Readers' Advisory: Experiencing Genre Fiction

Monday, 6/19/2017 - Friday, 7/21/2017


Register online, or register by mail or fax by downloading the registration form (PDF format.)

NEW Description! Requirements have been simplified

The Alien Genre Project is a five-week experiential learning activity that has readers’ advisory as its primary focus. The idea is to ask participants to think of a genre or subject that they don’t normally read and then immerse themselves in it so that they come away from the experience with the ability to converse with patrons who are seeking books in that area.

The Project’s secondary objective is to get participants to play with technology, such as screensharing and ebooks, that is highly relevant to the work of readers’ advisory librarians. This course is suitable for public librarians working in adult or young adult services. For the convenience’ sake, the course was designed to be asynchronous; however, there is one real-time group activity. 


  • Technology competency - Experiment with screensharing technology. Try out an e-book.
  • Readers' advisory - Gain an understanding of a genre or subject that is not what you usually read.
  • Critical thinking - Use concept maps to discuss how readers' advisory interviews work. 

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for public librarians working in adult or young adult services.


Dana M. Lucisano received her MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. The inspiration for her courses comes directly from her career as a reference librarian. Her specializations within reference include readers’ advisory, collection development, genealogy and local history, as well as computer instruction. During 2016, she began studying how to use video to enhance the delivery of reference services. An active ALA member, she is a book reviewer for RUSQ and Reference and User Services Quarterly. She is currently employed as a reference librarian at the Silas Bronson Library, in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA. For more information, see her LinkedIn profile:



  • $130 for RUSA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Tech Requirements

RUSA encourages people with disabilities to participate fully in its continuing education programs. When registering for an online course, please tell us about any special needs you have so that we can discuss possible accommodations or you may email Jennifer Cross, RUSA Web Services Manager at

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All content for this course will be provided by the instructor. No textbook required. 


Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Jennifer Cross, RUSA Web Manager, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!