Two Aspects of Nonfiction in Your Collection
Background Information: Knowing Nonfiction Readers
How do you think about that divide? How does it inform your policy?
Nonfiction Collecting: Two "Streams" to Consider*
1. Just in Time
2. Just in Case
From Cindy Orr: "A really good collection is necessary to be able to perform well as a readers' advisor."
- Start to look at nonfiction on the continuum of usable and readable, (or reference and genre, informational and narrative...)
- Fine-tune your nonfiction CD strategies like a fitness regime: the tiniest bits at a time, so you stick with it.
- Set up your own tools for title awareness and varying "streams": Feedly, review resources, patron input, your informal network.
Have fun out there!
*With great thanks for terminology to readers' advisor and collection developer extraordinaire Cindy Orr, author of Crash Course in Readers' Advisory.
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