, Florida. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/260 720
    12. 12. Nordstrom Theory of Reader’s Advisory Give three book options to the advisee:  One very similar book to the book they enjoyed  One very close to that book  And take them to another part of the library and find a third that is related -Nancy Pearl Advertisement for shoes. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/item s/show/6050
    13. 13. RA Pet Peeve Or why appeal factors matter  One of the things that frustrates me about "readalike" sites is that they assume every reader is reading a particular book/author for the same reason, which in my experience is not the case-Lynne Schlatter, Shreve Memorial Library Mothers of Twins Club in Tallahassee, Florida. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/261583
    14. 14. The ―IT‖ Factor‖: Appeal or Doorway?  A book with a particular ―feel‖-Joyce Saricks  When we…read the first few pages, and choose to go on, we enter the world of that book-Nancy Pearl  Helps answer not just what people like to read but why? Greetings from Florida. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/259613
    15. 15. Appeal Factors Versus Doorways  Characterization  Storyline  Frame  Pacing  Appeal is the keystone to RA  Character  Story  Setting  Language  In many books, 1 or 2 elements dominate.  Pie chart Joyce Saricks: Appeal Factors Nancy Pearl: Doorways
    16. 16. RA for Nonfiction-Sarah Statz Cords  It's all about subject; subject has nothing to do with it  Nonfiction is not contained by the stacks  Types; styles; genres and subgenres  Not so much escapist as involvist Robert E. Lee High School student Ed Kromberg and his science fair project. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/39074
    17. 17. RA for Nonfiction-Others Catherine Sheldrick  Ambivalent  Exclusive=―real‖  Interruptions  To be entertained and ―take something away‖ Neal Wyatt  ―Reading nonfiction…a different experience than reading fiction.―  Learning/Experiencing Appeal "Worms with fish appeal" sign in Tampa, Florida. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/246559
    18. 18. Other Factors Elements the reader DOESN’ T want in a book* Formats or categorie s Lahart, David. Web Worms. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/96833
    19. 19. The Missing Appeal Factor?  MOOD  What are you in the mood for today?  What do you feel like reading, watching, listening to? -Mary K. Chelton A flock of flamingos in the sunshine state - Florida. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/157769
    20. 20. Finding Appeal Factors-Kathryn Bergeron The mood…stylized and captivating. The plot centers around…social differences, and power relations….drama and period TV show. Stylistically, stars an ensemble cast. In approach …serious and realistic. It takes place…on an estate and in the countryside....set in England ….happens in the 1910s and in the 1920s….known for being a hit series, a Golden Globe winner…an Emmy winner …suggested for a girls' night. Downton Abbey: jinni.com
    21. 21. Finding Appeal Factors-Kathryn Bergeron …privileged Gotham golden girl….disturbingly damaged women of Edgar-finalist Flynn’s first two books….Amy’s husband…she disappears…rented mansion in his Missouri hometown on their fifth anniversary…prime suspect …presumed murder…sick genius and twisted gamesmanship ….charmer Nick may not be quite the corn-fed innocent….masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternating Gone Girl: Publisher’s Weekly
    22. 22. RA for Children  I don’t know what I like but I know it when I see it  Age/Grade/Stage  Too easy/Too hard  Fun/Homework  Parents -Penny Peck Girl checking out book at the Leon County Public Library in Tallahassee during national Children's Book Week. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/264158
    23. 23. RA for Teens  Life changing; connection  Respect, sharing of time and openness  Active and empathetic listening  Specific  Parents! -Heather Booth Still from the "Creature from the Black Lagoon―. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/9112
    24. 24. Passive RA  Displays  Whole collection  Blind date with a book  Booklists  Take it to the stacks  Posters/infographics  Shelf talkers  Staff/Patron Picks  Website Flaxman Library at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Blind date with a book is back by popular demand. Retrieved from http://saiclibrary.tumblr.com/post/45854521875/blin d-date-with-a-book-is-back-by-popular-demand Activity
    25. 25. Know Thyself, Know Thy Collection, Know Thy Colleagues, Know Thy Tools  Read  Write  Prepare  Keep Current -Cindy Orr Girl Scouts preparing for their trip from Tallahassee to North Carolina. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/266897 Activity: How to Read a Book in 5 Minutes
    26. 26. Form Based (Asynchronous) RA  Web and paper  Availability, legitimacy  Privacy  Vocabulary  Best person for the job  Time; not on the spot -Elena Gleason, Sweetwater County SPL’s online form, Your Next 5 Books. Readers advisory: Fresh approach, same core service. Retrieved from http://webjunction.org/news/webjunction/readers- advisory-fresh-approach-same-core-service.html
    27. 27. RA on Social Media Have a Facebook/Twitter social media session  Advertise in advance, have the session ―open‖ for limited time  Monitor closely, respond promptly—instant gratification  Not a venue for an RA interview—stick with quick one-off answers -Elena Gleason, Sweetwater County Library System Should we ditch social media marketing pay to play model? http://www.publiseek.com/influence/social-media- marketing/ Activity: How to Write an Annotation
    28. 28. Social Media as Reader Space  Turn your social media accounts into spaces for readers to engage with the library and each other  Turn patrons into readers’ advisors with questions that engage readers, e.g. ―What books would you recommend to someone who has never read fantasy but wants to give it a try?‖- Elena Gleason, Sweetwater County Library System Girl reading - Ybor City. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/s how/138588
    29. 29. Social Media as Reader Space con’t  Follow bookish accounts and share posts  Repurpose content but make it appropriate to the site  Participate in bookish memes, like #fridayreads or #amreading on I decided staying up all night and finishing my book was more important than being mentally present today. http://www.ebscohost.com/novelist/novelist-special/ra- 4-fb-creating-a-social-space-for-readers
    30. 30. References Booth, H. (2007). Serving teens through reader’s advisory. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. Chelton, M. K. (2001). RA to-do and not-to-do list [Handout]. Reader's advisory: The complete spectrum. Retrieved from http://www.sjrlc.org/RAhandouts/RAdosdonts.htm Cords, S. S. (n.d.). An introduction to nonfiction readers' advisory for Bettendorf Public Library [blog post]. Citizen Reader. Retrieved from http://www.citizenreader.com/citizen/nonfiction-readers-advisory- bettendorf.html Gleason, E. (2013, October 3). Readers’ advisory rundown. Program presented at the meeting of the Wyoming Library Association. Mohawk Valley Library System. (2008, May 29). Sue speaks: Nancy Pearl entry #1 [blog post]. Retrieved from http://www.mvls.info/blog/2008/05/29/sue-speaks-nancy-pearl-entry-1
    31. 31. References Orr, C. (n.d.). Cindy Orr's golden rules of readers' advisory service. Retrieved from http://www.cindyorr.com/Golden_Rules_of_RA.html Pearl, N. (2012, March 16). Check it out with Nancy Pearl: Finding the next good book. Retrieved from http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/columns-and- blogs/nancy-pearl/index.html Peck, P. (2010). Reader’s advisory for children and ‘tweens. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. Saricks, J. (2005). Reader’s advisory service in the public library. Chicago: IL: ALA Editions. Saricks, J. (2009). At leisure: Taking on the quiz challenge. The Booklist, 105(22), 27. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/235647734?accountid=40795
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