Saricks' name is familiar to many public librarians, thanks to her extensive experience conducting workshops on readers' advisory service, her columns in Booklist,
the previous two editions of this book, and her other book, Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction
(ALA, 2001). This new edition is a complete revision and can be useful both as a textbook for library-school students and a training manual for library staff. The definition of readers' advisory service has been expanded to include nonfiction as well as fiction. Online tools for identifying and evaluating titles to suggest to today's new adult leisure readers are described, in addition to the tried-and-true print sources. The value of personal reading suggestions from staff and patrons is addressed. Topics for discussion and techniques for marketing good reading material are offered.
The readers' advisory interview chapter, which likens it to a reference interview and stresses the important distinction between recommending and suggesting, should probably be required reading for all library staff. Chapter 7, "Training," provides a checklist for novice librarians and ongoing training activities for experienced readers' advisors. Appendixes include a popular fiction list, a popular nonfiction list, "Sure Bets," and "A NoveList Author Readalike." The bibliography lists print sources and Web sites. A priority for all libraries involved in readers' advisory. Sally Jane
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"When a reader asks you for a 'good book, ' are you at a loss for words or titles? Or can you recommend a genre that you personally dislike or don't read? Now you can do these things and more with this expanded and updated work." --n/a