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.

Most Recently Added

Adopt-a-Shelf Program Lets Students Create Book Displays

Publish Date: News / 12 April 2023

Libraries can offer safe, welcoming spaces for young people to access resources and programming, explore their interests, and connect with peers. And these benefits can be even more impactful when young people feel like they can actively contribute. ...

Connecting Libraries and People through the New WorldCat.org

Publish Date: News / 19 October 2022

Libraries have always been trusted spaces in our communities, and the events of the past several years have brought more attention to the important work they’re doing. News stories highlighted the creative ways libraries mobilized to offer vital reso...

Engaging Adults with Low Literacy Levels

Publish Date: Webinar / 7 July 2022

This webinar explores the characteristics of adults with low literacy levels and provides strategies for library staff to support reading literacy in adults.

"Let's Talk Race" Toolkits

Publish Date: Webinar / 22 February 2022

Staff from the Salt Lake City Public Library share how they built picture book-based kits, offering practical and positive ways to talk to children about race.

Book and Library-related Podcasts

Publish Date: News / 13 October 2020

Screen fatigue – the exhaustion felt from so much time spent in front of computers and mobile devices – has many people turning to podcasts, allowing them to take a break from screen and to listen instead. In a post to the Library Think Tank group on...

Resources to Encourage Reading with The Library 100 List

Publish Date: News / 18 April 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 i...

Crowdsourcing Alternatives to "There Are No Stupid Questions"

Publish Date: News / 16 April 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...

Reading Conversations: RA for All Library Staff

Publish Date: News / 18 July 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 ...