Readers’ Advisory. Christine Tuttell LSIS – 5505 Capstone Project – August 2, 2011. Definitions and of Readers’ Advisory.
LSIS – 5505
Capstone Project – August 2, 2011
Source: Readers’ advisory. (2011). Retrieved July 29, 2011, from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Readers'_advisory
Source: Readers’ Advisory. (2005, October 29). Retrieved July 29, 2011, from Library Success: http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Definition
My readers’ advisory program will service two audiences:
Stage 4 – Industry vs. Inferiority - This stage covers the early school years from approximately age 5 to 11.Through social interactions, children begin to develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments and abilities.
The preoperational stage occurs between ages two and six. Language development is one of the hallmarks of this period. Piaget noted that children in this stage do not yet understand concrete logic, cannot mentally manipulate information, and are unable to take the point of view of other people, which he termed egocentrism.
The concrete operational stage begins around age seven and continues until approximately age eleven. During this time, children gain a better understanding of mental operations. Children begin thinking logically about concrete events, but have difficulty understanding abstract or hypothetical concepts.
Pre-recorded booktalks available on website
Bibliographies and pre-printed book lists
Peer recommendation lists
If you like…then try..
Summer reading list theme
Links to web sites promoting books to youth
The Readers’ Advisory Program will be made up of two distinct types of communication. The direct communication (active) with students will include personal interaction. The indirect communication (static) will include bibliographies, displays, web pages.
When a student approaches the librarian for advice on a book the librarian should conduct an interview to determine the reader’s likes, dislikes and previous reading choices so their help is effective, efficient and best meets the needs of the reader.
Questions to consider:
Source: Kids Custom Book lIst. (2011). Retrieved July 30, 2011, from Wake County Public Library: http://www.supportlibrary.com/nl/users/wakecty/web/ris_kids.html
The kids custom book list is a survey tool that patrons can fill out online and receive a book list customized to their reading preferences. The online survey consists of 10 questions. Once the questions are answered students submit the survey and a list of book titles (4 -10) will be e-mailed or held at the library for pick up.
Book talks are brief “sneak previews” of a book. They should not be a book review or a summary but rather a persuasive speech on what the book is about and why it is appealing. (Peck, 2010)
The librarian is not always available to work with patrons directly so resources should be put in place guide and encourage students to make appropriate book choices. In addition, many students do not want to approach the librarian for various reasons so these tools are beneficial in reaching those students.
The Readers’ Advisory Program would be part of the librarians daily responsibilities therefore his/her salary will not be included in budget estimates.
Custom Book List Tool (development and maintenance) $ 1,000
Pre-recorded book talks
(flip camera, digital voice recorder, computer for uploading) $ 1,000
Book Display materials $ 500
Book Lists (designing and printing) $ 500
Peer recommendations (book displays and printed lists) $ 250
Bookmarks (customized and commercial) $ 500
Updating website $ 500
Total: $ 4,250
The readers’ advisory program is designed to encourage students to read. This encouragement is done by providing students with quality literature. It is also done by encouraging children to diversify their reading habits with books that offer different subjects, settings and genres.
The librarian should remember that while teachers teach reading, librarians promote it (Peck, 2010). We should be book ambassadors for all students. Which means we need to be aware of the books that will also engage reluctant readers. Our library booktalks, book lists and library collections need to be as diverse as possible in order to best meet the needs of all the learners we service.
Finally, the readers’ advisory service should be promoted to teachers, students and parents. Awareness is the key to any successful program therefore money should be set aside in the budget to promote the readers’ advisory service. When teachers, students and parents are made aware of the programs that the library has in place they will utilize them. Once they find the readers’ advisory program a valuable resource they will continue to support it, especially in these difficult budgetary times.