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

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...

10 Year Challenge Book Display

Publish Date: News / 12 December 2019

When we saw Kelsea Rowan post photos of her 10 Year Challenge book display to Library Think Tank - #ALATT, we had to reach out to learn more! She graciously agreed to share more about her fantastic display, including the display templates that she cr...

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 ...

Gamer's Advisory 101: Breaking the Monopoly

Publish Date: News / 21 May 2015

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...

Libraries are Not a 'Netflix for Books'

Publish Date: News / 4 August 2014

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 ...

Readers Advisory: Fresh Approach, Same Core Service

Publish Date: News / 14 October 2013

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...

Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics

Publish Date: Webinar / 8 October 2013

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.