What’s To Come in 2018? Assessing and Staying On Top of Adult Leisure Reading and Collection Development Trends

For library workers who assist leisure readers, whether it is from the front desk, the reference desk, or as you roam the stacks, staying on top of the latest trends is imperative. Our patrons expect us to know what's hot before they do. They expect us to have the items ready and waiting for them as soon as they request them. And with all of the other job duties we have to worry about, sometimes we are not a responsive to the most current trends as we could be. But assessing trends in leisure reading and collection development is an essential job duty, and it is not nearly as difficult as you may think. Join noted Readers' Advisory expert Becky Spratford for a webinar that will be fun and useful. She will walk you through the current trends in adult leisure collections and teach you the tips and tricks you can use to stay in the know all year long. Before you know it, your library will be trending in your community.

* A look back at the biggest leisure reading and collection development trends of 2017
* A look ahead at what will be trending in those areas in 2018

Participants will:
* Learn how to stay on top of trends all year long
* Learn how to keep your collection as responsive as possible to your patrons' tastes
* Learn how to make the library visit more participatory for your adult patrons

Intended audience:
Any who serves adult leisure readers - from reference desks to circulation desks - and anyone who purchases or weeds for these collections.

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 readers' advisory (RA) training blog RA for All, 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 and IndiePicks Magazine. 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 Writes Association who honored her as a special guest of honor at StokerCon 2017 for her contribution to the genre. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes in length and was originally broadcast on January 18, 2018.

What’s To Come in 2018? Assessing and Staying On Top of Adult Leisure Reading and C