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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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...

Reader's Advisory Services on Library Web Sites

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 2012

This chapter from "Library Web Sites: Creating Online Collections and Services" shows how libraries can provide online reader's advisory services.

Crossover Books for Teens and Adults

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 2012

We took titles, genres, and authors that already have crossover appeal and created booklists that have adult and YA readalikes. We created this document for DLS Day 2010.