Thursday, April 22, 2010

Five Readers' Advisory Interviews

I decided to document my RA interviews with tables. This was the easiest way for me to organize my thoughts and the results of my interviews. I asked pretty much the same questions for each person -- What was the last book you read? Did you like it? What is your favorite book? What did you like about it? What is your favorite genre? I then asked more detailed questions if need be.

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Overall, this was good practice for me. I found it more challenging than I had thought it would be in some regards and easier in some ways too. It's a daunting task to help someone find a book they may like out of all the possible books out there! All the people I interviewed I know, which I think helped in some ways because I knew more about them than just what they revealed in the interviews. I think this may be harder in a real-world setting where strangers come up asking for book recommendations. But the challenge of it is kind of fun. It's such a joy to help someone find a good book for them. And if it takes a while and if it's challenging, then I think the end result of finding that right book is even more rewarding.


  1. Wow! You are now the coolest person I know. I am hugely impressed by the charts that blow up. Great job here and in class. You clearly demonstrated that you can superbly wield the RA tools and ask the right questions. Nice work!

  2. i was the challenge- muahahaha! :D this seems pretty fantastic, val, and i do wish you would've been able to interview me face-to-face too! and the choices you gave me must be pretty good, because whenever i look for them in the library they aren't there- i am looking forward to reading them, though!