Genres are a major factor in how readers pick what they want to read. It is important for library staff to speak the language of genre to help put people together with the books that will connect with people. Knowing the trends, hot books, and top authors in currently popular genres and how to book-talk them helps us provide better service to our patrons.

After this webinar participants will:

  • Be familiar with recent titles and prominent authors in five popular genres
  • Have a toolbox of resources for staying current with genre fiction
  • Know where to find information for different genres
  • Be able to identify and describe traits of three subgenres


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 GenreflectingTeen GenreflectingFluent 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.

Originally broadcast 05/20/2014