New Library Directors Handbook

Reader’s Advisory

We often forget that many people come to a public library to read a book, be it the latest bestseller or a non-fiction book. One of the most common questions you may hear is "can you recommend a good book?" Our first instinct may be to recommend whatever we've tried, and that isn't necessarily wrong. However, there are some other tools that will help. A couple of electronic tools are "What Do I Read Next?" and "Novelist." Both tools give reviews and suggestions for other authors to try. You will need to ask the patron what types of books s/he likes to read or whom their favorite author is before using these tools. There are also some books that can help with this too. You may already have these books in your collection. If not, ask other library staff and/or watch for professional reviews that suggest titles.