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Readers' advisory futures by Duncan Smith

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Presented at the readers' advisory seminar 14 March 2018

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Readers' advisory futures by Duncan Smith

  1. 1. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist1 From Transaction to Embedded Relationships The Future of RA:
  2. 2. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist2 Books are mission critical
  3. 3. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist3 “I was off making explosives and reading books and building rockets and doing thins that could have gotten me killed… “I was raised by books. Books, and then my parents.”
  4. 4. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist4 “Novels help you analyze people’s behavior and motivations” “You can learn a lot about yourself and your values” “You’ll pick up more when you don’t rush”
  5. 5. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist5 Ralph Waldo Emerson “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
  6. 6. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist6 There’s a reason for that…
  7. 7. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist7
  8. 8. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist8 Secret Language elements STORY STRUCTURE • Characters • Plot/action • Genre • Setting − Time − Place • Theme/topic APPEAL FACTORS • Character • Storyline • Pace • Tone • Writing style • Illustration • Audio characteristics
  9. 9. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist9 “There were factors about some of the books that I didn't even think about. One book I read and loved because it was fast-paced, suspenseful, and thought-provoking -- but it also listed books that are similar because of the subject of grief. I would not have necessarily recommended that book to someone who wanted to read about grief. It was really eye-opening.”
  10. 10. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist10 Current Landscape Discernment Delivery Borrow or buy? Discovery Library Bookstores Amazon ITunes Readers reviews/ratings Professional reviews Sample chapters Book covers Family Friends NPR Decide if the book is right for me Learn about books
  11. 11. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist11 Different readers want different things.
  12. 12. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist12 Expanding the Library’s Role deliverydiscernmentdiscovery SHIFT FROM: deliverydiscernmentdiscovery TO:
  13. 13. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist13 Face-to- face In house, self-directed Book- oriented programs Digital, self-directed Today’s disconnection READER PRIORITIES Face-to-face In house, self- directed Book-oriented programs Digital, self- directed LIBRARY PRIORITIES VS.
  14. 14. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist14 Face-to- face In house, self-directed Book- oriented programs Digital, self-directed Is tomorrow’s connection READER PRIORITIES Face-to-face In house, self- directed Book-oriented programs Digital, self- directed LIBRARY PRIORITIES
  15. 15. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist15 What’s Apple’s biggest product? The store.
  16. 16. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist16 Sound familiar? Connected to the community. Staff educating visitors on products and services. Engagement space for events. Self-serve & self-directed options.
  17. 17. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist17 DISCOVER DEVELOP EXPAND UNDERSTAND DEEPEN more authors and titles that they love an understanding of what they like their book finding strategies how reading integrates into their lives reading experiences through sharing with others Goals for Readers
  18. 18. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist18 Doing a GREAT job with this Want to do MORE of this Possibly THINKING about this Not CURRENTLY on the radar Face-to-face RA □ □ □ □ Form-based RA □ □ □ □ RA on social media □ □ □ □ RA on your website □ □ □ □ Educating staff about RA □ □ □ □ Planning book-based programming □ □ □ □ Shelving books according to genre □ □ □ □ Reading recommendations in the catalog □ □ □ □ Reading recommendations in self-check □ □ □ □ Reading recommendations in linked data □ □ □ □ Creating bibliographies (print or online) □ □ □ □ Creating book displays □ □ □ □ Creating book-based brochures, posters □ □ □ □ Creating shelf talkers □ □ □ □ Sending e-newsletters about books □ □ □ □
  19. 19. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist19 “A mother-daughter story of reinvention about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11 year old daughter, Micah, say goodbye to Los Angeles. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.”
  20. 20. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist20 Reading recommendations for Queen Sugar
  21. 21. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist21 Reading recommendations for Queen Sugar YES! Already read NO YES! YES! YES! NO YES!
  22. 22. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist22 Ursula K. Le Guin “In reading a novel, any novel, we have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and then, while reading, believe every word of it. Finally, when we're done with it, we may find - if it's a good novel - that we're a bit different from what we were before we read it, that we have been changed a little, as if by having met a new face, crossed a street we never crossed before. But it's very hard to say just what we learned, how we were changed."
  23. 23. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist23 DISCOVER DEVELOP EXPAND UNDERSTAND DEEPEN more authors and titles that they love an understanding of what they like their book finding strategies how reading integrates into their lives reading experiences through sharing with others Goals for Readers
  24. 24. | www.ebscohost.com/novelist24 Thank You Duncan Smith | Founder & General Manager 978 356 6500 ext. 8201 duncan@ebsco.com

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