Reading promotion in UK public libraries

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Published on May 27, 2007

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Apresentação feita no II Encontro Oeiras a Ler - 24 e 25 de Maio de 2007.

Reading promotion in UK public libraries Briony Train Lecturer Programme Coordinator, MA in Librarianship Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, UK

My presentation Why promote? Increasing readers’ access to books Ourselves as readers – our reading choices Examples of promotions Working in partnership with others Effective project-based work.

Why promote?

Increasing readers’ access to books

Ourselves as readers – our reading choices

Examples of promotions

Working in partnership with others

Effective project-based work.

A change in library culture ‘ In response to queries, library staff will confidently recommend books on do-it-yourself or travel. Asked for ‘a good read’ they hesitate and tend to fall back on their personal tastes. Is this a professional response? Why do we not have systems which enable staff to recommend fiction they have not read with the confidence they recommend non-fiction they have not read?’ Van Riel, 1993

‘ In response to queries, library staff will confidently recommend books on do-it-yourself or travel. Asked for ‘a good read’ they hesitate and tend to fall back on their personal tastes.

Is this a professional response?

Why do we not have systems which enable staff to recommend fiction they have not read with the confidence they recommend non-fiction they have not read?’

Van Riel, 1993

What is Reader Development? ‘ Reader development means active intervention to: Increase people’s confidence and enjoyment of reading Open up reading choices Offer opportunities for people to share their reading experience.’ Branching Out, 2007

‘ Reader development means active intervention to:

Increase people’s confidence and enjoyment of reading

Open up reading choices

Offer opportunities for people to share their reading experience.’

Branching Out, 2007

Why promote? We can all argue about what we think is the best book in the world but nobody can tell another reader what their best book is. But if you’ve only ever read one kind of book, how do you know that it’s the one you like best? Promotion is the key to helping the majority of borrowers who don’t know what they want find something they are willing to try Opening the Book Ltd.

We can all argue about what we think is the best book in the world but nobody can tell another reader what their best book is. But if you’ve only ever read one kind of book, how do you know that it’s the one you like best?

Promotion is the key to helping the majority of borrowers who don’t know what they want find something they are willing to try

Opening the Book Ltd.

Why promote? [2] The passive approach Make ‘unspoken’ suggestions: displays, groups of books, presentations of staff/reader comments Give readers the freedom to accept/reject books . The active approach Encourage the reader to interact with other readers Librarian/teacher advice; a group discussion/reader group; an author visit.

The passive approach

Make ‘unspoken’ suggestions: displays, groups of books, presentations of staff/reader comments

Give readers the freedom to accept/reject books .

The active approach

Encourage the reader to interact with other readers

Librarian/teacher advice; a group discussion/reader group; an author visit.

How to increase access to books Access : giving people opportunities, removing barriers The less you have to choose from, the easier it is to choose. 25% of library users know what they’re looking for 50% of library users imitate other people’s choice Most of our book stock is not working very hard at all – so promotion increases access and helps people to choose.

Access : giving people opportunities, removing barriers

The less you have to choose from, the easier it is to choose.

25% of library users know what they’re looking for

50% of library users imitate other people’s choice

Most of our book stock is not working very hard at all

– so promotion increases access and

helps people to choose.

To summarise… Reader-centred activity offers a range of choices to enhance the reading experience. Promotional methods can be inexpensive (in many cases free of charge).

Reader-centred activity offers a range of choices to enhance the reading experience.

Promotional methods can be inexpensive (in many cases free of charge).

Your reading choices

What are we looking for when we read a book? a solution to a problem in our life? something light and easy to read? something deep, to take our full attention? an escape from reality?

a solution to a problem in our life?

something light and easy to read?

something deep, to take our full attention?

an escape from reality?

What sort of reader am I? … looking for excitement? … stressed?   … desperate?   … self-protective?   … ambitious?   … indulgent?

… looking for excitement?

… stressed?

 

… desperate?

 

… self-protective?

 

… ambitious?

 

… indulgent?

My reading habits Where do I read?   When do I read?   How do I read?   Do I cheat?   Do I read one book at a time?   What do I do while I’m reading?

Where do I read?

 

When do I read?

 

How do I read?

 

Do I cheat?

 

Do I read one book at a time?

 

What do I do while I’m reading?

The most recent book I read Did I like how the book looked? Which part of the book did I enjoy the most?    Which part irritated me the most?     When did I begin to enjoy the book? Or when did I decide to give up?

Did I like how the book looked?

Which part of the book did I enjoy the most?

  

Which part irritated me the most?

 

  When did I begin to enjoy the book? Or when did I decide to give up?

How do I choose a book? “ I look at the book cover”      “ I listen to other people”      “ I look at the returned books in my library”      “ I know the author’s style”

“ I look at the book cover”

  

 

“ I listen to other people”

  

 

“ I look at the returned

books in my library”

  

 

“ I know the author’s style”

Do I know these people? ‘ What I’m really looking for is books about people who are more miserable than I am!’ ‘ I don’t really want to read about myself. I want something entertaining, a completely different world.’ ‘ I’m recently divorced. Before that, when I was in a bad mood with my husband, I’d get murder books!’

