An interesting webinar is coming up August 7 from ALA: Rethinking Readers’ Advisory: An Interactive Approach. Check out this kind of service at VPL’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).
- 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