The Librarian’s Guide to Bibliotherapy

ALA Eds. Nov. 2023. 160p. pap. $49.99. ISBN 9780838936627.
A practical guide, with theory and application, on the topic of bibliotherapy. This book includes helpful resources, such as themed lists of books, that may be helpful in a bibliotherapy section or collection. Library staff are often asked to make book recommendations as part of reader’s advisory, and topics like self-help are often somewhat difficult to come up with during a reference interview. This guide can help the “accidental bibliotherapist” (librarian) assist their patrons in finding resources. Additionally, it acts as a hands-on guide to creating bibliography-themed programs in readers’ libraries, complete with checklists and social media and marketing tips.
VERDICT Highly recommended for professional or staff collections in academic, public, school, and all libraries.

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