RA Training Day Slides – The Catalogue as an RA Tool

The RA training day went well this past Monday. It was great to see a room of about 19 library staff members eager to learn about readers’ advisory! In addition, we had a handful of staff from libraries throughout Nova Scotia, from Yarmouth to Cape Breton, attending our session.

I think the training went well, and all of the attendees appeared to find the session on the catalogue interesting. I was able to cover all of the content I was hoping to in 30 minutes (I tend to be energetic and talk a bit fast). However, it didn’t look like I lost anyone, and no one appeared bored or uninterested. Phew! My slides are a bit different from last year. I’m sorry there are no speaking notes to go along with these slides, but I don’t use notes, unless I’m uncomfortable and unfamiliar with the topic. However, as always, I’d love to hear your comments or questions!



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3 responses to “RA Training Day Slides – The Catalogue as an RA Tool

  1. Interesting slides. One of the things we’ve noticed with SOPAC is that it has become a wonderful tool for RA. Our Readers Advisers have been able to put together some very whimsical collections like “Gone too soon” (http://www.darienlibrary.org/catalog/search/tags/gone+too+soon) and “Books that don’t make you blush” for more conservative readers (http://www.darienlibrary.org/catalog/search/tags/books+that+don%27t+make+you+blush). It’s a critical tool for compiling these micro collections and its used by both patrons and staff alike.

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  3. Laurel Tarulli

    John – thank you. I’ve been following what SOPAC can do with interest – especially in the area of readers’ advisory services.

    You may also be interested in the slides from an RA in a day session I presented at in June. They are available here:

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