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Readers’ Advisory AMA (Ask Me Anything): Expand Your Reading Horizons

Readers’ Advisory AMA (Ask Me Anything): Expand Your Reading Horizons

 

Did you want to work in a library because you love books? Whether readers’ advisory is part of your job or not, our users know that books are our brand. Join us for a fun discussion of readers’ advisory, and learn how you can help your users discover great new reads, plus boost your library usage.

Participants will learn tips and tricks from Cari and will share among themselves. Topics for discussion include:

• How to find new reads, including early copies
• How to talk about genres you don’t read
• Collection development, including e-media
• Programming to support an RA culture in your library
• The readers’ advisory interview
• Ideas for training and staying current

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Original broadcast October 31, 2019

Biography ~ Carrie Dubiel
Carrie is the Adult Learning and Information Services Manager at Twinsburg Public Library. She is also a writer, teacher, and podcaster.

Ebook Reader Survey: Current Platforms and Resources

Ebook Reader Survey: Current Platforms and Resources

 

Stay up to date with e-reading options. This webinar will help you learn about reading apps from library subscription sources (Libby, Overdrive, Hoopla, RBDigital and others) to free and subscription reading apps and websites for children and adults.

During this session, we will focus on which options work best for each kind of library user as well as tricks, tips and special features to get the most out of each service.

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Original broadcast October 16, 2019

Biography ~ Kira Smith
Kira Smith is a reference librarian at the Clearwater East Community Library. She was a virtual reference provider for Florida’s Ask A Librarian Service for 9 years. She has Master’s Degrees in Library Science and Education. Kira is a former elementary school teacher and childbirth educator. She has lived in New York, Louisiana, Texas and Florida. She enjoys teaching, technology and travel.

#OwnVoices for All Readers: Incorporating EDI Values into Readers’ Advisory Service

#OwnVoices for All Readers: Incorporating EDI Values into Readers’ Advisory Service

Providing robust readers’ advisory service that values equity, diversity and inclusion principles is essential to all library service. Join Readers’ Advisory specialist Becky Spratford as she provides the information you need to diversify your suggestions, identify resources, and include more staff input in order to confidently promote and place more #OwnVoices titles into adult patrons’ hands. You’ll come away with an understanding for how easy it to incorporate EDI values into your normal RA practices. All you need is a little nudge in the right direction.

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Original broadcast October 10, 2019 


Biography ~ Becky Spratford

Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All, and it’s evil twin, RA for All Horror, and is on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table. You can connect with Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

RA for All: Ten Rules of Basic RA Service

RA for All: Ten Rules of Basic RA Service

 

 

Readers Advisory belongs in every library, no matter its budget. The implementation of this vital service is the responsibility of every staff member– from pages to directors, from those behind the scenes to the ones on the front lines. This program will remove the mystery behind providing great RA service.

Using her “Ten Rules of Basic RA Service” as a guide, Becky Spratford will use your own love of your favorite books to show you how to help any patron find their next great read. It’s not as hard as you think. But more importantly, you will learn why a staff that can harness the power of sharing a great read will become a stronger team and improve service to all patrons.

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Original broadcast February 28, 2019

Biography ~ Becky Spratford
Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All, and it’s evil twin, RA for All Horror, and is on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table. You can connect with Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

2018 Adult Fiction Year in Review

2018 Adult Fiction Year in Review

 

2018 is in the books, but have you taken time to step back and assess what happened in those books? Puns aside, 2019 is only days old but everyone is already rushing to make predictions for the coming year. Reading resolutions are being set, and hot upcoming titles are already being promoted. But, here’s the thing, while it is fun to start looking ahead, the dawn of a new year actually is the best time to look back.

In this interactive and informative webinar, Becky will walk you through the year that was in adult fiction highlighting the important news stories and award winners. She’ll also point out what larger trends have emerged from 2018, and what direction those trends will take us in our work with our patrons into 2019.

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Original broadcast January 17, 2019

Biography~ Becky Spratford
Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blogRA for All, and it’s evil twin, RA for All Horror, and is on the Steering Committee of theAdult Reading Round Table. You can connect with Becky on Twitter@RAforAll.

Original broadcast January 17, 2019

Beyond Booktalking: Whole Library Promotion

Beyond Booktalking: Whole Library Promotion

Every library employee has heard someone say they didn’t know the library offered something, whether it’s technology, programs, notary services, or any of the dozens of things we provide on a daily basis. Libraries can better spread the word when they realize that promotion and advocacy aren’t secluded to the marketing staff, but is part of everyone’s job.

Learn how to engage your staff at all levels and prepare them with the tools to “booktalk” your library and services to boost access, circulation, & attendance.

