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2012 Library Skills Winter Institute (Update)

On February 27th- March 1st, 2012, the 2012 Winter Institute was hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center for library professions and was sponsored by the Missouri State Library and the Office of the Secretary of State, Robin Carnahan.  This winter had three courses offered: Basics, Cataloging, and Readers’ Advisory.  I attended the course on Readers’ Advisory, led by Kaite Stover, of the Kansas City Public Library (

Readers’ Advisory is the practice of assisting readers with finding new books by making suggestions. Kaite was gracious enough to allow me to share with my readers some of the content she discussed in the course and I am pleased to do so in an upcoming article.  As a preview, some of the topics for discussion will include:

  • The Language of Readers and How To Communicate What You Like About A Book (its “appeal”)
  • How To Read A Book In 15 Minutes
  • How To Conduct A Readers’ Advisory Interview

Please check back here next week for more on this exciting aspect of books and librarianship.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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