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Reach Readers

Build the confidence and capacity needed to represent your library more effectively to readers, inside and outside of the library walls. See more details about the courses and how to purchase a self-paced course here

Readers' Advisory Foundations
An expert from NoveList will get staff on an even footing in their understanding of readers' advisory, share strategies for working with readers, and teach the foundational principles for providing excellent readers' advisory service. This course is just what your library needs for staff new to readers' advisory or getting staff at all levels ready to excel at connecting readers with books. Learn more about live course options with your institution

Genre Foundations
Help your staff develop a basic understanding of a broad range of the most popular and challenging fiction genres. An expert from NoveList will introduce participants to a wide array of genres and present an overview of current genre trends for adults and teens, tips on keeping up with trends, and must-know titles, with an emphasis on diverse titles and authors. Learn more about live course options with your institution

Using Story Elements with Readers
Whether your readers love a steamy marriage of convenience romance or can't get enough of thought-provoking first contact stories, the NoveList story elements — appeal, genre, and theme terms — provide a great way to talk to your readers. Participants will learn how to supercharge their readers' advisory skills by gaining a thorough understanding of the story elements in our Secret Language of Books and how they can be used to help readers. Learn more about live course options with your institution

Deep Dive Into Building Relationships with Readers
Conversations are the heart of connecting readers to the books they want and need. These conversations can be one of the most rewarding parts of your work... or one of the most challenging! NoveList co-founder Duncan Smith shares his time-tested readers’ advisory methods, the goals to strive for in every conversation with a reader, and how to create a lasting connection between your organization and your community based on the value you provide to readers. To learn more about this self-paced course, click here.

Actively Anti-Racist service to Readers
Providing robust readers’ advisory service that values equity, diversity, and inclusion principles is essential to anyone working with readers. But moving from being a neutral, well-meaning organization to an actively anti-racist organization requires a deeper understanding of systemic racism. Learn the action steps needed to provide actively anti-racist readers services, as well as tangible skills to build enthusiasm for reading and discovering diverse books and to incorporate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion principles in all interactions with readers. To learn more about this hybrid course, click here

Strategic Readers’ Services: A Complete Plan
This course is for anyone who is a practitioner of readers’ advisory, or RA. Use this self-guided toolkit to develop your own RA strategic plan, which you can share with your administration. When you complete this course, you'll be empowered to advocate for RA services and guide your own RA work in these uncertain times. To learn more about this self-paced course, click here.  

The Art and Practice of Providing Outstanding Reading Recommendations
Connecting readers with books they love is a core library service. But talking with readers about their tastes, and then trying to match those readers to books is a lot harder than it sounds. Learn how to navigate common scenarios librarians face when working with readers,  how to find and use the best tools and resources available to you, including the NoveList database, and how to evaluate whether your readers’ advisory services are making an impact. To learn more about this self-paced course, click here.

“The workshops were wonderful and we had great feedback from staff. The training has helped us re-think our readers’ advisory services and generated an increased interest in and promotion of readers’ advisory at all levels.”

— Linda Stevens, Harris County Library


Interested in learning more?

Contact us to discuss your library’s needs. We’ll put together a plan that is right for you. Fees are dependent on the number of hours of training provided and topics requested. Additional services can also be customized to your needs, so please ask about other ways we can help you. 

Email learnwithnovelist@ebsco.com to get started. 

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