Non Fiction Readers Advisory


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Program for PLA 2010 in Portland, OR presented by Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner

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Non Fiction Readers Advisory

  1. 1. Non-Fiction Reader Advisory Titles, Tips, and Techniques Presented by: Holly Hibner & Mary Kelly
  2. 2. Mary Kelly Library Consultant [email_address]
  3. 3. Take the long view <ul><li>Establish a relationship with your patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Start a conversation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone has jobs, kids, parents, in-laws, a to-do list, stress, pets, money problems, food issues, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go with the moment </li></ul><ul><li>Be personal and share your interests </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace the junky, trashy and funky </li></ul>
  4. 4. You can judge a book by its cover! <ul><li>Put books on your desk with “eye appeal” </li></ul><ul><li>Look for cover art that is bright and colorful </li></ul><ul><li>Think about mood or tone, not just topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You don’t have to be interested in the subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good writing can trump a topic </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Know Your Own Holdings <ul><li>Pick a section and flip through items already on the shelf. </li></ul><ul><li>Read fly leafs and note any other author blurbs on the jacket. </li></ul><ul><li>Shelf read! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Teens are Future (taxpaying and voting) Adults <ul><li>Simple/informative </li></ul><ul><li>Be helpful </li></ul><ul><li>Add a “creep out” factor if possible </li></ul><ul><li>De-emphasize reading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use words like “look at this” or “browse” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Teen Style <ul><li>Encyclopedic information </li></ul><ul><li>Photography/illustrations </li></ul><ul><li>Death, crazy people, show business, animals, paranormal, medical mysteries, war, technology </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t judge </li></ul><ul><li>Teens use the whole library-not just the teen section </li></ul>
  8. 8. Talk about more than just books <ul><li>Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>DVD </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Books </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul>
  9. 9. Web Sites That Start Conversations <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not always clean. Use judgment! </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (shameless plug!) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Even MORE Websites! <ul><li>There, I fixed it </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fail </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>You Tube </li></ul>
  11. 11. Create a Go-To List of Books <ul><li>Be true to yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>Use the whole Dewey range </li></ul><ul><li>Lighten up! </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook By Joshua Piven
  13. 13. 5 People Who Died During Sex: and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists By Karl Shaw
  14. 14. Type Talk at Work: How the 16 Personality Types Determine Your Success on the Job By Otto Kroeger
  15. 15. Working with You is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself From Emotional Traps at Work By Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster Cool Cover!!!!
  16. 16. Why Can't You Shut Up?: How We Ruin Relationships--How Not To By Anthony Wolf Cool Cover!!!!
  17. 17. Too Much of a Good Thing Dan Kindlon, Ph.D
  18. 18. Stiff: The Secret Lives of Human Cadavers By Mary Roach
  19. 19. The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail By Mary Jordan
  20. 20. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why By Bart Erhman
  21. 21. What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained By Robert L. Wolke
  22. 22. Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior By Temple Grandin
  23. 23. The Wild Trees By Richard Preston
  24. 24. The Sociopath Next Door By Martha Stout
  25. 25. Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini Mark Leyner Billy Goldberg, M.D
  26. 26. Arctic Homestead: The True Story of One Family's Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds Norma Cobb
  27. 27. Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, as Told By Its Stars, Writers and Guests By James A Miller
  28. 28. Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole By Jerri Nielson
  29. 29. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead By Max Brooks
  30. 30. An Alarming History of Famous and Difficult Patients: Amusing Medical Anecdotes from Typhoid Mary to FDR By Richard Gordon
  31. 31. Forever and Ever, Amen: Becoming a nun in the Sixties By Sister Karol Jackowski
  32. 32. Holly Hibner Adult Services Coordinator Plymouth District Library [email_address]
  33. 33. What kind of movies do you like? Technique #1:
  34. 34. A Sherlock Holmes “Who Done It” <ul><li>The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher Or the Murder at Road Hill House </li></ul><ul><li>By Kate Summerscale </li></ul><ul><li>For fans of history, mystery, and true crime. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Something Romantic <ul><li>Flirting with Pride & Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick Lit Masterpiece </li></ul><ul><li>Edited by Jennifer Crusie </li></ul><ul><li>For fans of chick lit, history, feminism, social commentary, literary criticism </li></ul>
  36. 36. Something Funny <ul><li>Monty Python Live! </li></ul><ul><li>By Graham Chapman et. al. </li></ul><ul><li>For fans of comedy and the Monty Python genre </li></ul>
  37. 37. Something Scary <ul><li>Seeking Spirits: The Lost Cases of The Atlantic Paranormal Society </li></ul><ul><li>By Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson </li></ul><ul><li>For fans of the show “Ghost Hunters” and ghost stories </li></ul>
  38. 38. Foreign Films <ul><li>A Country Called Amreeka: Arab Roots, American Stories </li></ul><ul><li>By Alia Malek </li></ul><ul><li>For those who love culture, diversity, history, politics, or social justice </li></ul>
  39. 39. <ul><li>The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope </li></ul><ul><li>By William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer </li></ul><ul><li>For those who love triumph over adversity, culture, and compassion for real life struggles </li></ul>Foreign Films
  40. 40. An Adventure <ul><li>Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It </li></ul><ul><li>By Susan Wels </li></ul><ul><li>For fans of the new movie “Amelia,” adventure, strong women, and history </li></ul>
  41. 41. An Adventure <ul><li>Incontinent on the Continent: My Mother, Her Walker, and Our Grand Tour of Italy </li></ul><ul><li>By Jane Christmas </li></ul><ul><li>For fans of mother-daughter relationships, travel, culture, humor, and humility </li></ul>
  42. 42. Sci-Fi/Fantasy <ul><li>Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms </li></ul><ul><li>By Ethan Gilsdorf </li></ul><ul><li>For fans of gaming, Fringe, D&D, Avatar. </li></ul>
  43. 43. What magazines do you like? Technique #2:
  44. 44. National Geographic <ul><li>The Lost City of Z </li></ul><ul><li>By David Grann </li></ul><ul><li>For fans of exploration, history, and mystery </li></ul>
  45. 45. Popular Mechanics, Family Handyman <ul><li>Shop Class as Soulcraft </li></ul><ul><li>By Matthew Crawford </li></ul><ul><li>For blue collar workers, Baby Boomers, DIY’ers </li></ul>
  46. 46. Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, More <ul><li>American Thighs: The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Preserving Your Assets </li></ul><ul><li>By Jill Conner Browne </li></ul><ul><li>For fans of humor, those of a “certain age,” and those obsessed with finding the Fountain of Youth </li></ul>
  47. 47. <ul><li>A Match Made in Heaven: </li></ul><ul><li>Pairing fiction with non-fiction </li></ul>
  48. 53. Other Techniques <ul><li>Ask about hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>Search Library Thing tags </li></ul><ul><li>De-emphasize reading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasize “browsing” and “leafing” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talk to Circulation staff </li></ul>
  49. 54. Non-Fiction RA on the Web
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  51. 56. Staff Choices Blogs Arlington Heights Memorial Library Plymouth District Library
  52. 57. Don’t forget non-fiction in your online book lists!
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