Reader’s Advisory: Fall 2012


Rebecca Knuth


University of Hawaii


Fall 2012


A course on serving reading needs, especially those of adults, and on identifying the appeal of books and genres and helping readers to select books they will like. It addresses the major elements of reader advisory services and covers the fictional genres (mystery/detective, adventure, romance, Christian fiction, horror, science fiction, and more), and nonfiction [including self-help, biography, and more). The course also looks at readers’ advisory as a reference service, provides research on reading and experience in using RA resources, giving book talks, and participating in literature circles and book clubs/discussions.

Required Textbook:

Sarick, J. G. 2005. Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library, 3rd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

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