At the end of this program, attendees will be able to:
• Basic booktalking skills to get staff at all service points providing reader’s advisory
• Creatively think about underserved groups to market programs and services to a wider audience
• Keep your staff up to date on what is happening outside of their own department
• How to comfortably work promotion and library advocacy into conversation with patrons

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Original broadcast June 19, 2017

Jez Layman — Biography
Jez Layman is an Adult Services Librarian at Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien, IL. When she’s not on the reference desk, she’s planning programs for 20-30 somethings for IPPL’s popular #LibSocial group or teaching classes on job hunting. She has a deep love for audiobooks and has a spreadsheet for every occasion.

 

#OwnVoices for All Readers: Incorporating EDI Values into Readers’ Advisory Service

Steps to Becoming a More Inclusive and Diverse Library for Young Readers

 

How diverse are the services and programs that are offered in your library? Could you be even more effective in creating a diverse and inclusive place for your users and community? This interactive and informative program will discuss the importance of creating diverse and inclusive learning spaces in libraries.

Andrea will highlight dozens of multicultural and inclusive books that will appeal to young readers and will provide strategies for participants to engage readers, increase access to diverse content, and foster culturally competent learning environments.

Attendees will learn how to:
Build and promote radically inclusive library collections
Evaluate and select multicultural literature for authenticity and appropriateness
Better advocate for diverse resources

Original broadcast December 21, 2017

Andrea Jamison ~ Biography
Andrea Jamison is a school librarian, aspiring children’s book author, and doctoral student at Dominican University, where she is exploring the lack of diversity in children’s literature. In addition to her full-time duties in librarianship, she is a full-time mom, Board Member for ALA’s Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable, the committee chair for the EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award and the David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award, a reviewer for the School Library Journal, a reviewer for Indieview, freelance writer, and social justice advocate.  She also works with the Illinois School Library Media Association as a member of their advocacy committee.  Andrea enjoys reading to children and speaks nationally on issues related to diversity.

Staying in Genre Shape

Staying in Genre Shape

Once you know what makes a mystery a mystery or a fantasy a fantasy and why a patron may prefer one of those genres to another, it is time to move on to the next step…keeping that genre knowledge up to date. Yes, Harry Potter will always be classified a fantasy and Agatha Christie a mystery, but within those larger categories there are smaller subgenres and trends that evolve over time.
Join noted Readers’ Advisory Specialist and long-time Genre Study coordinator, Becky Spratford as she gives you a work out plan for staying in genre shape. She will show you not only how vital it is to stay on top of the changes within genre fiction, but also how easy and, more importantly, fun it is to stay in genre shape. Together we will rethink the entire concept of genre and how we use it to help readers find their next good read.

Attendees will learn how to:
Create a genre work out plan for yourself and your staff
Stay abreast of current trends in genre fiction
Identify the most useful genre resources based on your individual needs
Organize a genre study

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Original broadcast December 19, 2017 

Becky Spratford ~ Biography
Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All, and it’s evil twin, RA for All Horror, and is on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist. Becky is also known for her work with horror readers as the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition [ALA Editions, 2012] and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association who are honoring her as a Special Guest of Honor at StokerCon 2017 for her contribution to the genre. You can connect with Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

Reader’s Advisory Mysteries Solved: How Sisters in Crime Can Help

Reader’s Advisory Mysteries Solved: How Sisters in Crime Can Help

According to Library Journal, mysteries are the most circulated genre of fiction in public libraries. Chances are, your patrons are clamoring for them. Sisters in Crime, a national organization of mystery writers, can help you. Cari Dubiel is the Library Liaison to SinC, and she will talk about how to get those mysteries flying off the shelves. Author and librarian Amanda Flower will also join us to talk about how Sisters in Crime has helped her succeed.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the different subgenres of mysteries and how to recommend them
  • Find out about the resources available to them through Sisters in Crime, including new titles to suggest
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions about the writing life

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Original broadcast April 12, 2106

Cari Dubiel ~ Biography

Cari Dubiel is the co-host of the ABC Book Reviews Podcast, a popular online program that was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as a best book podcast. Cari has worked in public libraries for over 15 years, doing everything from student page to her most current role as computer services manager at the Twinsburg Public Library.

Amanda Flower ~ Biography

Amanda Flower is the USA Today bestselling author of several different mystery series, including the Agatha-nominated Andi Boggs series for middle grade readers. Her latest release, Crime and Poetry, is out in April. She is also an Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Hudson Library and Historical Society.

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Advising Readers of Young Adult Literature: An Interactive Webinar Program

Satisfying the Reader’s Advisory needs for patrons of all ages who enjoy Young Adult literature can be very challenging! And keeping up with new releases and trends can almost seem impossible.

In this interactive and fun webinar, participants will learn specific methods for advising readers of young adult literature, including questions to ask, approaches for readers of different ages, and the best resources to have on hand.

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Original broadcast December 9, 2016

Instructor Bio ~ Eden Grey
Eden J. Rassette is the Teen Services Librarian at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library. She believes she has the best job in the world, and brags about her teens to anyone who will listen. You can find her reading, writing, and blogging online @edynjean