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Reference & User Servcie Quarterly

“E-books and Readers’ Advisory” July 5, 2011  vol 50, no 4

“Materials Matchmaking: Articulating Whole Library Advisory”  April 3, 2011    vol 50,  no 3

“Food and Travel:  Twin Readers’ Advisory Pleasures”    December 29, 2010    vol 50 no 2

“Booktalking for Adult Audiences”   April 7, 2010  vol 49 no 3

“Your Brain on Fiction”   November 28,  2009  vol 49 no  1

“Stalking the Wild Appeal Factor:  Readers’ Advisory and Social Networking Sites.”  May 29,  2009   vol 48, no 3 pp 243+

“Building on a Firm Foundation: Readers’ Advisory over the Next Twenty-Five Years.”    Mar 29, 2099   vol 48, no 2, pg 132+ 

“Incorporating nonfiction into readers' advisory services.”  January 5 2008   vol 46, no 1 

“A house divided? Two views on genre separation.”  Winter 2006, vol 46, no 2, p. 33+  


Readers' Advisory Service


      Research-based Readers' Advisory

       by Jessica Moyer

Book Lust: recommended reading for every mood, moment, and reason.

by Nancy Pearl

     More Book Lust:

    rcommended reading for every mood, moment, 

     and reason

     by Nancy Pearl


   Book Cuush:    For Kids and Teens:

   recommended reading for every mood, moment,

   and interest.

   by Nancy Pearl

Reader's Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction

by Joyce G. Saricks

Readers' Advisroy Service in the Public Library

by Joyce G. Saricks

Library Journal

The Redefining RA series explores the transformation taking place in reader’s advisory owing to philosophical shifts in RA as well as the technological innovations that enable them.

Reading Maps Remake RA  (LJ 11/1/06, p. 38)  describess an online tool to re-create a book’s universe and link to other library materials.  

Exploring Nonfiction  (LJ 2/15/2007, p.32), taps the potential of the collection beyond fiction. 

An RA Big Think  (LJ  7/1/2007 p. 40-43), describes the appeal tools  used by RA librarians and changes by suggesting the use of terms such as frame,  story line and  format;   Joyce Saricks considers genre sliding -  adrenaline,   intellect, emotion and landscape groups;  Nancy Pearl suggests doorways: story,   setting, character and language. 

Take the RA Talk Online     (LJ  February 15, 2008  pp 32 – 34) continues the discussed about RA online. 

The RA Tool Kit and RA Media Guide   (LJ June 15, 2008 pp 42 – 45)  provides the resources you need to keep up and provide the four fundamental objectives of RA service ( know what is big; finding great reads, listen and vies; making connections and identify what patrons see and predict what they might request). 

Keeping Up with Genres”  (LJ  November 1, 2008  pp30 - 33)      explains how genre studies can fit your library needs, while enriching RA efforts    and building staff skills.

"The Ideal Tool"      (LJ October 15, 2009  pp. 39 - 43)  Large scale tagging projects outside libraries put users at the center and offer a model fo r readers advisory.

"Kissing Cousins"  (Lj  June 15, 2010  pp 28 - 30)  Sometimes cast as a competive face-off readers' advisor and reference actually go hand in hand.