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Guiding the Reader to the Next Book

Shearer, Kenneth A.

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ISBN 10: 1555702090 / ISBN 13: 9781555702090
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Title: Guiding the Reader to the Next Book

Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers

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Aiming to help library managers help their patrons to find books they will enjoy, this book offers an understanding of, and practical tips to guide the patron to their next book. It also covers ways to follow up this advice to see how successful these recommendations are.

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Many of the contributors to this volume share the opinion that reader's advisory is a major function of many public libraries, yet it fails to get the same level of attention as the provision of information services. This book reports on research that supports commonly held reader's advisory practices such as using reference interviewing skills to probe a reader's interest and analyzing the responses in order to produce appropriate suggestions; recognizing and taking advantage of user habits, such as the tendency to choose books from eye-level shelves; and the well-known phenomenon of patrons eagerly taking books off a cart waiting to be reshelved. Also discussed is the history of the research on reader's advisory issues and areas for future research. Two appendixes provide web sites of general interest and a bibliography detailing the research on fiction classification. Developing Readers' Advisory Services (Professional Reading, LJ 8/93) is an alternate title on the same subject. For scholars and specialists with a strong interest in reader's advisory services.?Dolores Maminski, Frederick Cty. P.L., Md.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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