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Rewarding Reading Readers' adviser/reader development training

What can a public library do that is more important than promoting reading?
Whether for information or recreation, reading is the heart of library service.
Why not promote reading and library use by training library staff to help patrons find a good book to read?

Our Rewarding Reading suite of workshops provide training, train-the-trainer and refresher sessions for readers' advisers in public libraries. For further information see Rewarding Reading background and course outline and the one-page flyer.

Train-the-trainer workshops

REWARDING READING: do you have any more books like this? is an affordable, enjoyable, intensive, experiential train-the-trainer workshop for readersí advisers keen to raise their readersí expectations of what a great library can deliver.

This practical course will develop participants' readers' advisory skills, equip them to share their knowledge with colleagues and assist them in the delivery of reader development programs. It combines material on how to provide guidance to readers with exercises and tips for trainers.

Pre-course reading is provided and some pre-course preparation is expected of participants. Numbers in each workshop are usually limited to around 10 to 14 participants because of the style of teaching and the participative nature of the course. All participants receive a comprehensive Workbook including detailed Trainer's Notes. Workshop content - delivered in a participative, inclusive style - is outlined in the brochure.

Short workshops

One-day workshops, half-day refresher sessions on readers' advisory topics, and training sessions tailored to library requirements are also available. Please contact us for details.


Rewarding Reading was developed by Libraries Alive! Pty Ltd for the NSW Country Public Librariesí Association South East Zone and the State Library of NSW, with funding from the State Library of NSW. The course is delivered by Sherrey Quinn and Ian McCallum of Libraries Alive! under licence from the Library Council of NSW. The objectives and content of the course have been assessed by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in the context of its Continuing Professional Development (PD) scheme. ALIA members who are enrolled in the PD scheme and complete the Rewarding Reading course will accrue substantial PD points.

Course material is updated frequently.

Since June 2005, the Rewarding Reading workshop has been presented many times in Sydney and regional NSW, and also in Canberra, Melbourne and regional Victoria, in regional centres in Queensland, in Adelaide and regional centres in South Australia, in Perth and Kwinana, Western Australia, and in New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Tauranga and Upper Hutt).

If you are interested in us running a Rewarding Reading workshop or refresher session in your region, please contact us to discuss your requirements, course content and duration, and cost. Call Ian or Sherrey on 02 6257 9177 or mailto:email us

We also maintain a select list of Australian and New Zealand resources for readers' advisers.


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