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.
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.
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