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Readers’ Advisory Fundamentals: Books & Beyond

Tuesday, August 23

Register for this six-week online course.

Tuesday, August 23 – Sunday, October 2, 2022.

  • Are you involved in planning, providing and promoting advisory services to your community’s adult readers, listeners, and viewers at a time when public health concerns have altered your library’s service plan?
  • Would you like to increase your comfort with responding to community member interests in locating materials that will satisfy their searches for books, audiobooks, films, and music?
  • Are you ready to learn how to apply best practices in contemporary advisory, working with your library’s collections and your community’s assets and challenges?

In this six-week online course, which satisfies all of the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) competency areas for adult advisory work, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice the interviewing, evaluation, and communication skills needed to provide your local community with access to satisfying leisure reading, listening, and viewing, and become acquainted with a variety of resources to help you build your advisory skills.

Note: This six-week course covers content previously offered through two separate four-week Infopeople online courses.

Course Description: Through a variety of readings and other resources, assignments and optional activities, online discussion forums, and guided field practice, this six-week online course provides: best practices, tips and techniques, and the opportunity to put them into immediate action meeting your community’s interests in reading and media discovery. It’s likely that interests and media format preferences have been affected by the COVID19 pandemic and we will address alternative approaches to helping community members find leisure media and reading in spite of library service changes. In addition to becoming familiar with a variety of published tools that support excellent advisory work, you will develop your own customized aids and become ready to collaborate with other agencies in your community, and beyond.

See the course outline and more information here.

Presented by :: Francisca Goldsmith

CALL SPONSORED: CALL is offering a limited number of free seats to California library staff in this Infopeople course. Please use the link above to register for one of these no-cost seats. In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat or place for someone else.


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Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Books & Beyond