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Out of the Box Readers’ Advisory
MeLeah L. WhiteReader Services LibrarianNorthbrook Public Library@leahlibrarianyolaleah.tumblr.comfacebook.com/yolaleah
the plan
the plan• What do we mean by “out of the box”?• Inside the library• On the Internet• Outside the library• Tips and Advice
Out of the Box Definedhttp://cdn.rojish.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/thinking-outside-the-box.jpg
Nontraditional times call for nontraditional services       http://www.flickr.com/photos/zandwacht/5718319650/sizes/l/in/p...
The grocery store vs the kitchenhttp://goo.gl/xZzoA                                  http://goo.gl/M9bR7http://goo.gl/IQGD...
The grocery store vs the kitchenhttp://goo.gl/xZzoA                                  http://goo.gl/M9bR7http://goo.gl/IQGD...
The grocery store vs the kitchenhttp://goo.gl/xZzoA                                  http://goo.gl/M9bR7http://goo.gl/IQGD...
Budgets are tight. Time to get creative yet practical.
Inside the Library
Bestseller Preview• Keep a list of new and  upcoming books that are  popular at your library• Allows for simple and quick ...
Book Displays   more, more, more!
Simple and stocked.   not too pretty concept
Stay Organized• Have a system and follow it• Idea: dummy circ account• Use items from all over the library• If you do more...
Keep a permanent staff picks display
Start thinking about browsability
QR Codes
How to QR Code• Go to bit.ly• Type in your URL and click “Shorten”• Click on “Info Page+”• Save the QR code• Create an acc...
On the Internet
Bestseller Preview Online
Don’t have lists?   You have options.
Social Networks                                  OMG SO MANY!   http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrismenning/the-x-all-the-y-meme
What is your goal?   Articulate it. Practice it.
My favorites
Good examples
Blogging?   Consider your audience.
If you decide to blog, check out:
If you decide to blog, check out:
Outside the Library
Book clubs   LitLounge
Why does the library belong in a bar?• Attract new patrons of varied ages and genders• Updated image for the library• Incr...
Make it Easy   Senior Center Book Talks
Tips and Advice
• Learn about your patrons needs and wantsListen                • Reading suggestions will get better                     ...
Haven’t read a book? Don’t freak out.http://www.wired.com/geekdad/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/dontpanic_1024.jpg
Don’t be the socially lazy sloth.
Read out of your comfort zone!http://arkvalwebworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/romance.jpg
Read the best and the worst review of a book.
Read the best and the worst review of a book.
Read the best and the worst review of a book.
Anything to share? http://goo.gl/kW6Cw
Thank you!   follow: @leahlibrarian
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  1. 1. Out of the Box Readers’ Advisory
  2. 2. MeLeah L. WhiteReader Services LibrarianNorthbrook Public Library@leahlibrarianyolaleah.tumblr.comfacebook.com/yolaleah
  3. 3. the plan
  4. 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. 5. Out of the Box Definedhttp://cdn.rojish.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/thinking-outside-the-box.jpg
  6. 6. Nontraditional times call for nontraditional services http://www.flickr.com/photos/zandwacht/5718319650/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  7. 7. The grocery store vs the kitchenhttp://goo.gl/xZzoA http://goo.gl/M9bR7http://goo.gl/IQGDA http://goo.gl/LzPVf
  8. 8. The grocery store vs the kitchenhttp://goo.gl/xZzoA http://goo.gl/M9bR7http://goo.gl/IQGDA http://goo.gl/LzPVf
  9. 9. The grocery store vs the kitchenhttp://goo.gl/xZzoA http://goo.gl/M9bR7http://goo.gl/IQGDA http://goo.gl/LzPVf
  10. 10. Budgets are tight. Time to get creative yet practical.
  11. 11. Inside the Library
  12. 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. 13. Book Displays more, more, more!
  14. 14. Simple and stocked. not too pretty concept
  15. 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. 16. Keep a permanent staff picks display
  17. 17. Start thinking about browsability
  18. 18. QR Codes
  19. 19. How to QR Code• Go to bit.ly• Type in your URL and click “Shorten”• Click on “Info Page+”• Save the QR code• Create an account to track statistics
  20. 20. On the Internet
  21. 21. Bestseller Preview Online
  22. 22. Don’t have lists? You have options.
  23. 23. Social Networks OMG SO MANY! http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrismenning/the-x-all-the-y-meme
  24. 24. What is your goal? Articulate it. Practice it.
  25. 25. My favorites
  26. 26. Good examples
  27. 27. Blogging? Consider your audience.
  28. 28. If you decide to blog, check out:
  29. 29. If you decide to blog, check out:
  30. 30. Outside the Library
  31. 31. Book clubs LitLounge
  32. 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. 33. Make it Easy Senior Center Book Talks
  34. 34. Tips and Advice
  35. 35. • Learn about your patrons needs and wantsListen • Reading suggestions will get better • Helps set goalshttp://goo.gl/Ab6k3 http://goo.gl/hNs6F
  36. 36. Haven’t read a book? Don’t freak out.http://www.wired.com/geekdad/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/dontpanic_1024.jpg
  37. 37. Don’t be the socially lazy sloth.
  38. 38. Read out of your comfort zone!http://arkvalwebworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/romance.jpg
  39. 39. Read the best and the worst review of a book.
  40. 40. Read the best and the worst review of a book.
  41. 41. Read the best and the worst review of a book.
  42. 42. Anything to share? http://goo.gl/kW6Cw
  43. 43. Thank you! follow: @leahlibrarian
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