Throughout 2013, Rachel Van Riel, Director of Opening the Book and a renowned international speaker,
will be writing a regular column for Brodart on Making Space for Reading,
ranging across physical space, social space and digital space.
The first instalment explores psychological space
and understanding why we read.
Follow @RachelVanRiel for updates
Rachel is author of The Reader-friendly Library Service and Opening the Book - finding a good read. She designs
training programs for library staff which have reached 20,000 people in three continents. Read more...
January is the time of year we make resolutions – go on a diet, take more exercise, go out more, and yes, I’ve seen plenty
people on Twitter and elsewhere vowing to read more. Read more...
If you’ve got a bit tired of doing the same old book promotions every year, here’s a completely different approach to refresh
your thinking and your library. This month we launch promotions based on the reader experience.
Physical impressions are important – the look and feel of your library and even how it smells. There’s plenty you can do to improve
it; try our top tips for creating a reader-friendly environment.
Libraries are changing fast and so are the skills needed by library staff. The role has moved from passive provision of
books on shelves to active engagement with readers through conversations, projects and displays.
We know from 40,000 interviews carried out by library staff taking our online training that most people in libraries choose from
displays. Ok, we haven’t read all 40,000 - but a representative sampling was pretty conclusive.
Reading is private and individual but sometimes you just want to share the experience with others. Did anyone else get stuck on Chapter 4, did
you laugh out loud at what happened on page 96, wasn’t it just the most astonishing book you’ve read in years?
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