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  • 1. Out of the Box Readers’ Advisory
  • 2. MeLeah L. WhiteReader Services LibrarianNorthbrook Public
  • 3. the plan
  • 4. the plan• What do we mean by “out of the box”?• Inside the library• On the Internet• Outside the library• Tips and Advice
  • 5. Out of the Box Defined
  • 6. Nontraditional times call for nontraditional services
  • 7. The grocery store vs the kitchen
  • 8. The grocery store vs the kitchen
  • 9. The grocery store vs the kitchen
  • 10. Budgets are tight. Time to get creative yet practical.
  • 11. Inside the Library
  • 12. Bestseller Preview• Keep a list of new and upcoming books that are popular at your library• Allows for simple and quick interactions with staff• People will use it• Make a space for people to put their name and card number• Who orders? Put them in charge.
  • 13. Book Displays more, more, more!
  • 14. Simple and stocked. not too pretty concept
  • 15. Stay Organized• Have a system and follow it• Idea: dummy circ account• Use items from all over the library• If you do more, you must stay organized• Keep a stash of replacement items
  • 16. Keep a permanent staff picks display
  • 17. Start thinking about browsability
  • 18. QR Codes
  • 19. How to QR Code• Go to• Type in your URL and click “Shorten”• Click on “Info Page+”• Save the QR code• Create an account to track statistics
  • 20. On the Internet
  • 21. Bestseller Preview Online
  • 22. Don’t have lists? You have options.
  • 23. Social Networks OMG SO MANY!
  • 24. What is your goal? Articulate it. Practice it.
  • 25. My favorites
  • 26. Good examples
  • 27. Blogging? Consider your audience.
  • 28. If you decide to blog, check out:
  • 29. If you decide to blog, check out:
  • 30. Outside the Library
  • 31. Book clubs LitLounge
  • 32. Why does the library belong in a bar?• Attract new patrons of varied ages and genders• Updated image for the library• Increased visibility in the community• Cooperation with local businesses• Provide programming and relevancy to a group that is not being served by existing library programs
  • 33. Make it Easy Senior Center Book Talks
  • 34. Tips and Advice
  • 35. • Learn about your patrons needs and wantsListen • Reading suggestions will get better • Helps set goals
  • 36. Haven’t read a book? Don’t freak out.
  • 37. Don’t be the socially lazy sloth.
  • 38. Read out of your comfort zone!
  • 39. Read the best and the worst review of a book.
  • 40. Read the best and the worst review of a book.
  • 41. Read the best and the worst review of a book.
  • 42. Anything to share?
  • 43. Thank you! follow: @leahlibrarian