FEL Resources and Reader Advisory

This course will provide attendees with an overview of FEL’s new resource – Books & Authors, which provides reader’s advisory for children’s, young adult, and adult fiction and non-fiction. Books & Authors is specially designed to complement the browsing habits of today’s Web user, integrating easy-to-follow menus that allow users to broaden and narrow their searches according to author, title, series, awards and other criteria. At the same time, its meticulously edited database — developed by a team of genre experts – delivers up-to-date, reliable information. The instructor will demonstrate how to efficiently and effectively get the most out of Books & Authors.

Julie Pepera, Customer Education Specialist, received her Bachelor in History from Albion College and her Masters in Information Science from the University of Michigan’s School of Information. She staffed the reference desks of several university libraries around the state of Michigan. Julie has also worked in the online community with organizations such as JSTOR and Google.

Julie has a passion for building the information literacy skills of patrons and students. In learning to use databases and eResources, people develop important skill sets that help them discern the value of information and make informed decisions. In a world where there is an overload of information, these skills are the key to being informed and judicious.

Julie hopes that all educators develop a proactive philosophy with their eResources rather than reacting to projects as they come and seeing the databases as a pile of information. Her lessons focus on helping participants understand the pieces of eResources so that librarians and teachers can direct people to the materials that are right for them. Below are just a few things that our customers are saying about Julie and her workshops:

•“Julie is a fantastic trainer, and her background in academic libraries helps her offer very practical suggestions on how and why to use the Gale databases.”
•“Julie was great! I am going to talk to my administration about what I learned and ways to implement it tomorrow.”
•“Julie was fabulous! She certainly has real-life examples of how to use this resource and why, since she was a librarian. I will definitely make sure that every teacher and the upper-grade students (elementary) in my building will know how to use this.”
For additional training tips check out Julie’s Twitter account at: Julietraingale.

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