Library 1105: Readers’ Advisory
Library 1105: Readers’ Advisory explores the role of the Library Technical Assistant in service to recreational readers in public libraries. Readers’ Advisory is an intrinsic component of reference and, in many libraries, a separate public service position. Library Technical Assistants are quite often on the front lines of this service, and need to be well equipped to provide competent and knowledgeable information to answer reading and literature-oriented questions posed by readers of fiction and narrative non-fiction. Study of genres and types of literature are emphasized, as well as techniques for providing competent patron interaction, collection analysis, displays, exhibits and supporting bibliographic tool creation, and planning and implementation of reading and book-related programs.
Prerequisite: Library Technology 1101 Introduction to Libraries and the Information Age
Questions you will explore in this course
- How to recommend reading materials to patrons
- Similarities and differences in Genres
- What makes a genre popular
- Understand the evolution of readers’ advisory service in the U.S. from its didactic and proscriptive origins to its current focus on leisure readers.
- Recognize the similarities and differences between types of genre and mainstream literature
- Demonstrate competency in conducting reference interviews to determine reading appeal requirements of patrons
- Exhibit competency in talking about books and the appeal characteristics of literature
- Demonstrate knowledge of the standard print and electronic reference resources used in the practice of readers’ advisory service
- Demonstrate familiarity with the various types of programming planned for readers and reading in public libraries, including reading programs and book discussion activities
- Demonstrate ability to plan and create useful booklists and annotated bibliographies to be used with patrons
- Internet connection from an Internet provider.
- You will use Adobe Connect in this course. Adobe Connect requires an internet connection, a web browser, and Adobe Flash Player version 10.1 or later. Adobe Connect supports nearly every operating system including Windows, Macintosh, Solaris and Linux including most widely used browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.
- Consult the Quick Start Guide for Adobe Participants
- Headphones with built-in microphone for use with Adobe Connect.
- Real Player Software. Download a free player: http://www.real.com/
Please refer to the Online College section on Computer and Internet Experience and Succeeding in Internet Courses to help determine if online courses are right for you.
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For more information about the Library and Information Technology Program at College of DuPage, refer to our website.