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Readers' Advisory

In honor of Black History Month, we are going to look at African American fiction and some title and author suggestions for your patrons.
2/27/2018 | 0.75 hours | Slides (PDF)
This session explores various aspects of audiobooks from publishing to collection development.
3/23/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Have some history buffs needing a good historical fiction novel or a patron who can't get enough of the alternate history books? This webinar explores how to give these patrons good reader's advisory on historical fiction and alternate history fiction.
12/18/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Some librarians avoid reading horror because they think it’s too scary or violent. So how do you help your patron find horror books that match their preferences? By learning about the basics of horror in this one-hour session! We’ll talk about the history and appeal of horror, cover some of the most popular subgenres, and discuss how to match readers with their preferred level of gore. The horror genre is here to stay, so get comfortable with your fears and learn why this genre is growing in popularity.
2/8/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF), Book Recommendations (PDF), Horror for the Squeamish (PDF)
Patrons wanting a book or author recommendation rarely have twenty minutes to spare for a chat at the readers’ advisory desk. People want to get in and out, with something to ready, and they’re looking to you to be the expert. This session explores a strategy to manage this without reading everything you can get your hands on, twenty-four hours a day.
2/17/2017 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Learn about the basic framework and mindset you need to provide consistent quality title suggestions to your customers. Find out how to create and foster a culture of leisure reading and recommendations among your staff.
9/12/2018 | 0.75 hours | Slides (PDF)
This one hour webinar will discuss the difference between the suspense and thriller genres, as well as provide information about the multitude of thriller sub-genres.
11/15/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Dragons and witches and wizards, oh my!!! Join us on a webinar quest to discover the key to readers’ advisory for fantasy fiction. On our journey, we’ll look at characteristics and sub-genres of fantasy and a treasure-trove of series and author suggestions for your patrons.
5/2017 | 0.75 hours | Slides (PDF)
Surveys consistently find that women read more books than men, especially fiction. Explanations abound, from the biological differences between the male and female brains, to the way that boys and girls are introduced to reading at a young age. This session will explore this phenomenon and offer resources to encourage reading among your male patrons.
5/24/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Science fiction is more than Star Trek and Star Wars, so join us for this webinar that discusses science fiction and its many sub-genres. Even if you are not a fan of science fiction yourself, a look at the history and characteristics of this genre as well as some of the prominent authors and series will expand the universe of your readers’ advisory service.
5/2017 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Nonfiction readers advisory work is generally regarded as a newer area of work than readers advisory work in fiction. We examine the aspects of the nonfiction readers’ advisory service that can build a bridge from the library’s fiction to compelling and increasingly popular nonfiction in order to encompass the library's entire collection.
8/31/2017 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
This session discusses the basic steps involved in a readers' advisory interview. This process involves engaging library patrons in conversations that elicit information about reading interests and habits. The ultimate goal is to establish a connection with your readers so they come back again and again to talk about what they are enjoying.
9/14/2017 | 0.75 hours | Slides (PDF)
Cookbooks and diet books are typically among the most popular (and fun!) items in a public library’s collection. Is your collection as fresh as it could be, or has it passed its expiration date? Join us for this mouth-watering training where we’ll discuss some of the best diet and cook books and give you some selection tips as well. Bon appetit!
2/21/2019 | 1.5 hours | Diet books handout (PDF), Cookbooks handout (PDF)
Just as white is the absence of color, Mainstream Fiction is the absence of genre. But without genre characteristics, how do we recommend books to our patrons? Instead of looking at Mainstream Fiction through the lens of genre, this webinar will examine its four “appeal characteristics.” Once you learn their ins-and-outs, you’ll be able to help your patrons find books they love in this non-genre.
11/8/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Do you inwardly cringe when a patron asks for romance reading suggestions? Fear not! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a KDLA webinar dedicated to Cupid’s genre. In this crash course, you will learn what’s hot in romantic fiction, the keys to making insightful recommendations, and how to create a more romance-friendly library.
2/14/2018 | 1.25 hours | Slides (PDF)
Have mystery lovers looking for the next best mystery book to read? Need a little background information for the mystery genre? If the answer is yes then you are registering for the correct webinar!
10/25/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Have patrons that travel the world? Or just want to see the sites in the U.S.? Join us for this Reader's Advisory webinar about travel guides-print and web-based sources.
1/24/2019 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
This session explores ways to assess the readers advisory services in the library by examining the needs of the library’s readers and staff. It also examines special situations that can arise when library staff provides readers’ advisory services at the front desk.
12/13/2017 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Patrons wanting a book or author recommendation rarely have twenty minutes to spare for a chat at the readers' advisory desk. They're looking to you to be the expert. This session will provide a quick overview of three top genres: romance, women's fiction, and, historical fiction.
4/11/2017 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
This session provides an overview of the Horror, Christian Fiction and Western genres. This session is the conclusion to Be an Expert on the Top Genres and Top Genre Challenge.
8/10/2017 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Find out what UpLit is and how you can provide reader's advisory services for patrons looking for UpLit and Gentle Reads for that next great book!
11/28/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
For this promotion, the Paul Sawyier Public Library’s marketing strategy hinged on making staff picks more personable. They wanted to hook patrons in with recommendations from their favorite genres (and favorite library employees!), and then push the focus to NoveList. They put a face with the staff picks, created colorful marketing content, and used multiple social media platforms. This webinar covers the ideas behind the initiative, roll out, and if/how the NoveList usage statistics changed after the first quarter. 45 minutes
10/18/2017 | 0.75 hours | Slides (PDF)
Is your library's military fiction collection meek or mighty? This training will highlight recommended military and war fiction titles going all the way back to the Revolution, and discuss some ways to market this collection to your patrons.
1/16/2019 | 1 hour | Handout (PDF), Slides (PDF)
Appeal—the “chemistry” of readers’ advisory—is a way of determining why people enjoy the books they read. Some readers already have a good vocabulary for talking about the books they love, while some do better talking about books they never want to read again. Framing RA conversations in appeal factors is the foundation for helping people find what to read next.
10/2017 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
“Nonfiction is the sole literary category defined by what it is not –it is not fiction.” Nonfiction is based on real events and personalities, often contains verifiable facts, and is assumed to be “true.” This one-hour long session will look at the nonfiction genre by reviewing groupings of its subject matter and type or writing.
3/31/2014 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Ever wonder what exactly is Women’s Fiction? In honor of Women's History month, sign up for this Reader’s Advisory webinar and find out that and a lot more about women’s fiction.
3/15/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)


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