Reader's Advisory Recap & Genres

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Published on December 17, 2008

Author: hcplharriet

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Reader’s Advisory RA In a Nutshell

What is RA? Includes a wide variety of practices for connecting people to books. Includes non-fiction as well as fiction. Many of the same techniques can be used for audiovisual advisory. Helps people better understand their reading tastes.

Why Reader’s Advisory? Improves customer satisfaction Improves library image Keeps libraries competitive with retail book providers

How to Become a RA Pro Read a lot; read widely; try new genres. Learn to think in terms of “readalikes”. Keep a reader’s journal and write annotations. Read reviews. Browse bookstores. Familiarize yourself with book-related electronic tools. Investigate speed reading.

RA Online HCPL website – Book store/publisher Books and websites Reading Genre websites Novelist ReadingGroupGuides. Author websites & com Internet searches Bookbrowse.com Fiction_L listserv

RA at HCPL

RA in the Stacks Create a Reader’s Advisory station or “Reader’s Corner” in your library Stimulate reading with: displays, shelf talkers, book lists, bookmarks, flyers, posters. Subscribe to Book Page (as a freebie for customers). Be proactive in suggesting books to customers.

What is RA? Includes a wide variety of practices for connecting people to books. Includes non-fiction as well as fiction. Many of the same techniques can be used for audiovisual advisory. Helps people better understand their reading tastes.

The RA Interview Never apologize for your reading tastes or disparage anyone else’s. Listen to the reader. Ask descriptive questions. Restate their answers. Explain what you are doing as you search. Give them choices, if possible. Ask them to come back and give their opinion (or not).

The RA Interview Never apologize for your reading tastes or disparage anyone else’s. Listen to the reader. Ask descriptive questions. Restate their answers. Explain what you are doing as you search. Give them choices, if possible. Ask them to come back and give their opinion (or not).

Webliography • Reader’s Advisory Tools for Adults: a Five Year Retrospective Selected Bibliography http://harriet/adult_services/ratools.htm Located on Harriet in the Adult Services section.

Genre Respect Lessons from Ursula K. Le Guin “Genre: A Word only a Frenchman Could Love” Public Libraries, January/February 2005

“Genre” is… • “a kind or style, especially of art or literature” -- Oxford English Dictionary • a valid descriptive category • not a value category

“All judgment of a category of literature as inherently superior or inferior is tripe.”

• Genres are not static. They can combine, cross, and transgress. • Any Genre can be formulized, but Genre and Formula are two different things. • To put a Genre label on a book ensures a safe, but limited audience.

“There are many bad books. There are no bad genres.”

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