LIBR 545 (3) Adult Popular Reading and Media Interests


MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of MLIS Core or permission of iSchool Graduate Advisor

MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the iSchool Graduate Advisor

GOAL: The goal of this course is to acquaint students with the current reading and media interests of adults to prepare students for collection management and advisory work in these areas.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the reading and media interests of adults according to studies and surveys
  • Discuss and evaluate collection-use studies in libraries
  • Identify the types of popular fiction and nonfiction materials in various genres and formats
  • Explain the purposes of readers’ advisory service and knowledge of the techniques involved


  • Consumer studies of the reading and media interests of adults
  • Studies on the use of library collections
  • Format issues: how format influences uses; rise of multi format materials; crossover formats, e.g., books on tape/CD
  • Formats and categories of fiction, including genre fiction
  • Formats and subjects of nonfiction, e.g., travel, self-help, biography, true-crime, computer multimedia
  • Techniques in providing readers’ advisory service
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