Integrated Advisory Service

Breaking Through the Book Boundary to Better Serve Library Users

by Jessica E. Moyer, Editor


Library collections today have grown beyond books and periodicals with numerous multiple formats, ranging from audiobooks and graphic novels to film, television show recordings, and even games, but until now, little has been done to maximize the connections between these media.

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September 2010

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 405
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading

This groundbreaking guide shows library staff how to break through media and genre boundaries, make new connections within the library collection, and better serve patrons.

Integrated Advisory Service: Breaking Through the Book Boundary to Better Serve Library Users is designed to assist librarians in making connections between all the different media in library collections and advising patrons. By understanding genre similarities between fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, TV shows, video games, and movies, library staff will be better able to access and market the entire library collection, as well as reach out to and serve library patrons who they may not reach with traditional readers' advisory services.

Each of the book's chapters is organized around a genre (such as science fiction, women's stories, and others), with sections on integrated advisory, characters, plots, themes, and making connections across genres. Chapters are exploratory, introducing users and library staff to the key concepts of the genre and the importance of the different media. Each chapter also provides a variety of lists that will help both staff and patrons find materials based on genre interests.


  • Provides a single place to look for information on all the materials that make up modern-day library collections, from books to videos to graphic novels and manga
  • Includes the first-ever complete chapter on street lit/urban lit, one of the fastest growing and most popular genres
  • Features a teen chapter that will help adult readers understand teen titles and assist teen and young adult library patrons, one of the largest groups of library users, in finding what they want
  • Offers a complete chapter on popular science, a special section on romance for men, and historical nonfiction titles—all of which will be of special interest to male readers


  • The first guide to consider the entire library collection through the lens of genres
  • Gives librarians the big picture so they can apply genres to their entire collection, including magazines and games, graphic novels, manga, and other alternative media
  • Will help introduce readers and library staff to new and/or poorly understood genres, such as popular science or science fiction in nonbook media
  • Makes it easy to create multimedia lists and displays
  • Includes contributions from well-known authors Kaite Stover, Jessica Zellers, Rebecca Vnuk, Gary Neibhur, Nanette Donohue, Katie Dunneback, Mary Towner, Christy Donaldson, Rick Roche, Rollie Welch, Heather Booth, and Nicole Suarez
Author Info

Jessica E. Moyer is a doctoral candidate in literacy education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN. She received her MS and CAS degrees in library and information science from the University of Illinois. She is the author and editor of Research-Based Readers' Advisory and coeditor of The Readers’ Advisory Handbook.

Table of Contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Integrated Advisory Chapter 1: Everything Crime StoriesJessica E. Moyer and Gary W. NeibuhrIntroductionIntegrated Advisory: Crime Style Characters Plots Theme: Settings and Sense of Place Making ConnectionsConclusionResources for Librarians Chapter 2: Everything FantasyJessica ZellersIntroduction Plots SettingsCharacters Theme: It’s Perfectly Paranormal Making ConnectionsConclusion: The Future of Fantasy Resources for LibrariansChapter 3: Everything Historical (Fiction and Nonfiction)Nanette DonohueIntroduction Integrated Advisory: Historical StyleCharacters Plot Theme: Era and SettingsMaking ConnectionsConclusionResources for Librarians Chapter 4: Everything Horror Jennifer BrannenIntroduction Trends in Horror PlotsCharacters Theme: Everyday Horror Making ConnectionsConclusionResources for Librarians Chapter 5: Everything Popular ScienceRick RocheIntroduction Integrated Advisory: Science Style PlotsCharacters Theme: The World Around Us Making ConnectionsResources for Librarians Chapter 6: Everything RomanceKatie Dunneback and Mary Wilkes TownerIntroduction Integrated Advisory: Romance Style Plots Characters Theme: The Many Ways of Love Making ConnectionsConclusionResources for Librarians Chapter 7: Everything Science Fiction Jessica E. Moyer, Christy Donaldson, and Cassie WilsonIntroduction Plots Characters Theme: Technology Making ConnectionsConclusionResources for LibrariansChapter 8: Everything Street LiteratureRollie WelchIntroduction Popular Street Lit Authors: A Suggested Starting Point Teen Appeal of Street Lit Integrated Advisory: Street Lit StylePlots Characters Theme: Betrayal Making ConnectionsConclusionResources for Librarians Chapter 9: Everything Teen: Stories of the Teen Years Heather Booth and Nicole J. SuarezIntroduction Integrated Advisory: Teen Stories Style Characters Plots Themes: Rites of PassageMaking ConnectionsThe Future: Trends, Themes, and Authors to WatchConclusionResources for Librarians Chapter 10: Everything Women’s Stories Kaite Mediatore Stover, with Rebecca Vnuk and Jessica ZellersIntroduction Integrated Advisory: Women’s Stories Style Plots Characters Theme: Women’s Lives and Relationships Making ConnectionsThe Future of Women’s StoriesResources for Librarians Index



"The book is organized around genres, and the chapters were written by some of the most recognizable names in RA. . . . An innovative guide to encourage librarians to think beyond the book when providing RA service."—American Libraries

"Lively annotations cover plot and appeal, indicating availability in multiple formats, and are searchable by author-title indexing. With a broad scope, the guide is necessarily selective, and, as in most library collections, books still predominate. An eclectic resource for public libraries with broad collections."—Booklist

"Recommended for those who find the need to do any kind of reader's advisory (now known as integrated advisory work) and need not only a concise overview of a genre but also thoughts about what to suggest next in various areas. Especially helpful with YA work."—Teacher Librarian

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