For immediate release | May 15, 2012

Learn to deliver effective young adult readers' advisory: new session of popular eCourse

CHICAGO —ALA Editions announces a new session of the popular eCourse Young Adult Readers' Advisory Services. Jennifer Thiele will faciliate this course, which will begin on July 16, 2012.

Whether drawn in by homework assignments or gaming night, teens are frequent visitors to the library. How do you get to “awesome” and avoid the eye-rolls? Fundamental readers’ advisory skills along with a bit of empathy can take you a long way.

Jennifer Thiele will facilitate activities and discussion in ALA Editions’ Moodle Learning Environment. Young adult specialists and all reference staff will find tips for improving service.

Included in the price of the eCourse is the ALA eEditions e-book "The Readers’ Advisory Handbook," edited by Jessica E. Moyer & Kaite Mediatore Stover. This eCourse is sold as a .zip file containing registration instructions and the e-book, containing the complete text of the print edition in several different file types readable using a variety of software and devices.

Learning outcomes:

  • How to know your collection without reading every book
  • Understand the basics of readers’ advisory, including appeal factors
  • Be able to help teen readers with readers’ advisory questions
  • Understand current research on teen readers and print, audiobook and online formats
  • Understand the unique nature of teen readers’ advisory

Jennifer Thiele is a PhD student at the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Her research interests include information policy, intellectual freedom, access of information technology, jail/prison literacy and recidivism and public libraries and outreach.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on July 16, 2012, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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Dan Freeman


ALA Online Resources (AOR)

(800) 545-2433 ext.5413