-- A non-judgmental list of what you “should read"
2. Suggest don’t Recommend
3. Everyone reads a different version of the same book.
4. Write down adjectives about what you read; plot you can find.
5. Read widely (at least speed read widely)
-- reading ABOUT books is just as important as reading the books
6. Share what you read- with staff and patrons.
-- booktalk every chance you get
7. Meet patrons on their own turf to start meaningful conversations
8. Never let a patron leave unsatisfied
9. Bridge the physical-virtual divide
10. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
-- Get Booked podcast as a practice tool [post/link pending]
-- reader profile exercise
The 5 Resources You Cannot Live Without
Amazon and/or GoodReads: Plot summaries, author pages, possible readalikes, but more importantly, customer comments! 5 star and 1 star reviews are the most helpful. Treat customer reviews as patrons. Also use as a platform to practice writing reviews and/or helping anonymous patrons.
NoveList: Many things you need all in one place. [Full disclosure-- I write for them.]*
KentDistrict Public Library’s What’s Next Database: Easy to retrieve and print lists of books in series order. Makes patrons happy. Brings them back!
All Readers.com: Although it is not a pretty site, no one else gives the frank sex and violence level information that their reviewers do.
Gnooks: When you are desperate…distract them.
*If your library does not subscribe to NoveList, I suggest Fantastic Fiction as a replacement [although, talk to me about getting a free NoveList trial because it really is the best.]