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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This is a nice overview of Readers' Advisory and how to implement it at a library. I like the various figures that provide practical information and guides to use for training, as examples, and/or for reference. Read full review

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Classic textbook by Joyce Saricks about administering readers' advisory for patrons. Like most textbooks, the writing was often dull, but the content was useful. A good resource for teaching library ... 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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Page 195 - How to become a children's librarian, with illustrations from St. Louis and the St. Louis public library. [St. Louis, Mo., St. Louis public library] 1927. 23 p. illus. 12. 1733. National story tellers
Page 7 - With a certainty that adult education work through the readera' advisory service was indeed librarianahlp, Flexner was equally sure that it centered in guidance to books. A readers' adviser was "a librarian at the disposal of the reader, trying to make easier and more satisfying connection between the reader and books.
Page 12 - Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (New York: Random House, 2003), 122-35.
Page 195 - Miriam D. Tompkins, and Hazel I. Medway, Helping the Reader toward Self-Education (Chicago: American Library Assn. , 1938); Margery Doud, The Readers' Advisory Service of the St. Louis Public Library (St. Louis, Mo.: St. Louis Public Library, 1929); Jennie M. Flexner and Byron C. Hopkins, Readers...
Page 12 - Fewer Noses Stuck in Books in America, Survey Finds," New York Times, July 8, 2004.

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Joyce G. Saricks, former readers' advisor at the Downers Grove Public library, speaks and writes about readers' advisory.

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