April 22, 2016
I had a blast listening in and live tweeting at our recent webcast: Yes you can! Readers’ advisory for everyone, and if you attended, I hope you did too. (If you missed it, check out the recording!) One of the highlights for me was the interactive idea exchange happening in the chat. Attendees were swapping ideas left and right, and I couldn’t resist compiling some of these ideas to share.
“We did a display of fiction based on pets (mostly dogs) for Valentine’s Day called ‘I love my pet.’ We made buttons for patrons saying ‘I love my dog’ ‘Ask me about my cat’ etc. Our display also had pics of all the staff pets.”
“I love having bookmarks with staff recommendations – we’ve just started and it is fun for staff and useful for patrons who get to know their librarian’s reading tastes. Great for when there is no space for displays, too.”
“We create sticky note RA to place in the cover of new books – ‘enjoy this book? Try these similar titles!’ It’s low impact, can be done very fast, and helps patrons…We fill out the sticky notes as books are shelved in the New Books display and use the read-alikes from NoveList. We also save the information on a spreadsheet for staff to be able to look up the RA we have without the physical book being in the library.”
“I created a display called the Island of Forgotten Books that looks like a grass hut, complete with a palm tree. We have seen a 50 to 75% checkout rate each month and have saved tons of books from weeding projects.”
“I spend a lot of time shelving the new books, aka stalking the browsers there…great opportunity for hand-selling!”
“We have a social media campaign that is #TheresADeweyForThat with library staff out the world reading a book from that call number in a clever setting -- wine book in a vineyard, Treehouse book in a treehouse, yoga book in a yoga class. Nonfiction RA is fun to do too!”
Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention that we have some great readers' advisory tools available to help you - check out NoveList for help with finding books on a theme and LibraryAware for making great bookmarks and social posts.
Have any more ideas you’d like to share? Drop them in the comments or tweet us @NoveListRA -- we’d love to hear from you!
Cassi Hall is the Communications Specialist at NoveList.