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LIS 6523
Adult Services in Libraries


LIS 6523 Course Topic Links | Organizations | Electronic Mailing Lists | Adult Education Resources For Librarians

LIS 6523 Course Topic Links 

Reading Theories 

Book Talking / Book Discussion Groups

Electronic Books

Types of Literature

Genre Fiction

Genre Non-Fiction

  • CounterPunch - List of favorite 100 non-fiction books in translation, published in English since 1900. 

Readers' Advisory and Literature Resources

  • The Role of Humanities Programming as it Affects Readers' Advisory Services: Book Fairs and Other Literary Events - index from the National Center for the Book.
  • Adult Reading Round Table of Illinois - great collection of resources. 
  • Wired for Books - read alouds and audio author interviews. (Requires Real Player - (free download.)
  • Books into Films ListRead-Alike Lists
    • Thunder Bay Public Library - choose "Adult Services" and then "Reader's Advisory".  then "click here for access" and then "If you like __, try ___"
  • Dalkey Archive Press-Dalkey Archive Press has are over 225 titles in print. There are links to full descriptions of each title. 
  • Review of Contemporary Fiction-is devoted to discussions of contemporary fiction and authors, including selections from works-in-progress and interviews, as well as a lengthy book-review section. 
  • CONTEXT-is a quarterly publication aimed at creating both an historical and culture context in which to read modern literature. The goal of the publication is to encourage the development of a literary community. 
  • Pseudonym Lists 
    • a.k.a. - Author Pseudonyms 
    • Nom de Guerre - Entertainment Personalities, Athletes, Writers and Historical Figures, with a Few Other Individuals Thrown In For Idol Curiosity 
  • Reader's Robot - browse books by genre or search by "appeal" factors 
  • Who Reads What - Celebrity Reading List 
  • Chapter-a-Day - send your patrons new book tasters via email 
  • whichbook.net - amazingly detailed but easy-to-use fiction search. 
  • Internet Book Information Center - barebones site, with links to news, reviews, etc. 
  • Great Writers - links to prize lists and author pages 
Multicultural Services as Adult Services
  • African American Literature Book Club major site with book profiles, book reviews, awards, authors profiles, discussion groups... 
  • Asian American Fiction - an annotated bibliography. Appears to be a student project with an emphasis on using Asian American literature in the classroom. 
  • Storytellers - Native American Authors Online. A "hub" site with links to lots of related material. 
  • Voices from the Gap - Women Writers of Color. A cooperative project from the University of Minnesota. Aimed at educators, with lots of good author information. 
  • The Open Road - new Multi-cultural Libraries Network site from the State Library of Victoria. Australian slant but promises lots of useful resources. 
Types of Adult Services ____________________________________________________________________________


   American Library Association
   Public Library Association
   Black Caucus of ALA
   REFORMA - National Association for Promotion of Library Services to the Spanish Speaking
   RUSA CODES - Reference and User Services Association Collection Development and Evaluation Section
   American Indian Library Association
   Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association's (APALA) 
   Chinese American Librarians Association

   The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing
   Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America
   American Antiquarian Society's History of the Book in American Culture
   University of Iowa's Center for the Book
   University of Edinburgh's Centre for the History of the Book
   The Bibliographical Society of America
   The American Printing History Association
   The History of Literacy
   Beyond the Book


Electronic Mailing Lists

Ordinary subscriptions arrive intermitently as single messages. Digest subscriptions arrive as one long email every one to three days, depending on the list. Archives can be consulted for previously discussed topics. Subscription requests are processed electronically, so directions must be followed. Remember to save the "welcome" message you receive: it will contain necessary information, including how to unsubscribe. 

  • Fiction_L -- devoted to Reader's Advisory concerns including genre study, bibliographies, workshops, reading clubs, electronic resources and recommended vendors. 

  • To subscribe, send an email message to:   requests@maillist.webrary.org
    In either the subject line or the body of the message, type:   subscribe fiction_l or subscribe digest fiction_l

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