At work I’m starting to work on a few ideas I have about promoting reading (for fun, or at least leisure) in the academic setting. My boss suggested I start by compiling a reading list aimed at students which we could maybe either put somewhere on the website, or linked from our blog or even maybe in Delicious.
I’m sure many of us experienced a drastic decrease in pleasure reading during our university years, but for those times that were a bit slower, how did you choose what to read? Did you ever feel like you didn’t even know where to begin? Were there times when you wanted something to read casually, but didn’t have time to go to the public library?
I know our students and faculty are busy. We all are. Yet, I also know every semester there are students asking at the reference desk for leisure reading materials. While we do not have a separate popular reading collection, we do have items that would be entertaining, whether fiction from the Ps (LC call number) or general works of nonfiction.
Reader’s advisory has certainly been discussed throughly in the context of public libraries, but barely touched on by academic librarians. So, what methods do you use to help students find reading materials? Do you think a sort of subject guide reading list would be valuable? Are there academic libraries out there using this tool? I know Université de Laval does provide monthly reading lists on their website (http://www.bibl.ulaval.ca/mieux/ref-nouveau/decouvrir/suggestions_lecture) but I haven’t really come across any others yet.