NSW Readers’ Advisory Seminar at the SLNSW on 18 March 2015

Posted on April 14, 2015. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , , , , |

In mid March Lorraine and I were fortunate enough to go to the RA Seminar, an annual event which this year had as it’s theme this year science and science fiction. As always, it was an exciting day.

You can read about it in the Public Library Services Blog post Reading (a)loud. There are lots of links to the various presentations.


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12 Months – 12 Reading Experiences

Posted on January 19, 2011. Filed under: Books, Libraries and Librarians, Reader's Advisory | Tags: , , , |

After a very successfull 2010 Librarians Reading Challenge, the NSW Readers Advisory Group are inviting library staff to take part in the 2011 Librarians Reading Challenge. You can also participate in the 2011 Twitter Reading Group.

2011 Librarians Reading Challenge

Each month in 2011, you are encouraged to read items on a set theme and to then post your choices in the corresponding month on the NSWRA wiki. Your reading experience on the topic for the month can vary from books and blogs to poetry, plays or essays.

 To take part you will need to be a member of the NSW Readers Advisory Wiki.  Once you are a member you can go to the 2011 Librarian’s Reading Challenge page and add your name.

Each month has a different theme.
January #suagb – Scare up a good book – This ties in with the national summer reading theme. Why should children be the only ones who can’t sleep? In January read scary titles, they could be true (scary takes of disaster, and scary tales of people’s lives) or stories of fiction (including horror).
February #heartreads Romance
March #specfic Fantasy
April #oznzreads – ANZAC and writers from both countries
May #grrlpower – Women
June #goreads – Travel
July #whodoneit – Crime
August #geekreads – Science
September #bookbites – Food
October #egoreads – Biography
November #moreads – Men with mustaches
December #summerreads – What to read when it’s hot ……… or hot-reading

 In 2010 the challenge was to read something outside of your normal comfort zone, try different genres and it was a lot of fun. The entries all make interesting reading. Have a peek here.

2011 Twitter Reading Group

The Twitter Reading Group (and blog) is an opportunity to run programs for the broader library clients and online communities. This is an online reading group, one that involves microblogging, blogging and taking pictures about reading. Through this program, we will be encouraging our clients to tweet, blog or post photographs about what they are reading. This is also an opportunity to engage with online users who are not currently library users. For more information click here

The RA Group would like to see staff to take up the challenge for 2011 with the same enthusiasm from 2010 and look forward to your comments on the wiki and on twitter. Happy reading to all.

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Posted on September 28, 2010. Filed under: Books, Reader's Advisory, Web sites | Tags: , , |

FictFact is a site for those who like to read books in a series and do a bit of social networking while they are about it.

You create a free account and then you can create lists of favourite series, read the books in order and get notified when books are released or added. You can add your own tags to books and read books of similar genre or setting.

You can browse by series, author or popularity.

Let’s take a quick look . . .

Here’s historical crime writer, C.J. Sansom with his Shardlake series set in Tudor England.

You can either click on the Shardlake link and be taken to the series list

You can see what other people who have been reading the Shardlake series are also reading

Or you can click on one of the tags and see other series with similar genre criteria

Log in and explore for yourself.

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National Year of Reading 2012

Posted on July 15, 2010. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians, Reader's Advisory | Tags: , , |



The National Year of Reading Australia which will occur in 2012 was launched earlier this week. Check out their web site here: www.love2read.org.au. This is inspired by the National of Reading UK which happened in 2008. See the UK site: www.readingforlife.org.uk

The Readers Advisory Group has added a page to their wiki where ideas on how to celebrate the National Year of Reading (“no ideas too small or too big”) can be added: http://readersadvisory.wetpaint.com/page/Ideas+for+2012

This is an exciting project and it would be great to play a part.


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Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Reader's Advisory | Tags: , |

Here’s a nifty site: YourNextRead

At YourNextRead you can enter the name of a book or author or genre you enjoy reading and you will be given a choice of books to try next. Here’s the result of my search using Wolf Hall (just won the first Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction):

It’s a little hit and miss – how did Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest get there? Was it because of an Ian Rankin search I’d done previously?

Anyway, if you go on to click on any of the recommended books, not only do you get a description and Amazon review for the book, but another set of recommendations will be generated.

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Book Suggesting Machine

Posted on May 19, 2010. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Reader's Advisory | Tags: , |

Not sure what to read next? Here’s something you could try, The Bookulating Suggest-O-Mometer

Click on here to try it

Enter your details in the Suggest-O-Mometer dashboard

And a choice of books will be delivered

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Readers’ Advisory Training #2

Posted on March 26, 2010. Filed under: Reader's Advisory | Tags: |

And so the second enthusiastic group of new Rewarding Reading graduates finished the course. No cricket this week but they came up with more good ideas about Readers’ Advisory things we can get up to.

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Readers’ Advisory Training

Posted on March 19, 2010. Filed under: Reader's Advisory | Tags: , |

Congratulations to the first group who finished their Rewarding Reading Readers’ Advisory training on Wednesday 17th March.

Rita, Melanie, Maxine, Gillian, Aniko, Eleonora and Vanessa have worked hard, given their all and hopefully learned some new skills to enhance their enjoyment and commitment to their work and our library services. Thank you for your enthusiastic participation.

Vicki joined us for the last session where we talked about some ideas for the future and gave the participants a lovely notebook each.

It wasn’t all hard work – we went out to play at lunch time.

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Nancy Pearl’s Under the Radar Reading Recommendations

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Books, Libraries and Librarians, Reader's Advisory | Tags: , , |

Uberlibrarian Nancy Pearl has a list of Under-the-radar gift books for the holiday season. In NPR she says, “When it comes time to take stock of the year in books, it’s inevitable that a few titles will escape notice in the rush to hand out accolades. Here are a few books that flew “under the radar” this year that I think will make perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list — babies, kids, teens, and adults.
Oh, and don’t forget yourself, too — read them all before you wrap them and give them away!”

Read through Nancy’s list here.

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Patrons Tales

Posted on November 16, 2009. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , |

Another RA idea, this time from Marla at Great Falls Public Library

A patron suggested the library purchase a blank journal book and make it available for patrons to write their own thoughts, stories, etc. in.

A staff member purchased a nice “old looking” journal, fairly large-sized (maybe 8 1/2″ x 11″). The covers are done like an old leather bound book. We made a title for the spine called Patrons’ Tales, barcoded it, made a short title record & processed it like a regular book. We had a special display out in the lobby for the adult summer reading program and included the blank book with a brief explanation of what it is; this helped draw attention to it. We now have it available on the readers’ advisory desk when it is in.

I was worried we would get nasty comments, words, etc. but so far it has been quite delightful. Patrons have entered poetry, short stories, some art work and observations on life. The book has actually had holds placed on it as it seems to go in and out quite regularly.

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