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Readers’ Advisory in a Post-Covid World

Readers’ Advisory in a Post-Covid World

2020 may not have gone the way anyone planned, but the one thing that this year has definitely taught us is that no matter how much libraries had tried to promote themselves as “”more than books,”” when things were turned upside down, in our world and with our service models, patrons still looked to us, first and foremost, to help them identify a good read. Library workers around the country took the challenges thrown at them and figured out a way to keep RA Service going through a pandemic, without their physical spaces, and in some cases, made huge improvements along the way.

Join International Readers Advisory expert Becky Spratford as she walks you through her 10 Rules of Basic RA Service, completely updated with lessons learned from our Covid experience, explaining how every member of your staff can get involved providing this vital service to readers. Participants will learn why a staff that can harness the power of sharing a great read, whether in person or online, will become a stronger team, improving service to all patrons. And the best part, it all begins with you, the individual staff member, and more specifically, your personal love of your favorite books.

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Original broadcast November 10, 2020


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. 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 honored her as a Special Guest of Honor at StokerCon 2017 for her contribution to the genre. She is currently serving as Secretary of the HWA and organizes their annual Librarians’ Day. You can connect with Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

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ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic.

Participants will be able to:

  • Learn about the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov
  • Search and interpret the results database Be informed about the number of study records with results, and
  • Learn how health sciences librarians can advocate to clinical researchers the importance of complying with the results submission requirements mandated by federal law.

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Liz Waltman coordinates National Network of Libraries of Medicine SEA programming for Health and Health Information Professionals, the SEA Communications program and supports NNLM SEA’s engagement throughout the region. She is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a Masters in Library and Information Sciences. During her time in the program, she served as the Health Sciences Librarian Intern at Duquesne University. A main responsibility in this role was creating online guides to research topics in the health sciences including Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Music Therapy, and Human Trafficking. Prior to librarianship, Liz earned a B.A. in music education and performance from Ithaca College and a M.M. in music performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Outside the library Liz enjoys music on the bass trombone, baking her way through Mary Berry recipes, and binging on British television shows.

In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

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The Five Pillars of Leadership

The Five Pillars of Leadership


Readers should lead with one purpose in mind: to achieve increasingly positive results from the efforts of their team members. Leaders who want trust, commitment, and loyalty from team members must first develop and then demonstrate these qualities themselves.

This 15-minute series on The Five Pillars of Leadership will examine how to build the bridge to span the leadership gap in your team and in you.