Readers Advisory for All of Us

Reader Advisory (RA) can be some of the most difficult patron interactions for all staff. From helping patrons find the next book in a series to helping find the next read in a genre you don’t know well, these interactions are the bread and butter of library service and some of the hardest. There are a number of online digital resources that can be used for reader advisory—not just Novelist.

This program will help increase the confidence and comfort level of non-Librarian staff while re-enforcing best practices for the professional staff. This course will

  • Demystify RA
  • Identify some of the tools available to assist in RA
  • Build confidence when faced with RA questions

After this program, participants will be able to:

  • Define what Reader Advisory is and the basic components including appeal, questioning, and follow-up
  • Identify and apply tools and resources that help reach beyond the catalog or personal reading experience
  • Assist patrons in finding information on book series order
  • Find additional tools online to continue their RA education and develop skills even further

Note: This can be a 3-hour program only. It can be hands-on or lecture, demonstration, and group discussion based. The consultant will work with you to determine the best format.


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Leadership, Team-Building and Customer Service

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