Romance Readers' Advisory: The Librarian's Guide to Love in the Stacks

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-0779-5
Published: 
2000
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ALA Editions
Pages: 
120
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
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Softcover
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The romance novel genre is at its hottest, with a large and enthusiastic population of readers ever clamoring for the next great "read." The Librarian's Guide to Love in the Stacks—the latest installment in the popular Readers' Advisory series—offers a crash course in the world of romantic fiction.

Ann Bouricius, experienced librarian and romance reader-turned-author, enlightens readers about romance literature and its place in the library. With humor and enthusiasm, Bouricius covers every aspect of the genre, ranging from its subcategories to collection development and cataloging controversies. Helpful appendices provide hands-on tools for creating and implementing a new, romance-friendly library plan, and the Five Book Challenge suggests a no-sweat method for increasing familiarity with any genre. One-of-a-kind, this book illustrates:

  • How to create a romance reader-friendly library;
  • The keys to making insightful romance reading recommendations to curious readers; and
  • What's hot in romance fiction—the authors, growing sub-genres, Web sites, and more.

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1 A Tour of the Romance Genre: No More Heaving Bosoms
    • The popularity of romances
    • What Is a Romance? They’re Not about Sex
    • They’re Not All Alike: or Formula Is Not a Four-Letter Word
    • Romances Have Heroines and Heroes
    • Harlequin Is Not a Generic Term
    • Category Lines in Romance
    • Regency v Regency Historical Romance: What’s in a Name
    • Inspirational Romance
    • Romantic Suspense: Will He Kill Me or Kiss Me
    • The Paranormal: Witches and Ghosts and Vampies! Oh My
    • A Word about Anthologies
    • Never judge a book by its cover
    • A word about Those Titles
    2 Romance Writers: Not a Pink Boa in Sight
    • By Any Other Name: A word about Pseudonyms
    3 Readers of Romance: A Box of Bon-Bons, a Good Romance and Thou:
    • Romance Readers Are Loyal
    • Romance Readers and Proud
    • A True Story about a Librarian, a Stroke Survivor, and a Romance
    4 Romances v "Real" Books: The Controversy Lives On
    • A Four-Step Program
    • Why Collection Development by Donation is Not a Good Thing
    • To Catalog or Not to Catalog
    • But Where Shall We Put Them
    • Collection Maintenance
    5 Romance Readers’ Advisory: How to Be Romance Reader Friendly
    • How Much Sex Do You Like?
    • The Romance Reference Collection
    • More than Valentine’s Day
    6 What Romance Writers Think of Us
    • Looking for a Few Good Authors
    • Romancing the Romance Author
    7 Ann’s Five-Book Challenge
    Appendixes
    • The RITA Awards
    • Read Alikes
    • Online Resources and Snail Mail Addresses
    • Publisher Sites
    • Rom-Speak: a Glossary of Genre Romance Terms
    • Librarians as Characters in Romance
    • Book Lists
    • Romance Authors with Multiple Pseudonyms
    • A Selection of Articles Regarding the Romance Genre
    • A Selection of Books Regarding the Romance Genre
    Index

Ann Bouricius

After graduating from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 1984, Ann Bouricius joined the Columbus Metropolitan Library system as children's librarian. As Annie Kimberlin, she has authored three popular romance novels.

"Bouricius's tone is always direct and personal and will appeal to librarians as well as nonlibrarians such as freelance graphic artists or book club members."
—Public Libraries

"Being a practitioner in both professions, Bouricius is well qualified to give advice and guidance to public librarians dealing with romance collections and romance readers."
—Collection Building

"This work is a welcome addition to the public librarian's professional collection."
—American Reference Books Annual

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