Online Personalized
Reading Lists
Melissa Stock
Arapahoe Library District
Presented at CAL Readers Advisory Summer Worksho...
More Creative Titles?
Libraries Contacted
3
3
2
2
Years Doing Lists
Less than 1
Two
Three - Five
More than Five
Six of the ten libraries surveyed have
been creating...
WHY OFFER A
PERSONALIZED
LIST SERVICE?
 Reach out to patrons who may
not come into branches
 Turn indirect readers’ advisory
into direct
 Build continuing rel...
CREATING
FORMS:
How many questions:
 Half (5) of the libraries had 8
questions or less
 Only one had more than 20
Pro of lengthy
questionnaire:
• More information to help in
creating list
Con of lengthy
questionnaire:
• User experience ...
SUGGESTIONS
FOR
MANAGING
LISTS:
Who creates lists?
 Mostly librarians
 Smaller libraries usually only
have one or two staff members
 Larger libraries h...
But I don’t read science fiction…
Where to find reading recommendations
 Other librarians’ lists (we’ll get to that next
...
Reinventing the wheel
How to store for similar future requests
 Have a dedicated email folder
or shared drive accessible ...
I’d do this…
Suggestions from other libraries
 If you have Bibliocommons or
Encore, build your lists there. You
can then ...
 Have a print form too available
in branches
 Have a limit to how many genres
people can check
Have fun with it!
I’d do...
INTERESTING
FACTS AND
FIGURES
 Mysteries
 Bestsellers
 Historical Fiction
 Suspense/Thriller
 Chick Lit/Women’s
Fiction
 Action/Adventure
 Fantas...
Statistics
Arapahoe Library District
95%
have read a
recommended
book or have
at least one
on hold
Statistics
Arapahoe Library District
84%
Are
Satisfied or
Very
Satisfied
with the
suggestions
SOME
COMMENTS
 “I liked how the librarian that
reccomended [sic] the books to me
also enjoyed the same types of
generes [sic] that I en...
 “I think this is a great idea. I've never
heard of personalized reading lists. I
will be sure to use this feature in the...
USELESS FACTS
AND FIGURES
Online Personalized Reading Lists
Online Personalized Reading Lists
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  • Notes added after to summarize what I talked about during each slide
  • When I saw the clever titles of the other presentations, I realized I should have been more creative. So I came up with 10 alternate titles.
  • Arapahoe Library District is not the first library to do this, nor are we necessarily doing it better than anyone else. I wanted to see what libraries of varying sizes and locations are doing. These are the ones who I talked to.
  • We created ours in Drupal; other libraries have also used their content management system or SurveyMonkey.
  • We spent some time talking about these pros and cons because it is definitely in the librarian’s best interest to have more detailed information about the reader’s likes and dislikes but the more detailed forms are daunting to patrons. They’re long, confusing, and oftentimes the reader has no idea what she liked about a particular book, just that she did like it.
  • Most larger libraries do have a dedicated shared area where staff can find other lists and use those for similar requests
  • This is where I went more to ALD’s experience. Audience was very interested in this. Afterwards, one person came up to me to write the teen top ones to bring back to her library. She’s also noticed huge decline in Supernatural and wanted this info as future “proof.”
  • Only 1/3 response rate. Other libraries who do or have collected stats shared similar response rates.
  • This was a teen comment. Most of the comments come from adults.
  • Other libraries said their ratios are probably very similar
  • I brought this up as a well-intentioned but useless question. I thought it would be helpful to the librarian to know whether teen is above average, average or below average reader. But like Lake Wobegon, all our “children are above average.”
  • Online Personalized Reading Lists

    1. 1. Online Personalized Reading Lists Melissa Stock Arapahoe Library District Presented at CAL Readers Advisory Summer Workshop August 6, 2013
    2. 2. More Creative Titles?
    3. 3. Libraries Contacted
    4. 4. 3 3 2 2 Years Doing Lists Less than 1 Two Three - Five More than Five Six of the ten libraries surveyed have been creating personalized lists for two years or less.
    5. 5. WHY OFFER A PERSONALIZED LIST SERVICE?
    6. 6.  Reach out to patrons who may not come into branches  Turn indirect readers’ advisory into direct  Build continuing relationships with patrons
    7. 7. CREATING FORMS:
    8. 8. How many questions:  Half (5) of the libraries had 8 questions or less  Only one had more than 20
    9. 9. Pro of lengthy questionnaire: • More information to help in creating list Con of lengthy questionnaire: • User experience is unsatisfactory
    10. 10. SUGGESTIONS FOR MANAGING LISTS:
    11. 11. Who creates lists?  Mostly librarians  Smaller libraries usually only have one or two staff members  Larger libraries have a pool of librarians  Most libraries have a joint email or ticketing system  Librarians generally choose what lists to complete
    12. 12. But I don’t read science fiction… Where to find reading recommendations  Other librarians’ lists (we’ll get to that next slides)  Novelist  GoodReads  Your catalog’s “if you likes”  Amazon “Customers who bought this item”  Professional reviews/blogs  Google  Other staff
    13. 13. Reinventing the wheel How to store for similar future requests  Have a dedicated email folder or shared drive accessible by all  Store in Bibliocommons or Encore  Some libraries are using Bookletters to create and store
    14. 14. I’d do this… Suggestions from other libraries  If you have Bibliocommons or Encore, build your lists there. You can then make it public for other people.  If multiple librarians are compiling forms, have a checklist to ensure consistency  For teen or kid lists, check commonsensemedia.org to check on violence, profanity, sex, etc.
    15. 15.  Have a print form too available in branches  Have a limit to how many genres people can check Have fun with it! I’d do this… Suggestions from other libraries
    16. 16. INTERESTING FACTS AND FIGURES
    17. 17.  Mysteries  Bestsellers  Historical Fiction  Suspense/Thriller  Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction  Action/Adventure  Fantasy  Mysteries/Suspense  Romance  Based on Mythology Adults Teens
    18. 18. Statistics Arapahoe Library District 95% have read a recommended book or have at least one on hold
    19. 19. Statistics Arapahoe Library District 84% Are Satisfied or Very Satisfied with the suggestions
    20. 20. SOME COMMENTS
    21. 21.  “I liked how the librarian that reccomended [sic] the books to me also enjoyed the same types of generes [sic] that I enjoy. Also, she offered to send me more if I didn't like the ones she sent me. “
    22. 22.  “I think this is a great idea. I've never heard of personalized reading lists. I will be sure to use this feature in the future for my children. Thank you “  “I am excited to have many selections from which to choose. I never imaged a service to aid me in the types of books I love to read. Thank you, P. “
    23. 23. USELESS FACTS AND FIGURES

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