I'm starting to think about my PLA presentation. (Yes, I know it isn't until March. I'm just starting to think about it.) Mary Kelly and I will present a session on non-fiction readers advisory.
I think sometimes librarians don't think of non-fiction in terms of readers advisory. At least, not like they do with fiction. When a patron asks for a good book suggestion, does your mind go straight to fiction (or a fiction genre)?
Some of the topics I will include in my presentation are:
1. Pairing fiction and non-fiction books. Did you love the Shopaholic series? How about pairing it with Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine.
2. Techniques for talking to patrons about non-fiction. Booktalking non-fiction is sometimes easier than fiction because you can emphasize that "it's all true!"
3. Some new titles that are sure to be a hit with our public library patrons (and not necessarily popular titles we've all heard of. I'm taking us off the beaten path!)
4. It is sometimes easier to get reluctant readers, new readers, and even non-readers to pick up non-fiction.
That's my teaser! To hear more, you'll have to come to PLA in Portland, Oregon. I'd love to hear what you think about Non-Fiction Readers Advisory, though. Do you have tips and techniques to share?