Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Readers' Advisory 101

Instructor: Jessica Moyer

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Work in a public library, but have no idea how to help readers? Freeze up when patrons ask you for a good book? Then this class is exactly what you need. Taught by an expert in reader services and readers’ advisory this class will introduce library staff to the basic concepts of readers’ advisory and help them prepare to work with books and patrons. Also a great class for library school students who are interested in public library and are unable to take a full readers’ advisory course.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Understand readers’ advisory services and their role in the public library
  • Identify a selection of readers’ advisory tools and learn how to assess, evaluate, and select readers’ advisory tools for library use
  • Talk with readers and conduct a basic readers’ advisory interview
  • Be aware the current trends and issues in readers’ advisory services work and how to keep up
Jessica Moyer

Jessica E. Moyer is an instructor for Library Juice Academy and course developer for the Library Support Staff Certification program. She also works as an freelance editor for both scholary and fiction projects. Jessica also worked as the Director of Library Services for the Katie Mueller Library at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky, a visiting librarian in the Reference and Instructional Services department at the University of Illinois Library and an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Literacy Education and MS and CAS degrees from the University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Moyer has taught reference and readers' advisory courses for the LIS students and continuing education courses. Moyer writes for publication, serves on committees and boards, and regularly speaks and conducts workshops on audiobooks, ebooks and ebook readers, readers' advisory for all ages, and working with teen readers. More information is available at

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.