Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library

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American Library Association, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 211 pages
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Do you have anything else like this? In public libraries, reference librarians are often called on to make recommendations to readers, sometimes in genres that they don't personally read. Learning how to frame a discussion and articulate the appeal of a book, author, or genre marks the essence of a successful readers' advisor. Readers' advisory is defined as, patron-oriented library service for adult fiction readers, according to Saricks, a noted expert on the subject. In the completely revised third edition of Readers' Advisory Service for Public Libraries, Saricks updates this critically acclaimed how-to guide, making it more helpful than ever. As reference librarians seek support in guiding adult readers, they've come to trust this authoritative resource. lists, identifying what else is like a favorite book; Practical guidelines for conducting the advisory interview so it's a comfortable exchange; Confidence-boosting tactics for drawing on reviews to make recommendations; Methods for incorporating nonfiction into the discussion; More resources and online tools; Using the proven strategies in this newly updated, back-to-basics overview, librarians providing readers' advisory services will find the answers they need to help customers make appropriate choices.

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User Review  - OUSLIS - LibraryThing

Anyone who is new to the public librarian profession or who was not able to take a readers' advisory class in library school should take a look at this book. Saricks provides an excellent guide that ... Read full review

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User Review  - JulieTurley - LibraryThing

One of the few required textbooks from library school that I've actually kept, this book provides a short, lucid introduction to the concept of readers' advisory, but in a public library only ... Read full review

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A History and Introduction
Reference Sources
Articulating a Books Appeal
The Readers Advisory Interview
Background for Readers Advisors
Promoting and Marketing Readers Advisory Collections and Services
Popular Fiction List
Popular Nonfiction List
Sure Bets
A NoveList Author Readalike
Author Index
Subject Index

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