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The Secrets of Stellar Readers’ Advisory Service

August 11, 2021 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Apply for a seat in this one-hour webinar.

Helping leisure readers is a core service at all public libraries. It is also a service that every member of the staff can and should be engaged in; however, many staff not only do not know where to begin, but also, they are not encouraged to help.

Well that outdated mindset is about to end. Join international Readers’ Advisory expert, Becky Spratford, as she unveils the secrets to her success. From being able to share books you have never read to provocative conversation starters and more, Becky will spill it all and help you to become a RA superstar in your own right. 

Learning Objectives for this program:

  • Learn how any library worker, from any position, can participate in service to leisure readers
  • Understand the difference between sharing what happens in a story vs why someone would enjoy it
  • Come away with a list of easy to replicate tips and tricks for immediate implementation

Becky Spratford ~ Biography

Becky Spratford [MLIS] 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. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist and a horror review column for Library Journal.

Becky is a 20 year locally elected Library Trustee [still serving] and a Board member for the Reaching Across Illinois Library System. Known for her work with horror readers, Becky is the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition [ALA Editions, 2012] and is currently hard at work on the 3rd Edition. She is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and currently serves as the Association’s Secretary and organizer of their annual Librarians’ Day. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.  

CALL EXCLUSIVE: This webinar is only available to California Library staff. Register to attend live or visit the CALL Academy one week after delivery for a recording.