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SWON Visits – Brown Mackie College

Monday, June 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melanie Blau McDonald
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Melanie Moon, the Librarian at Brown Mackie College, Cincinnati, provides relevant reader’s advisory. Through the explosion of publishing, and the availability of thousands of opinions on any/every topic, Melanie understands that knowing her students makes her reader’s advisory efforts special. This year we had a visit during Black History Month. On a front table in the library, where they couldn’t be missed, was an eclectic collection of books, audio books, academic journals and magazines.

Reader’s Advisory (RA) can take a lot of different forms, not the least of which is creating an eye-catching display of thematically-related items from the collection.* Like many current misconceptions, RA is not dead despite the proliferations of ‘published opinions.’ In fact, it is more important than ever, as are libraries and librarians.

~ Melanie

*For a good description of “The State of Reader’s Advisory” check out the article of the same name in Library Journal written by Henrietta Thorton-Verma and Meredith Schwartz.

Photo credit: From the collection of the New York Public Library: Digital Schomburg Images of 19th Century African Americans

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