A Booklist Live Event: How to Stay in Top Genre Shape

Nothing is scarier than being asked to help someone find books in a genre that you don't enjoy yourself. You want to help that romance reader find the perfect book, for example, but you don't know where to begin because—eek!—you don't read romance. Will you be exposed as a fraud? How can you possibly help this reader? Well, you can. You can help any reader at any time as long as you know the right resources to consult, and you make a commitment to staying in genre shape. You can do that by forming a genre study group. Join Booklist RA specialist Becky Spratford as she leads a panel of experts who will walk you through the process of crafting a genre study model that will ensure success for you, your staff, and, most importantly, your readers.

Tuesday, August 22 2:00-3:30

Harold Washington Library Center

Multipurpose Rooms A & B

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Becky Spratford is a Readers Advisory Specialist who trains library workers all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She is under contract with Booklist and NoveList to provide content and reviews to help in this mission. She also runs her own popular and training site—RA for All (raforall.blogspot.com). Becky was recently named an Illinois Library Luminary for her contribution to the profession.

Marlise Schiltz is is the Reader Services Librarian at St. Charles (IL) Public Library, where she leads an active Reader Services team. Marlise also organizes all-staff genre studies at SCPL and co-leads the RAILS West Suburban Genre Study.

Karen Toonen, Adult Services Librarian at Naperville (IL) Public Library, became the official notetaker of the ARRT Genre Studies in 2013, documenting the Graphic Novel, Crime, and Speculative Fiction discussions. Karen also organized ARRT's Genre Book Camp, an all-day training session covering multiple genres presented in 2013.

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