Personalized Online RA

An interesting webinar is coming up August 7 from ALA: Rethinking Readers’ Advisory: An Interactive Approach. Check out this kind of service at VPEditionsWorkshop200x300L’s “Books Just for You” and Seattle Public Library’s “Your Next 5 Books“.

Rethinking Readers’ Advisory: An Interactive Approach (ALA Editions Workshop)
A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, August 7, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

By using a form-based approach to Readers’ Advisory, librarians can develop RA services that are more efficient and more responsive to patrons’ needs. Do you want to connect with your readers on a deeper level than displays and general book lists? Do you find yourself experiencing the patron-asks-for-reading-suggestion-and-mind-goes-blank phenomenon during an in-person readers’ advisory interview? Form-based readers’ advisory might be the answer. Join us for an overview of this exciting RA model, from start (getting administrative and staff buy-in) to finish (building forms and training staff members).

Topics include:

  • Why form-based readers’ advisory will help you better serve your library’s readers
  • What form-based RA is
  • Making the case to your library leaders
  • Crafting forms
  • How to assemble and train your form-based RA team
  • The finished product—a personalized reading guide

Anthea Goffe, Community Librarian, Fraser Valley Regional Library

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