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15 Ways to Makeover Your RA (Part 1)

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Posted January 08, 2015 in Readers' Advisory News

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Does your library need a readers' advisory makeover? Could your staff benefit from some fresh, new ideas to reach the wide variety of readers in your community? Leading up the RA Makeover webcast on February 10, we'll be posting a series of 15 ideas, tips, and tidbits of inspiration to help you make 2015 your best year for readers' advisory yet.


  1. Start a series of Staff Picks posts on your blog, it's a fun way for readers to connect with your staff!
  2. Help patrons discover new books and connect with others in your community by setting up an online community readers' advisory group. Take it to the next level by creating displays like "A reader recommends…" and organizing monthly meetups at local hotspots for lively discussions about the books.
  3. Personalize your readers' advisory by giving each staff member their own stock of small cards to hand out to patrons when they're doing in-person RA. Have one side of the card blank for writing down the call numbers of books, and on the other side have the card filled out with the librarian's name, branch, and maybe even their photo.
  4. Design RA bookmarks for popular authors and titles and stock them at a consistently-rotated display. Keep your designs clean and modern and you'll watch the promoted books and bookmarks fly off the shelves! If your library subscribes to LibraryAware, it's quick and easy to create bookmarks of any variety, like this What to Read Next bookmark for fans of the Jack Reacher novels. 
  5. Instead of displaying booklists on a rack, try putting them inside books that patrons are already checking out -- they'll get a great idea of what to read next!

Look for the rest of our fresh and spicy RA ideas in the coming weeks, and if you want to share some of your own tweet us @NoveListRA and use the hashtag #RAMakeover.