Match Readers to Books

Advising patrons on their next great read is one of the most important services libraries can provide. Readers' advisory (RA) is the art of matching up patrons with books they might like to read based on what they have enjoyed reading in the past. One of the best means to provide successful RA is to read widely yourself. However, that isn't always possible and there are a variety of print and online tools that staff can use to assist with RA services.

Parkland subscribes to the following online readers' advisory tools:

These two databases are accessible to staff and patrons from any internet computer on the Services> eLibrary web page or through the eLibrary tab in the PRL catalogue.

Whichbook provides a unique interface to finding new reads using sliding scales of story characteristics, such as safe vs disturbing, easy vs demanding, or even short vs long.

Online communities based around reading can be used as reading resources. Some of these are:

There are many useful web sites that have book lists and other readers' advisory tools. Check out: