Developing the Adult Fiction Collection

Diversity is the key to a strong adult fiction collection. In this workshop, adult fiction expert Robin Bradford will cover how you can grow and diversify your collection to make better readers advisory choices and offer stronger materials to your patrons. You’ll learn best practices for acquiring new materials and for drawing on the strengths of the material you already have. This workshop will not only demystify selecting and ordering diverse materials but will also help library staff confidently display, promote, and connect those materials to a variety of readers.

This webinar is part of the Collection Development Crash Course series.

After participating in this event, you will:

  • Understand the foundational reasons for diversifying your collection and be able to reliably discover diverse materials
  • Understand strategies for recommending works either actively or passively that go beyond your lived experience or the perceived lived experience of your community
  • Recognize the importance of the book atmosphere and how libraries, publishers, reviewers, vendors, authors, bookstores and the public all work together

Robin Bradford has earned a BA and MA in English, an MS in Library Science, and a JD, but has found a home in building reader-focused, popular collections in public libraries. She was recognized as RWA’s 2016 Librarian of the Year and is addicted to books and dedicated to helping others discover a love of reading. She has worked with authors to help get their titles into these collections, worked with librarians to push for equal treatment of genre fiction, and worked with readers so that they can find their favorite authors on their library’s shelves.

This event will be hosted in Zoom. Automatic captions will be enabled for this event. This event will be recorded, and registrants will receive access to the recording within a day after the event ends.

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Developing the Adult Nonfiction Collection

Adult nonfiction collections pose unique challenges. In this event, collection development expert Stephanie Sendaula will show you best practices for developing, maintaining, and weeding the adult nonfiction collection, with an emphasis on staying up to date with trends in popular areas such as memoirs and cookbooks.

You’ll gain an understanding of which materials that have a limited shelf life, and library staff who specialize in collection development or reference will gain a better understanding of the importance of nonfiction, the variety of it, and how to best tailor their collection to meet their community’s needs.

This webinar is part of the Collection Development Crash Course series.

After participating in this event, you will:

  • Have a stronger understanding of how to get started with nonfiction collection development
  • Be equipped to stay up to date with nonfiction trends that can help you to keep a collection current
  • Gain the confidence to purchase books in subjects outside of your usual reading interests

Stephanie Sendaula is Programming and Outreach Specialist at LibraryLinkNJ. She was previously Associate Editor at Library Journal and has extensive experience in collection development as a public and academic librarian as well as a freelancer for NoveList. In addition to presenting on collection development and management, she also has solid experience presenting on issues relating to intellectual freedom and censorship in libraries.

This event will be hosted in Zoom. Automatic captions will be enabled for this event. This event will be recorded, and registrants will receive access to the recording within a day after the event ends.

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