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.