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Updated by Emily Hauser on Jul 15, 2015
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Readers Advisory Resources

A list intended to help navigate web-based readers advisory resources, including links to websites that can be used immediately in the course of a readers advisory reference interview, and more in-depth discussions of the readers advisory process.

"Fiction_L is an electronic mailing list devoted to reader's advisory topics such as book discussions, booktalks, collection development issues, booklists and bibliographies, and a wide variety of other topics of interest to librarians, book discussion leaders, and others with an interest in reader's advisory."

"This section includes resources for readers advisory librarians, including links to genre reading choices."

A more in-depth, longer list of useful sites.

"Developing Readers Advisory skills and promoting reading for pleasure through public libraries in the Chicago metropolitan area."

Though based in the Chicago library universe, the helpful features on ARRT's website (including a series of genre guides, and workshop tools under the "Boot Camp" heading) are available to anyone, anywhere.

How not to do a Readers' Advisory interview.

Sometimes it's good to know what not to do...!

Superstar Librarian in "Reader's Advisory"

"Parent looking for age appropriate resources for their child - demonstrating a successful reference or readers' advisory transaction."

This video was made with children's librarians in mind, but is entirely applicable to adults looking for help with finding their next book, as well (and has the advantages of being both cute and short!)


"Discover and share books you love on Goodreads, the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations!"

A very useful resource, but do bear in mind that it's now owned by Amazon.

"Reading Pathways is a regular Book Riot feature in which we suggest a three-book reading sequence for becoming acquainted with certain authors. Check out previous entries on Toni Morrison, Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, and others."

"Readers' Advisor News is an electronic newsletter intended to:

  • inform Readers' Advisors and RA educators of events, trends, issues, and products pertinent to successfully teaching and practicing readers' advisory.
  • provide a forum for formalized dialogue on issues affecting professional readers' advisory.
  • place Readers' Advisory within a broad historical and industry context.
  • promote effective readers' advisory in libraries, in LIS education and beyond."

"KELLY JENSEN is a compulsive consumer of all things books and blogs. STACKED reviews books for readers and those who work with readers. We are critical and honest. We read across most genres and formats -- print, audio, and digital -- though we tend to favor YA."

Whichbook | A new way of choosing what book to read next

"Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs. Click to open up to 4 sliders and move the arrow to set your choices."

"Our What's Next: Books in Series database helps you search series fiction."