Tools for readers' advisory.
"Services provided by an experienced public services librarian who specializes in the reading needs of the patrons of a public library. A readers' advisor recommends specific titles and/or authors, based on knowledge of the patron's past reading preferences, and may also compile lists of recommended titles and serve as liaison to other education agencies in the community." - From the ODLIS: Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science
Books in a series of reader's advisory guides from Libraries Unlimited.
[licensed for UofI] By Bowker's Books in Print. Search for specific books or explore by genre, character, setting, etc.
[licensed for UofI] A database of book reviews with subject heading access. Also includes author read-alikes, book discussion guides, lists of award winners, and a reader's advisory tool box.
A blog for public librarians.
A weekly blog that features best seller lists, newly released titles, and writings about readers' advisory services. Connected to a searchable database, Reader's Advisor Online.
A large collection of general and genre-specific links to websites from publishers, reviewers, and readers.
By Joyce G. Saricks. 3rd ed., 2005. E-book via NetLibrary.
A free reader's advisory tool, based on the popular Genreflecting guides. Search or browse for fiction and non-fiction books by genre, sub-genre, or "appeal." Includes some background material about reader's advisory work and is linked to the RA Run Down blog.
Tools for reference librarians.
An annotated guide to the best reference sources, both print and online, prepared by expert librarians and organized by subject. Use the Browse feature to find "Library and Information Science" under "General Reference Works."
14th annual list, selected by librarians and published in Reference & User Services Quarterly, v.52, no. 1, Fall 2012.
An online collection of encyclopedias, including sources from Oxford University Press and Columbia Encyclopedia.
University of California “INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information”
A free source for all sorts of factual look-ups.
Find both subscription and free online reference tools from the University Library.
Keep up with the doings of ALA's Reference and User Services Association
Answers to questions commonly asked at the Main Library's Reference and Information Desk.
A new approach to answering questions - more than a standard search engine.