‘ What I’m really looking for is books about people who are more miserable than I am!’

‘ I don’t really want to read about myself. I want something entertaining, a completely different world.’

‘ I’m recently divorced. Before that, when I was in a bad mood with my husband, I’d get murder books!’

Promotions as part of the day-to-day service Frequent criticism of promotions: brief and expensive. Recommendation: to have a testing period for each promotion (e.g. 2 months) Records of books issued Comments from readers and staff – books and display. Then decide if the promotion should be continued as part of your regular service.

Frequent criticism of promotions: brief and expensive.

Recommendation: to have a testing period for each promotion (e.g. 2 months)

Records of books issued

Comments from readers and staff – books and display.

Then decide if the promotion should be continued as part of your regular service.

Promotion 1: Mind’s Eye It clarified the purpose of non-fiction promotion and also gave me the enthusiasm to think up promotional ideas of my own. [Librarian] www.reader-development.com/mindseye/index.htm

It clarified the purpose of non-fiction promotion and also gave me the enthusiasm to think up promotional ideas of my own. [Librarian]

www.reader-development.com/mindseye/index.htm

Promotion 2: Quick Reads/Ask Chris Objectives: To support all readers to find their next great read To help all adults to enjoy choosing and reading books for pleasure Results: A permanent category of stock A permanent book selection website

Objectives:

To support all readers to find their next great read

To help all adults to enjoy choosing and reading books for pleasure

Results:

A permanent category of stock

A permanent book selection website

 

 

 

Promotion 2: Quick Reads/Ask Chris Objectives: To support all readers to find their next great read To help all adults to enjoy choosing and reading books for pleasure Results: A permanent category of stock A permanent book selection website

Objectives:

To support all readers to find their next great read

To help all adults to enjoy choosing and reading books for pleasure

Results:

A permanent category of stock

A permanent book selection website

 

 

 

 

 

www.whichbook.net

 

 

 

 

 

Developing promotions in partnership with others

Collaborative working Partnerships within our own field - but on a wider scale with external agencies from public and private sectors. 2 forms of partnership: Commercial sponsorship Non-commercial partnership

Partnerships within our own field - but on a wider scale with external agencies from public and private sectors.

2 forms of partnership:

Commercial sponsorship

Non-commercial partnership

A commercial sponsorship Could provide financial support Could support a promotional campaign with high-profile promotional materials and advertising Could benefit 1 party more than another…

Could provide financial support

Could support a promotional campaign with high-profile promotional materials and advertising

A non-commercial partnership Consortia-based – sharing or jointly developing expertise and resources Projects require complex coordination (committees, working groups, etc.) – but as the project grows, the benefits to each stakeholder also grow.

Consortia-based – sharing or jointly developing expertise and resources

Projects require complex coordination (committees, working groups, etc.) – but as the project grows, the benefits to each stakeholder also grow.

Branching Out (1998 – today) Multiple partners from the beginning 33 local authorities originally involved (England) Raised status of reader-centred work via networks & partnerships Project still growing in the UK Website www.branching-out.net

Multiple partners from the beginning

33 local authorities originally involved (England)

Raised status of reader-centred work via networks & partnerships

Project still growing in the UK

Website www.branching-out.net

Working with the commercial sector Cross-sectoral partnerships used to have a bad reputation Projects such as Branching Out have shown that public/private partnerships can be ‘a model example’ of how to work with partners’; can be ‘influential’. Reader-centred work can lead to long-term sustainable partnerships

Cross-sectoral partnerships used to have a bad reputation

Projects such as Branching Out have shown that public/private partnerships can be ‘a model example’ of how to work with partners’; can be ‘influential’.

Reader-centred work can lead to long-term sustainable partnerships

An effective partnership model Private sector companies Brokering agencies e.g. Opening the Book, The Reading Agency Libraries

Summary of effective project-based work The solutions? mainstreaming - i.e. making project work a part of everyday reader-centred work, with sufficient time, staff, resources, and commitment. sustainability - i.e. ensuring that projects do not end after 9 months or a year, but are continued in our daily work.

mainstreaming - i.e. making project work a part of everyday reader-centred work, with sufficient time, staff, resources, and commitment.

sustainability - i.e. ensuring that projects do not end after 9 months or a year, but are continued in our daily work.

The impact of reader-centred activity: Can make our work more visible to the public Can increase staff confidence in working with ‘different’ books Can help to establish a long-term programme of reader-centred events/promotions. Is it worth the effort?

Can make our work more visible to the public

Can increase staff confidence in working with ‘different’ books

Can help to establish a long-term programme of reader-centred events/promotions.

Staff involved in reader-centred work Increased knowledge of contemporary literature Increased awareness of readers and their reading needs Awareness of sustainable models of partnership Increased use of technology as a tool to promote reading Stock selection and book promotion as core processes.

Increased knowledge of contemporary literature

Increased awareness of readers and their reading needs

Awareness of sustainable models of partnership

Increased use of technology as a tool to promote reading

Stock selection and book promotion as core processes.

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