Readers' Advisory on the Web - Rural
Readers' Advisory on the Web
Librarians know all about recommending "good" books, right?
While it's certainly true that readers visit the library in person and online seeking recommendations of great books, read-alikes, book club possibilities, and other literary choices, it's a fact that reader's advisory questions are among those most feared and often poorly handled by many librarians. Reader's advisory work requires good reference interviewing skills and familiarity with a broad range of tools to identify available new and older books. The Internet - including personal, professional, and commercial Web sites, free and subscription databases, electronic lists, and your library's Web site - is a powerful tool for helping the librarian help the reader to find the book that best suits an immediate interest and need.
- Can you suggest some mystery writers who have Asian American detectives in their books?
- Do you have any really funny novels for teenagers?
- Which novels can I read to learn about being a hidden child during the Holocaust?
- What would be a good book for me to read while I’m waiting for my hold on a copy of the latest Oprah Book Club selection?
Workshop Description: This half-day hands-on workshop teaches participants to recognize a reader's advisory question, exposes them to the variety of reader's advisory tools available free online, and reveals secrets for figuring out what readers are going to want to read next.
Highlights: Using discussion, a bookmark file, exercises, and a packet of handouts, the workshop will cover the following topics:
- Commercial Web sites and free databases
- Genre-specific sites
- Reader-driven peer advice
- Library/librarian-created sites
- Expert guidance to read-alikes
- Advice for special reader populations
- Resources provided by other experts
- Academic sites
- Professional organization discussion groups
- Popular local reading generators [Oprah, The New York Times, or ?]
- Authors and celebrities
- Reading groups
Who should attend: Any library staff members who are called upon to do reader's advisory work
- Comfortable using a mouse
- Able to navigate the Web using URLs, browser menus, and toolbars
- Familiar with Web terminology
Check-in: 8:30 to 9 AM Instruction: 9 AM to 12:30 PM