Readers’ Advisory Presentation


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  • In studies completed in the United States and Canada, 33% of boys read at an advanced level while 65% of girls read at an advanced level; around 60% of boys read at a proficient level whereas over 70% of girls read at a proficient level
  • Websites – Your website with links or databases, suggestions, etc.; Other websites to link to.Suggestions – from teachers and students put on cards or in displays.Displays of types of books, most popular, suggested, genre, etc.Pathfinders including LibGuides, Google Sites, Handouts.Databases including NoveList and What Do I Read Next?
  • Readers’ Advisory Presentation

    1. 1. Kim Kanofsky LIS 773 November 5, 2013
    2. 2.     Your Mission, should you choose to accept it, is to assist 30 children and 1 teacher find appropriate materials in 15 minutes. You will have to have your wits about you because you will also have 23 kids returning materials, 5 kids renewing materials, and 2 more who forgot their materials. On top of that, the teacher will want to talk to you about an upcoming project. No one said being a School Library Media Specialist was an easy job. Often, it is a Mission Impossible.
    3. 3. “…the act of putting people together with the books they love." - Diana Tixier Herald, author of Genreflecting “Advis(ing) patrons on all kinds of materials, from fiction and nonfiction to audiobooks, graphic novels, and even reference.” – The Readers’ Advisory Handbook
    4. 4.  AASL Mission Statement: “The Mission of the school library program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The school librarian empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information…” Empowering Learners; Guidelines for School Library Programs
    5. 5.  Reading         reduces stress stimulates the mind increases knowledge expands vocabulary improves memory strengthens analytical thinking skills improves focus and concentration improves writing skills
    6. 6.     Assist students to make appropriate selections Allowing students to choose own books helps instill a life-long love of reading Being read to and reading to others provides opportunities for social interaction Sharing a mutual love of books brings people together
    7. 7.  Know your collection Review the shelves often Read, Read, Read USE your collection Create pathfinders including LibGuides, handouts, and Google Sites ◦ Displays ◦ Run reports ◦ Inventory ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦
    8. 8.  Build your collection ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Reviews Circulation Statistics Best sellers Suggestions Complete Series Multiple copies of most popular books/resources
    9. 9.  Know your patrons (students and staff) ◦ Questionnaires asking students and staff about favorite (and least favorite) genres ◦ Questionnaires asking teachers which topics they will be covering ◦ Reference Interview, informal questions, and polling a group ◦ Circulation statistics
    10. 10. HOW NOT to perform a reference interview:  Performing a Proper Reference Interview You must have TIME to perform the following:  Paraphrase  Ask open-ended questions  Clarify  Verify  Follow up  End the interview
    11. 11.      Websites-see handout Suggestions Displays Pathfinders-LibGuides, Bookmarks Databases-see handout