Title: The Readers’ Advisory Handbook
Editors: Jessica E. Moyer and Kaite Mediatore Stover
Genre: Library & Information Science Reference
Publisher: ALA Editions
List Price: $55.00
The usual upfront disclaimers: I’m friends with both editors, went to graduate school with Jessica, in fact, contributed to two of Jessica’s other book projects and had been asked to contribute to this one (but had to decline), and I received my copy as a free review copy.
When they called this a Handbook, they were right in every sense of the term. This is truly a practical tool for anyone involved in readers’ advisory work. Moyer and Stover have laid the book out logically with each section flowing into the next. The first section on “Getting to Know Your Materials” is the one everyone can use and learn something from. Succeeding sections take you a level deeper into readers’ advisory services with each one. I’ve already taken ideas from a number of sections and have incorporated them into classes I teach to librarians in Iowa.
A must read for all public librarians and anyone involved in readers’ advisory.