SCLS is partnering with the five library systems (IFLS, MCFLS, NWLS, OWLS, and SEWI) to bring you a series of Readers Advisory (RA) webinars featuring Becky Spratford. I first heard Becky on a PLA webinar this past December and was blown away by her knowledge of RA and books and the way she presented them. I was so glad that Leah Langby from Indianhead Federated Library System (IFLS) got the ball rolling on this series. Here are the details for series:
- RA for All, February 25
From Pages to Directors, this program is aimed at any staff member in the library who interacts with patrons. Being able to provide good RA service from any desk in the library will help staff communicate effectively and ensure satisfied patrons. Using her “Ten Rules of Basic RA Service" as a guide," Becky Spratford will show you how to help any patron find their next great read. It's not as hard as you think. Register here!
- DeMystifying Genre: How to Help Every Type of Reader, April 5
Nothing is scarier than trying to help a fan of a genre you don't enjoy. You are afraid they will find out you are a fraud. How can YOU possibly help THEM?! Never fear, in this program, Readers Advisory expert Becky Spratford will teach you how to keep your genre knowledge up to date, explain the biggest trends in genre fiction, and share her time-tested tricks for working with genre readers. You will leave a trail of happy patrons in your wake. Register here!
- Readers Advisory: Bridging the Physical and Virtual Divide, May 19
Promoting books in the virtual world is a tricky proposition. On the one hand, you want to exploit tools like blogs, Twitter, and other social media options. On the other hand, you don't want to forget about your core brick and mortar customers. Readers Advisory expert Becky Spratford is here to help. Using examples from her library and others, Becky will share her tricks and tips for navigating this without sacrificing your core services. She will leave you with an overall philosophy and key strategies that can be easily implemented at your library, across a variety of platforms. Register here!
All webinars will be from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and will be via GoToWebinar. Register for one or all three.
2/5/16 Update: The webinars will all be recorded so you can watch them at your convenience if you aren't able to join us live.