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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.

 

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

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.

Advising Readers of Young Adult Literature: An Interactive Webinar Program

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

Geek Out @ Your Library

Geek Out @ Your Library

Wizards, Time Lords, dragons and angels….just some of the characters your patrons love. Stepping into the “geek” world can be overwhelming, and there just isn’t enough time to learn about all the various fandoms. But this is where your patrons, especially youth are at.

Learn how to engage your patrons, and the shift from a consumer to a creator culture in the geek community. And find some new favorite communities along the way.

Participants will learn about:

  • The current top trends in the geek community
  • Where to find out about what is popular
  • Programming ideas for the geek culture

Original broadcast May 28, 2015

Instructor Bio ~ Carrie Rogers-Whitehead
Carrie is a Senior Librarian with Salt Lake County Library Services. She has run a teen anime club for the last seven years, and frequently uses graphic novels in programming. Carrie also was the creator and lead behind two large events, ToshoCON a teen anime convention, and a Harry Potter Yule Ball, both of which have engaged thousands of teens in the community since 2013. Carrie has trained on geek culture and graphic novels with various organizations, including most recently Salt Lake Comic CON.

Advisory for Readers of Speculative Fiction

Advisory for Readers of Speculative Fiction


 
This informative webinar program focuses on how to help readers of Speculative Fiction, a broad category that encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and horror that is often a mystery to library staff who may not read in those genres.

This session will feature book talks of fiction across the speculative fiction spectrum highlighting appeal factors and read-a-likes.

After this webinar participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the unique attributes of different speculative fiction genres
  • Be familiar with a few titles in each category
  • Know resources to use for finding titles in each of the speculative fiction genres
  • Be familiar with major authors in the genres

 
Original broadcast December 16, 2014

Diana Tixier Herald ~ Biography
Di’s six-word memoir is “Read to live. Live to read.” Books and libraries became her best friends when, as a child, she changed schools 13 times.  Before earning her Master’s degree in Librarianship and Information Management she was a library volunteer, clerk, paraprofessional, and a bookseller. She’s worked in public, academic, school, and special libraries but her passion is public libraries.

She is the series editor of the Genreflecting series from Libraries Unlimited/ABC-Clio and is the author of several books on genre fiction for reader’s advisors including Genreflecting, Teen Genreflecting, Fluent in Fantasy, and Strictly Science Fiction. She has presented on reader’s advisory and genre fiction at conferences in three countries and at many national library and genre conferences. Di is currently the Program & Outreach manager at Delta County Libraries in western Colorado.

Reader’s Advisory in the Digital Age

Reader’s Advisory in the Digital Age

Summer reading is on the horizon, and library users are looking for their next great book. Chances are, many of them are going to find it online. How do we as librarians connect our physical presence to those resources, as well our own online presences? Participants will discover the ways readers find books, learn about popular reading websites and apps, and find new ways to be a part of the reading relationship with your customers.

Presenters: Beth Hatch and Cari Dubiel
Beth Hatch
Beth Hatch is the Virtual Services Manager for Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. Her fondest memories were of her father reading stories to her at night as a child, which translated into a boundless love for audiobooks. The most exciting moment in her life was seeing Neil Gaiman in Cleveland and hearing him read an excerpt from The Graveyard Book. She’s been working in libraries for over ten years, and loves podcasting as a way to spread a little library love to the world.

Cari Dubiel
Cari Dubiel is the Computer Services Manager for Twinsburg Public Library. She has a bachelor’s in English and creative writing from Hiram College and a master’s in library science from Kent State University. Cari has been reading since she was 2 years old and isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon. Her freelance writing has appeared in various places on the web, including her own site, caridubiel.com. She is also an avid gamer and bassoon player.

Originally broadcast 05/21/2014