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Out of the Box Readers' Advisory


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Out of the Box Readers' Advisory

  1. 1. Out of the Box Readers’ Advisory
  2. 2. MeLeah L. WhiteReader Services LibrarianNorthbrook Public
  3. 3. the plan
  4. 4. the plan• What do we mean by “out of the box”?• Inside the library• On the Internet• Outside the library• Tips and Advice
  5. 5. Out of the Box Defined
  6. 6. Nontraditional times call for nontraditional services
  7. 7. The grocery store vs the kitchen
  8. 8. The grocery store vs the kitchen
  9. 9. The grocery store vs the kitchen
  10. 10. Budgets are tight. Time to get creative yet practical.
  11. 11. Inside the Library
  12. 12. Bestseller Preview• Keep a list of new and upcoming books that are popular at your library• Allows for simple and quick interactions with staff• People will use it• Make a space for people to put their name and card number• Who orders? Put them in charge.
  13. 13. Book Displays more, more, more!
  14. 14. Simple and stocked. not too pretty concept
  15. 15. Stay Organized• Have a system and follow it• Idea: dummy circ account• Use items from all over the library• If you do more, you must stay organized• Keep a stash of replacement items
  16. 16. Keep a permanent staff picks display
  17. 17. Start thinking about browsability
  18. 18. QR Codes
  19. 19. How to QR Code• Go to• Type in your URL and click “Shorten”• Click on “Info Page+”• Save the QR code• Create an account to track statistics
  20. 20. On the Internet
  21. 21. Bestseller Preview Online
  22. 22. Don’t have lists? You have options.
  23. 23. Social Networks OMG SO MANY!
  24. 24. What is your goal? Articulate it. Practice it.
  25. 25. My favorites
  26. 26. Good examples
  27. 27. Blogging? Consider your audience.
  28. 28. If you decide to blog, check out:
  29. 29. If you decide to blog, check out:
  30. 30. Outside the Library
  31. 31. Book clubs LitLounge
  32. 32. Why does the library belong in a bar?• Attract new patrons of varied ages and genders• Updated image for the library• Increased visibility in the community• Cooperation with local businesses• Provide programming and relevancy to a group that is not being served by existing library programs
  33. 33. Make it Easy Senior Center Book Talks
  34. 34. Tips and Advice
  35. 35. • Learn about your patrons needs and wantsListen • Reading suggestions will get better • Helps set goals
  36. 36. Haven’t read a book? Don’t freak out.
  37. 37. Don’t be the socially lazy sloth.
  38. 38. Read out of your comfort zone!
  39. 39. Read the best and the worst review of a book.
  40. 40. Read the best and the worst review of a book.
  41. 41. Read the best and the worst review of a book.
  42. 42. Anything to share?
  43. 43. Thank you! follow: @leahlibrarian