Readers Advisory for the Rest of Us: NoveList and Beyond


For non-Librarian staff
3 hour program

Reader Advisory (RA) can be some of the most difficult patron interactions for non-librarian staff. Helping patrons find the next book in a series is just one very useful reader advisory skill! There are a number of online digital resources that can be used for reader advisory basics and this program will help increase the confidence and comfort level of non-Librarian staff when approached with RA questions, as well as help:

  • 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
  • Navigate NoveList (database available through JerseyClicks) and understand the power and limitations of this database
  • Identify and apply free online 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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