Reader’s Advisory for Adult Popular Fiction: Summer 2007

Instructor:

Wayne A. Wiegand

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Summer 2007

Description:

An examination of the nature and societal functions of a variety of mass media-generated adult reading materials and their relationship to the contemporary field of library and information studies.

Required Textbook:

Herald, D. T., 2006. Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests, 6th ed.
Ross, C. S., McKechnie, L. E. F., Rothbauer, P. M. 2006. Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/693_wiegand.pdf

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Reader’s Advisory: Fall 2012

Instructor:

Rebecca Knuth

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Fall 2012

Description:

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:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/693_knuth_f12.doc

Reader’s Advisory Services: Summer 2012

Instructor:

Pauline Rothstein

School:

Long Island University

Semester:

Summer 2012

Description:

This course teaches both traditional reader’s advisory skills (neglected in the past decade with the emphasis on new technology) and the use of print and electronic reader’s advisory tools. The purpose of the course is to enhance the skills needed to match the book with the reader. The use and selection of multiple formats will be emphasized in addressing collection development skills for RA librarians. Databases such as Ebsco’s Novelist, social cataloging tools such as Goodreads and social media e.g., Facebook and Pinterest will be evaluated and used as part of a final project. The implications of E-Readers and Tablets for RA services will be part of the course. Speakers from the library and publishing world will visit the class. Students will be expected to visit a library or other RA site and to complete a final project incorporating skills learned in the course.

Required Textbook:

Saricks, J. G. 2005. Readers’ advisory service in the public library, 3rd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://palmerblog.liu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/LIS-610-summer-2012.pdf