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
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.