Education Institute

Joyce Saricks and Faye MacDougall

Wednesday, October 14th 2:00 PM ET (11:00 AM PT)
How to Read a Review from a Readers' Advisory Perspective
with Joyce Saricks – 1 hour Audio Conference

The Education Institute is very pleased to welcome Joyce Saricks, a well-known authority in the field, to the Pan Canadian Readers' Advisory Series.

Since none of us has time to read all the books readers ask about in our libraries, this session will focus on using book reviews for fiction and non-fiction as a vital resource for readers' advisors and an easy way to expand what we know about the books our readers want to read. It will explore strategies for reading reviews--in library journals and popular media--from the perspective of a readers' advisor, looking for words that indicate the book's appeal, its potential audience, and possible read-alike authors.

Joyce Saricks developed and directed the readers' advisory department at the Downers Grove Public Library in Illinois from 1983-2004. She has written two books on readers' advisory--Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library (3rd edition, 2005) and Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction (2nd edition, 2009), both published by ALA Editions. Saricks currently serves as NoveList's Readalike coordinator, as well as columnist and audio reviewer for Booklist. In her spare time, she teaches Readers' Advisory at Dominican University Graduate School of Library Science.

Thursday, October 15th at 2:00 PM ET (11:00 AM PT)
Improving Safety in Your Library
with Faye MacDougall – 1 hour Audio Conference

Your library staff may be exposed to unsafe situations in your workplace. Learn more about intentionally planning for the safety of staff members working in small to mid-size public library branches. An overview of potential safety concerns for staff members and library users will be presented by someone who has been involved in this type of planning at the local building level and as part of regional planning. Practical tips and suggestions for addressing potential risks will be discussed.

Faye MacDougall, is Regional Librarian at the Cape Breton Regional Library and is a member of the Region's Occupational Health and Safety Committee. She has worked towards raising awareness of and reducing safety hazards for Library staff members, often by using inexpensive and practical solutions.



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