ARRT now offers Travel Grants to support readers’ advisors in attending ARRT programs! Visit the ARRT Travel Grant page for more information on how to apply.
November 2019: ARRTCon
Thursday, November 14, 9 am – 4:40 pm
Naperville Public Library | 95th Street Library
Registration: $60 for ARRT members / $75 for non-members
Join ARRT for an all-day conference covering a wide variety of RA Topics!
After a continental breakfast, Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director of LibraryReads, will kick off the day discussing Librarians as Influencers.
Each attendee will be able to attend three breakout sessions from the list of eight topics. You’ll be prompted to rank the breakouts you are most interested in when you register!
- #OwnVoices for All Readers: Incorporating EDI Values into RA Service
- Developing Inclusive Reading Challenges
- Genre 101: Using Your New Workbook
- Genre Study Success: Hosting Your Own — Big or Small
- Large Scale Book Based Programming: From Idea to Event Day & Everything In-Between
- New Way RA
- NoveList: Unlocking Themes
- Working with LibraryReads Panel
Lunch is included, and preceded by a “Book Buzz” by Sourcebooks.
All participants will receive a digital copy of The ARRT Popular Fiction List, 5th edition, ARCs from Sourcebooks, and new ideas to share!
If you are a 2019 member, you can also renew your membership for 2020 now! If you aren’t a member, your registration fee will include a 2020 membership.
August 2019: Earworms for Bookworms: Podcasting in Libraries
Thanks to the Ela Area Public Library for hosting this event — and to our panelists:
- Becca Boland and Christen Wiser, hosts of the Ela Area Public Library’s podcast, Three Books
- Charlie Crane, Dave Steinke, Jami Lin, Joel Sawyer, and Tony Hahn, hosts of the Des Plaines Public Library’s podcast, Miner Recs
March 2019: Acquiring the Duke: The Current State of Romance in Publishing and Libraries
Thanks to panelists Mary Altman, Bobbi Dumas, Melonie Johnson, Jennifer Prokop, Amy Sandas, and Suleikha Snyder; and thanks to moderator Susan Maguire. We are grateful to the Indian Prairie Public Library for hosting this event.
September 2018: Reader-Focused Collection Development
Thank you to Robin Bradford, Stephen Sposato, Nicole Steeves, and Rebecca Bartlett for presenting. We thank the Archer Heights branch of the Chicago Public Library for hosting.
July 2018: Hosting Author Events at Your Library
Warren-Newport Public Library
Debbie Hoffman, Readers’ Services Librarian, Warren-Newport Public Library
Marilyn Brant, Author
Naomi McNeely, Bookseller
Madelyn Austin, Adult Programming Specialist
Thank you to Sarah Yale and Sam Adams-Lanham for presenting and to Oak Park Public Library for hosting.
November 2017: ARRTCon
Thank you to the presenters, and thanks to the Naperville Public Library for hosting ARRTCon 2017.
Visit the ARRTCon 2017 page to view program handouts and slides.
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June 2017: Dealing in Diversity: Proactively Serving Communities Through Authentic Representation
Thank you to Robin Bradford, Mikki Kendall, Annabelle Mortensen and Mimosa Shah for presenting and to Skokie Public Library for hosting this event.
Program live tweets from Becky Spratford (@RAforAll)
Robin Bradford’s Librarians in the 21st Century: The Power of Our Choices
Mikki Kendall’s How to Write About Black Women
March 2017: On the Same Page: How to Plan a Successful Community Reading Program for Your Library
Arlington Heights Memorial Library: One Book One Village
Pam Schwarting, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Westmont Reads: Connecting Through Graphics
Brittany Hoornaert Smith, Westmont Public Library
November 2016: RA Hacks
Thanks to everyone who attended RA Hacks, and to the Glenside Public Library for hosting.
Rethinking RA Basics slides
Becky Spratford, RA for All
Social Media handout
Tracy Gossage and Mike Hominick, Northbrook Public Library
August 2016: Becoming the Face of RA
A huge thank you to all who attended Becoming the Face of RA; to Rebecca Vnuk, adult books editor at Booklist, for moderating; to RAILS for hosting; and for Indian Prairie Public Library for recording the session for posterity.
Lawrence Public Library Book Squad slides
Polli Kenn, Readers’ Services Coordinator at the Lawrence Public Library
NoveList Book Squad slides
Krista Biggs and Nancy Dowd, Novelist Book Squad
Downers Grove Public Library Bookology slides
Melissa Doornbos, Public Relations Manager and Bookologist at the Downers Grove Public Library
May 2016: Listen Up!: Audiobook Readers’ Advisory
Michele Cobb, Executive Director of the Audio Publishers Association
Cheryl Herman, Marketing Director for Books on Tape/Penguin Random House
Dan Zitt, Vice President, Content Production for the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Renee Young, Novelist and RUSA Listen List
Kate Rudd, Audie, Earphones & Odyssey winning narrator
December 2015: ARRTapalooza!
Writing Better Annotations
New Adult: What is It?
Indie State of Mind
Working with Authors on Special Events
Novelist Tips & Tricks
YA Crossover Reads for Adults
Niche Book Discussions (Mystery 1, Mystery 2, Mystery 3)