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Readers' advisory has long ago sprinted past merely suggesting books to patrons; it now encompasses many different formats and means of communication--working with patrons of all types and ages, in and outside the actual library. To help harried librarians handle increased demand, experts Jessica Moyer and Kaite Stover assemble a group of specialists who have created a one-stop resource for all kinds of readers' advisory issues. Here you will find a trove of solid guidance, including

  • How to advise patrons on all kinds of media, from fiction and nonfiction to audiobooks, graphic novels and even reference materials
  • How to provide services to senior citizens, teens and even readers who are incarcerated
  • How to handle author visits and book groups
  • How to enhance storytelling, even for adults

Covering everything from getting to know a library's materials to marketing and promoting RA, this practical handbook will help you expand services immediately without adding costs or training time.


Jessica E. Moyer and Kaite Mediatore Stover

Part I Getting to Know Your Materials
Chapter 1 How to Read a Book in Ten Minutes


Jessica E. Moyer

Chapter 2 Nonfiction Speed Dating



Sarah Statz Cords

Chapter 3 How to Listen to a Book in Thirty Minutes



Kaite Mediatore Stover

Chapter 4 How to Read a Graphic Novel in Five Minutes



Erin Downey Howerton

Chapter 5 Keeping Up: Genre Studies as Continuing Education



Lucy M. Lockley

Part II Reviewing and Evaluating Materials
Chapter 6 Reviews and Annotations for Fiction and Nonfiction



Lynne Welch

Chapter 7 Reviewing Audiobooks



Sue-Ellen Beauregard

Chapter 8 How to Review Graphic Novels and Manga



Jessica Zellers

Chapter 9 Reviewing and Evaluating Reference Materials



Jessica E. Moyer

Part III Marketing, Promoting, and Sharing Materials
Chapter 10 Passive Readers' Advisory: Bookmarks, Booklists, and Displays



Lissa Staley

Chapter 11 Creating Themed Booklists



Lynne Welch

Chapter 12 Read-Alikes



Lynne Welch

Chapter 13 Book Group Kits



Lissa Staley

Chapter 14 Taking Readers' Advisory Online



Bobbi Newman

Part IV Programming
Chapter 15 Book Groups



Kay Sodowsky

Chapter 16 How to Host Author Events



Paul Smith

Chapter 17 Adult Storytime



David Wright

Part V Expanding Readers' Advisory Services
Chapter 18 Readers' Advisory by Proxy for Teens



Heather Booth

Chapter 19 Readers' Advisory for Older Adults



Alicia Ahlvers

Chapter 20 Readers' Advisory for Incarcerated Populations



Kate Pickett and CJ Sullivan

Chapter 21 Suggesting Adult Books to Teen Readers



Jessica E. Moyer

Chapter 22 Suggesting Teen Books to Adult Readers



Heather Booth

List of Contributors


Jessica E. Moyer

Jessica E. Moyer has MS and CAS degrees from the University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Currently she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in the Literacy Education program. She has published articles in Reference and User Services Quarterly, New Library World, and the Libraries Unlimited Readers' Advisor Newsletter, and she is the author of Research-Based Readers' Advisory (American Library Association, 2008). An active member of ALA, Moyer is currently a member of the editorial boards for Reference and User Services Quarterly and Booklist's Reference Books Bulletin and is chair of the 2010 RUSA Awards committee. She reviews fiction, audiobooks, reference books, and professional reading for Booklist and fiction for Library Journal.

Kaite Mediatore Stover

Kaite Mediatore Stover is the head of readers' services for the Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library. She holds a master's degree in library science and a master's degree in literature from Emporia (Kansas) State University. Stover is the "She Reads" columnist and an audiobook reviewer for Booklist, a contributing writer for NoveList, and has contributed articles to Reference and User Services Quarterly. She is active in ALA and has served on the Booklist Advisory Board, the PLA Readers' Advisory Committee, the RUSA CODES Readers' Advisory Committee, YALSA's Alex Awards Committee, and the Sophie Brody Medal Committee. In 2003 she was named one of Library Journal's Movers and Shakers.

"This title is appropriate for supervisors of RA librarians with collection development responsibilities in public or high school libraries serving larger populations. It is especially good for the busy librarian, who can dive into the most appropriate chapter, grab the pearls of wisdom, and emerge armed with real-world advice and a great new recommendation for the patron."
--Library Journal

"The tone of the chapters is informal and therefore very accessible. Worksheets at the end of some of the chapters will prove especially valuable for staff development."

"Readers' advisory is at the heart of what public libraries are all about, and this book is a great resource for librarians looking to beef up or refresh their reader's advisory skills. This helpful new handbook will have appeal for any librarian who reviews and selects materials, works at a public service desk, or is responsible for library programming. A must for all public, school, and academic libraries."
--The Idaho Librarian

"This practical guidebook fills a much needed gap in the sphere of readers' advisory works as it takes into account new technologies, genres, and means of performing readers' advisory ... The book is well organized and is easy to read; it is thorough enough to be used as a textbook for instruction. However, the short chapters and detailed index also make it a useful reference tool for reference desks everywhere. This work is highly recommended for all types of libraries."
--Collection Building

"The editors have brought together a group of thoughtful authors, including some familiar names in the RA world as well as several newer writers ... Whether you are looking for ideas for displays, trying to expand your knowledge of genres, or starting to write about books for your library, The Readers' Advisory Handbook contains much useful basic information."