The other day I came across this blog written by two Australian librarians, about their QPLA scholarship-funded research into Readers Advisory: “Embedding readers advisory in professional practice as a key collaborative strategy in Queensland public libraries”.
The blog has loads of links to all sorts of useful RA sites, and also a survey the researchers have opened up for Australian and NZ librarians, particularly public librarians. As I looked through the survey, it seemed to me that along with containing loads of excellent ideas for services and programmes your school library might offer, it also had some good ideas for collecting and sharing various data about the impact of what you do.
Do take a few minutes to help the researchers with their survey, and have a think about the possibilities it suggests. These are a few of the ideas that particularly struck me, I’m sure you’ll find more to get you thinking.
A few ideas for actions/tasks:
- Living room or genre layout for non-fiction
- Readers Advisory posts on social media
- Recommended Reads or genre booklet
- Shelf-talkers (book reviews on display)
- Staff picks displays (staff recommendations).
- Staff recommended packs (bundle of 2 or more books for fast issue)
- Anecdotal evidence of community connections with reading
- Collection issues of specific collections (e.g. Hot Reads, Fastbacks, new books)
- Collection performance (borrowing rate of each resource)
- Number of reading related interactions on Facebook or other social media
- Number of reservations placed
- Number of reviews added online to the library catalogue