What is a genre study, and why are we doing one?

Forbes Library received an LSTA grant through the MBLC:  FY2012– READER’S ADVISORY in the LibRAry: Putting the “RA” Back in Library

According to the MBLC: “This project will provide funds for training staff in the use of electronic and print reader’s advisory tools. It will enable libraries to purchase popular reading collections in multiple formats.  To enhance staff members’ ability to match the appropriate book with the reader, libraries receiving funding will be requested to study a selected genre during the course of the project year. This staff development activity can focus on a genre of the staff’s choice. Libraries in the metro Chicago suburbs have been conducting these studies for many years with excellent results.  The Adult Reading Round Table (ARRT) group includes both professional and paraprofessional librarians who have honed their reader’s advisory skills by meeting every other month to discuss selected genre literature.  Through the ‘praxis’ of engaging library staff in a genre study, their skill level has greatly increased.”

The genre we will be focusing on is mysteries. This was chosen in part due to their popularity amongst our patrons. (The other top two contenders were literary fiction and romance).

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