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Webinar: Appealing to Genre Readers

Posted September 8, 2015


We all know them -- those readers dedicated to a particular genre -- you may even be one yourself! How can you help those readers find the perfect book to read when they’ve already made it through their list of author or title read-alikes? Appeals are a great place to start. Fantasy fans may enjoy reading about a large cast of characters or a sweeping storyline, while romance lovers may be interested in books that are high-drama or feature a sassy protagonist.

Appeals have become an increasingly important component of readers’ advisory services, going a step beyond read-alikes in a patron’s genre of choice. Join us and our panel of reader’s advisory experts, as we discuss strategies for going beyond genre read-alikes and using appeals to *ahem* appeal to avowed genre readers.

This webinar is archived. Click below to watch the recording.

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Resources from the Presentation


The Panelists

Joyce SaricksMolly WettaElizabeth ColemanLori Reed

Joyce G. Saricks worked from 1977 until her retirement in 2004 at the Downers Grove Public Library (IL) where she developed and directed the Literature and Audio Services Department, the heart of which involved working with fiction readers and books. She is the author of three books: Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library, Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, and Read On: Audiobooks. She is a columnist and Audio Editor for Booklist, and she also writes for EBSCO’s NoveList. She reads voraciously and is addicted to audiobooks. 

Molly Wetta is a collection development librarian at Lawrence (KS) Public Library where she selects teen materials, graphic novels, and media, facilitates book clubs for teens and adults, develops readers' advisory materials, and manages the library's Tumblr. She's passionate about matching readers to books they'll love. 

Elizabeth Coleman began working as an Adult Materials Cataloger at NoveList after receiving her master’s in library science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. As head of the Appeals Team, she spends a lot of time discussing how people talk about books. Additionally, Elizabeth is an avid reader across a variety of genres and has contributed to a number of special genre projects at NoveList. Reading is Elizabeth’s favorite pastime, her preferred genres being literary fiction, mysteries, poetry, and anything related to Greek mythology. 

Lori Reed (moderator) is the marketing specialist for NoveList. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009 for her efforts to promote lifelong learning in libraries and equal professional development opportunities for support staff, Lori is the coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Libraries and Nonprofit Trainers. Lori is a fan of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction and throws in nonfiction for fun.