Readers' Advisory

Librarian providing readers advisory to a patron

Regardless of technological changes, patrons still come to us for book recommendations and we love to give them! Find resources to help you develop your readers advisory skills so that you can help patrons find the right book for them. Also explore tools and resource that help inform the readers advisor on current, popular and notable books of every genre and for every age.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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Resources to Encourage Reading with The Library 100 List

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2019

Last month, OCLC published a great list based on our own original research: The Library 100—Top Novels of All Time. It's a list of the novels that more libraries have on their shelves than any others.

The research was based on holdings infor...

Crowdsourcing Alternatives to "There Are No Stupid Questions"

 News / Last Modified: 09 May 2019

Libraries are a place for finding answers, but first come the questions. Whether working at the reference desk or teaching a class, you've likely had more than a handful of patrons approach you to say, "I have a stupid question." My respons...

Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics

 Webinar / Last Modified: 08 May 2018

This webinar expands on basic premises and practices of reader's advisory, exploring new ways to address the needs of your library's core constituency of readers.

Readers Advisory: Fresh Approach, Same Core Service

 News / Last Modified: 08 May 2018

Experts from Seattle Public Library's (SPL) Reader Services Department recently shared their enthusiastic and innovative approach to Readers Advisory in the WebJunction webinar Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics. As libraries evolve and adapt to chan...

Libraries are Not a 'Netflix for Books'

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

The recent news about Amazon's Netflix-like service for eBooks and Kindle subscriptions has done more than raise eyebrows. At a time when we see budget crunches and misleading reports about dwindling interest in books and public libraries, an entire ...

Reading Conversations: RA for All Library Staff

 News / Last Modified: 04 August 2016

With a new strategic goal to focus on increasing patron access to and engagement with books and reading, the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) in Northwestern Washington embarked on an ambitious effort to get all of their staff ready and eager to ...

Gamer's Advisory 101: Breaking the Monopoly

 News / Last Modified: 01 March 2016

The hobby board game market is booming. Everywhere news media outlets pronounce that board games are "making a comeback" or are "going through a golden age" or experiencing a "renaissance" or are "in full swing.&quo...

Readers Advisory to the Rescue

 News / Last Modified: 21 October 2013

Readers Advisory is a hallmark of library service. Introducing patrons to a new author or title, helping them select works from a particular genre, or even first setting them on the reading path, librarians use their powers to identify and guide cust...