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Integrated Advisory Service
Breaking Through the Book Boundary to Better Serve Library Users
Jessica E. Moyer, Editor
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Jessica E. Moyer, Editor
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.
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Integrated Advisory Service

Breaking Through the Book Boundary to Better Serve Library Users

Jessica E. Moyer, Editor Jessica E. Moyer, Editor


September 2010

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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.

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.

Features
• 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

Highlights
• 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
Sample Topics
Crime
Fantasy
Fantasy for Historical Readers
Fantasy for Mystery Readers
Fantasy for Science Fiction Readers
Graphic Memoirs for or about Teens
Popular Science
Popular Science for History Readers
Popular Science for Mystery Readers
Romance
Romance for Men
Romance for Mystery Readers
Science Fiction
Science Fiction Action and Adventure Readers
Science Fiction Romance Readers
Street Lit
Teen Vampire Stories
Teens
Urban Lit for Teens
Women’s Stories
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.
Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Integrated Advisory

Chapter 1: Everything Crime Stories
Jessica E. Moyer and Gary W. Neibuhr
Introduction
Integrated Advisory: Crime Style
Characters
Plots
Theme: Settings and Sense of Place
Making Connections
Conclusion
Resources for Librarians

Chapter 2: Everything Fantasy
Jessica Zellers
Introduction
Plots
Settings
Characters
Theme: It’s Perfectly Paranormal
Making Connections
Conclusion: The Future of Fantasy
Resources for Librarians

Chapter 3: Everything Historical (Fiction and Nonfiction)
Nanette Donohue
Introduction
Integrated Advisory: Historical Style
Characters
Plot
Theme: Era and Settings
Making Connections
Conclusion
Resources for Librarians

Chapter 4: Everything Horror
Jennifer Brannen
Introduction
Trends in Horror
Plots
Characters
Theme: Everyday Horror
Making Connections
Conclusion
Resources for Librarians

Chapter 5: Everything Popular Science
Rick Roche
Introduction
Integrated Advisory: Science Style
Plots
Characters
Theme: The World Around Us
Making Connections
Resources for Librarians

Chapter 6: Everything Romance
Katie Dunneback and Mary Wilkes Towner
Introduction
Integrated Advisory: Romance Style
Plots
Characters
Theme: The Many Ways of Love
Making Connections
Conclusion
Resources for Librarians

Chapter 7: Everything Science Fiction
Jessica E. Moyer, Christy Donaldson, and Cassie Wilson
Introduction
Plots
Characters
Theme: Technology
Making Connections
Conclusion
Resources for Librarians

Chapter 8: Everything Street Literature
Rollie Welch
Introduction
Popular Street Lit Authors: A Suggested Starting Point
Teen Appeal of Street Lit
Integrated Advisory: Street Lit Style
Plots
Characters
Theme: Betrayal
Making Connections
Conclusion
Resources for Librarians

Chapter 9: Everything Teen: Stories of the Teen Years
Heather Booth and Nicole J. Suarez
Introduction
Integrated Advisory: Teen Stories Style
Characters
Plots
Themes: Rites of Passage
Making Connections
The Future: Trends, Themes, and Authors to Watch
Conclusion
Resources for Librarians

Chapter 10: Everything Women’s Stories
Kaite Mediatore Stover, with Rebecca Vnuk and Jessica Zellers
Introduction
Integrated Advisory: Women’s Stories Style
Plots
Characters
Theme: Women’s Lives and Relationships
Making Connections
The Future of Women’s Stories
Resources for Librarians

Index
Reviews
"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