Personal Reading Consultants: Blending Technology and Touch

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Presentation for the Amigos Conference on the Harris County Public Library's Book Hunters Reader's Advisory service. Presented by Grace Lillevig and Linda Stevens.

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Personal Reading Consultants: Blending Technology and Touch

  1. 1. Blending Technology and TouchPERSONAL READING CONSULTANTS
  2. 2. BRIDGING TRADITION AND THE FUTURE The Five Laws of Library Science 1. Books are for use. 2. Every reader his [or her] book. 3. Every book its reader. 4. Save the time of the reader. 5. The library is a growing organism. - S. Ranganathan http://www.flickr.com/photos/anirudhkoul/3499471010/
  3. 3. WHAT IS READER’S ADVISORY? RA service broadly defined means helping readers find what they want by recommending specific titles … RA is based on the philosophy that reading has intrinsic value and that readers are best served by a good collection and knowledgeable staff who are able to guide them in pursuing their interests. – Introduction to Library Public Services by Evans/Amodeo/Carter 1999 p. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3468693245
  4. 4. RETOOLING READERS ADVISORY http://www.flickr.com/photos/hcplebranch/978619164
  5. 5. SURVEY OTHER SERVICES Looking for a Good Book – (Williamsburg Regional Library) - http://www.wrl.org/books- and-reading/adults/find-a-good-book Personalized Book List (Edmonton Public Library) - http://www.epl.ca/services/personalized- book-list Personalized Reader Lists (Carmel Clay Public Library) - http://www.carmel.lib.in.us/ref/prl.cfm
  6. 6. HOW DOES IT WORK? A Book Hunter Customer Customer Creates aSubmits Request Receives List Personalized List Customer Images © JupiterImages
  7. 7. STAFFING
  8. 8. PUBLICITY
  9. 9. THE QUESTIONNAIRE http://bit.ly/bookhunters
  10. 10. MANAGING YOUR REQUESTS http://todoist.com
  11. 11. THE TEMPLATE
  12. 12. ANNOTATIONS What would you get if you combined a hard-boiled detective novel with a tale of fantasy and magic? Something like the offbeat Dresden files. In this first book, readers are introduced to Harry Dresden, a wizard with a consulting practice in modern-day Chicago. Dresden’s profession offers him little money, lots of mockery, the suspicion of his magical colleagues, and plenty of danger. http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3468693245
  13. 13. FROM FORM TO LIST
  14. 14. TIME http://www.flickr.com/photos/ko_an/318025410/
  15. 15. SURPRISES http://www.flickr.com/photos/ittybittiesforyou/4706981136
  16. 16. LIBRARY THING
  17. 17. RETURN CUSTOMERS
  18. 18. WHO USES THE SERVICE?
  19. 19. WOMEN/GIRLS VS. MEN/BOYS
  20. 20. AGE
  21. 21. GENRE
  22. 22. Thank you very much for this Wow! This is great! Now Ithoughtful booklist. I look wish I had a few weeksforward to reading them off just for reading!all, and I am impressed with Thanks! - Laurayour service. – Tina First time using book hunters and I love it. So lucky to live close-by such Whoever chose an awesome library – the books for me Tamara did an excellent I cannot thank you enough! This is job. - Dan the most wonderful thing you do and I am going to RAVE to everyone I know about the Harris Cty Public Library. Thank you so very much! - Barbara FEEDBACK
  23. 23. LESSONS LEARNED Flexibility Scalability Personalization Communication Enthusiasm
  24. 24. OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES Books are the best thing that ever happened. I want books that are thick and book experts have said are awesome and of course it has to have dragons, cats, horses and just a good book. That’s all I want!!!!!! - Celeste age 10 Image © JupiterImages
  25. 25. QUESTIONS http://www.flickr.com/photos/drachmann/327122302/
  26. 26. CONTACTGrace Lillevig Linda StevenseBranch Librarian Coordinator of Marketing & Programminggrace@hcpl.net lstevens@hcpl.net

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