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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joyce Saricks  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Ms. Saricks is a readers advisor at the Downers Grove public library.

Biographical and Professional Information

Saricks is a well-known writer and speaker on readers' advisory. Her book, ''Read On...Audiobooks: Reading Lists for Every Taste'' offers original annotations for more than 300 audiobook titles, grouped according to some 60 themes, fiction and nonfiction. Lists are organized by character, story, setting, language, and mood/tone. Each entry provides a plot description and discusses the appeal of the narrator. In addition to helping patrons, the book will assist librarians with collection development and listener's advisory, creating displays that include audiobooks, promoting the collection, and especially, with understanding the special dynamic that exists among listeners, narrators, and audiobooks.

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Titles At Your Library

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction (ALA Readers' Advisory)
ISBN: 0838909892

Amer Library Assn Editions. 2009

This revised edition provides a way of understanding the vast universe of genre fiction in an easy-to-use format. Expert readers' advisor Joyce Saricks offers groundbreaking reconsideration of the connections among genres, providing: key authors and themes within 15 genres an explanation as to how the different genres overlap and, the elements of fiction most likely to entice readers. Provocative and spirited, "The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 2nd Edition" offers hands-on strategies for librarians who want to become experts at figuring out what their readers are seeking and how to match books with those interests.

Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library
ISBN: 0838908977

Amer Library Assn Editions. 2005

Do you have anything else like this?" In public libraries, reference librarians are often called on to make recommendations to readers, sometimes in genres that they don't personally read. Learning how to frame a discussion and articulate the appeal of a book, author, or genre marks the essence of a successful readers' advisor. Readers' advisory is defined as, "patron-oriented library service for adult fiction readers," according to Saricks, a noted expert on the subject. In the completely revised third edition of Readers' Advisory Service for Public Libraries, Saricks updates this critically acclaimed how-to guide, making it more helpful than ever. As reference librarians seek support in guiding adult readers, they've come to trust this authoritative resource. It has been expanded and improved with: Easy ways to create "read alike" lists, identifying what else is "like" a favorite book Practical guidelines for conducting the advisory interview so it's a comfortable exchange Confidence-boosting tactics for drawing on reviews to make recommendations Methods for incorporating nonfiction into the discussion More resources and online tools Using the proven strategies in this newly updated, back-to-basics overview, librarians providing readers' advisory services will find the answers they need to help customers make appropriate choices.

Read On...Audiobooks: Reading Lists for Every Taste (Read On Series)
ISBN: 1591588049

Libraries Unlimited. 2011

With more than 300 original annotations in some 60 thematic lists, this one-of-a kind compilation opens the world of audiobooks to listeners and librarians alike.

• More than 300 original annotations that speak to why listeners might enjoy the selected audiobooks

• Over 60 thematic lists that will entice audiobook fans, as well as those unfamiliar with the format

• Indexes by author, title, narrator, and genre

Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1978-1998 (Genreflecting Advisory Series)
ISBN: 156308659X

Libraries Unlimited. 1999

Recommending books to readers of contemporary mainstream, or literary, fiction is perhaps the most challenging of all endeavors for readers' advisors. Pearl and her co-authors attempt to ease the process with this helpful guide to the most elusive genre. Covering 1,000 novels, many of them award winners, the book organizes titles according to their major appeal characteristics (e.g., language, setting, story, and character) as delineated by Saricks and Brown in their standard text, Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library, 2d ed., (ALA, 1997). For each book there is a plot summary, indications on the book's suitability for book discussion groups, and recommendations of similar titles. Awards are cited as well, and all titles mentioned are indexed by title, author, and subject. Describing some of the best literature published in the United States and abroad in recent years, this book is an essential guide for readers' advisors, and a helpful collection development tool.

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