reading matters, so let's make public library reader services awesome!
Reading can transform people’s lives.*
I started bookables a while ago to track my published reviews, then relaunched it as my reading place, moved it to wordpress and renamed it Reading360. It’s not about reading all year round. It’s about reading being an activity we share; we talk about it, we give and receive recommendations, we develop programs to support reading and we promote the collection through programs, etc.
This blog is about reading, readers, and the people, places and practices that enable reading in the community.
I’m Alison, and I work as a librarian. My roles have included information and reader services, online engagement, client services, and team leadership across public and academic libraries.
Successful reading programs I have developed and delivered include:
I also review books, and write. I’m exploring collaborative practice and community-connection-based reader services including bibliotherapy in the community and community publishing.
I have researched in the area of readers advisory practice, presented at various professional development days and conferences, and have had articles published on this subject. I provide advice on public library readers services practice.
1. LIANZA LibraryLife, June 2012 – Reviews: Your 15 seconds shot: www.lianza.org.nz/feature/reviews-your-15-seconds-shot
2. TropicALIA PD Day, November 2012 – A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action Please (or Show, Don’t Tell)
3. ALIA InCite, January 2013 – Reading can transform people’s lives (page 32)
4. Rural Libraries Queensland Training Course, April 2013 – Top 10 low cost/no cost high return readers advisory ideas (with Jo Beazley)
5. QPLA Conference, November 2013 – Embedding readers advisory services in professional practice as a key collaborative strategy in
Queensland public libraries. Available here: QPLA-Research-project-report-blog (with Jo Beazley)
6. QPLA Big Ideas, November 2013 – Reading Map + Programs (with Jo Beazley, Sally Pewhairangi, Tina Cavanough and Louise Pieper)
7. QPLA Smart Ideas Forum, November 2013 – Five low cost/no cost/high return strategies for embedding readers’ advisory service in
professional practice in Queensland public libraries (plus one that comes with a cost as well as a high return). (with Jo Beazley)
8. Reader Services Notes available here
9. Readers advisory learning program on State Library of Queensland’s ConnectED – 2014 (with Jo Beazley)
Artistically, I’m particularly captivated by conceptual art with words, public art, poems spoken or stamped into concrete, theatre, short stories, microfiction and any good story.
* The Reading Agency. (2012). Read: The Reading Agency http://readingagency.org.uk.
The ink drawing on this blog’s home page is by Edward Ardizzone from Eleanor Farjeon’s The Little Bookroom