Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Readers' Advisory: How to Balance Your Library's Reading Budget

Readers' Advisory: How to Balance Your Library's Reading Budget - With Neal Wyatt and Joyce Saricks

Join ALA Editions for this 90-minute interactive learning experieince on: 
Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 1:30–3:00P Central ($50.00 fee)

The modern librarian likely has a never-ending to-read pile, which translates into a readers' advisory mess and an out-of-control readers' advisory budget. This workshop will offer practical tips to keep up with readers and your seemingly insurmountable to-be-read pile, saving time and money in the process.

Topics Covered In This Workshop:

• How to track titles that are popular in the country and in their libraries

• How to gain enough information from reviews and dust jackets to discuss books with readers

• How reader comments, librarian comments, and a range of social media can be mined to support RA work

• How to develop a personal plan to keep up with the weekly influx of new titles


Neal Wyatt is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. She is the editor of the Reference and User Services Quarterly's "Alert Collector" column, contributes to NoveList, and reviews for Booklist. A frequent popular speaker at ALA, PLA, and regional events, she has designed and taught RUSA's Web Continuing Education course on Readers’ Advisory Services. Her MSLS is from The Catholic University, where she formerly taught as adjunct professor.

Joyce G. Saricks worked as coordinator of the Literature and Audio Services Department at the Downers Grove Public Library from 1983 to 2004. In addition to authoring Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library (3rd ed., ALA, 2005), she has written numerous articles on readers' advisory, presented workshops on that topic for public libraries and library systems, and spoken at state, regional, and national library conferences. Currently she serves as read-alike coordinator (and author) for EBSCO's NoveList and columnist and audio reviewer for Booklist. She also teaches readers' advisory at Dominican University's School of Library and Information Science (Illinois).
(ALA Editions, January 11, 2011)

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