Readers’ advisory is a key part of librarianship, and yet the topic remains intimidating to many librarians. In a recent Booklist webinar, Robin Nesbitt, Manager of the Hilliard Branch at Columbus Metropolitan Library, says her library has changed the name of “readers’ advisory” to “reading conversations” to reduce any stigma or expectation surrounding the phrase and further CML’s mission of inspiring reading, sharing resources, and connecting people.
At Booklist, we hope to further similar goals by providing resources like features with RA techniques and tips, Booklist Online editor-suggested read-alikes and advanced search functionality, and our Corner Shelf e-newsletter. (By the way, if you’re a subscriber and haven’t yet activated your Booklist Online profile to take advantage of the aforementioned resources—hop to it!)
We also tackle readers’ advisory in free webinars. We’ve had some great ones of late, ranging from a broad look at RA—where we heard from Robin Nesbitt and others—to a specific look at part of the library collection. Here’s a quick round-up of those programs, and be sure to head to the Booklist Webinars Archive page for more professional development at your leisure.
Readers’ Advisory Prescription (August 27, 2015)
Duncan Smith (NoveList), Becky Spratford (RA for All), and Rebecca Vnuk (Booklist) discuss common RA issues and side effects. This is the first program in the “RA Conversations” series brought to you by NoveList and Booklist. More to come about how to attend these free, live programs if you’re a Chicago-area librarian!
Readers’ Advisory for Your Library’s Midlist Collection (August 11, 2015)
RA experts Wendy Bartlett (Cuyahoga County Public Library), Robin Nesbitt (Columbus Metropolitan Library), and Joyce Saricks (Booklist) discuss approaches and techniques to promote your adult midlist—and help your readers find those special under-the-radar gems.
Discovering Great Historical Fiction (July 21, 2015)
ALA Editions author (The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction) Jen Baker discusses how to help readers find the right books. Booklist Adult Books editor Brad Hooper shares key historical fiction titles every library should have, and Five Star offers forthcoming historical fiction titles.
Discovering Great Mysteries Hidden in Plain Sight (May 19, 2015)
ALA Editions author (The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Mystery) and Booklist reviewer John Charles reveals the secrets of helping patrons discover their next favorite mystery. Books on Tape, Penguin Random House, Poisoned Pen Press, and Seventh Street Books also share their new crime fiction titles.