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.
December 2020: Diversity Audits for Library Collections
Wed., Dec. 9, 2 pm
Join us on Wednesday, December 9 at 2 pm for a panel discussion with collection development librarians Betsy Bird of the Evanston Public Library and Dontaná McPherson-Joseph of the Oak Park Public Library. They will discuss the process of conducting a diversity audit and the results that led to changes in procedures and new initiatives for their collections.
Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library. She is the former Youth Materials Specialist of New York Public Library and author of Children’s Literature Gems: Choosing Them and Using Them in Your Library Career from ALA Editions. Her blog A Fuse #8 Production is hosted by School Library Journal.
Dontaná McPherson-Joseph is a Collection Management Librarian at Oak Park Public Library. Her to-read pile is a tower, so she is almost always reading two books simultaneously. She appreciates books with great cover art.
This program is sponsored and organized by the Adult Reading Round Table and hosted by RAILS. You don’t need to be a member of ARRT or RAILS to participate, but spots are limited.
November 2020: HWA 4th Annual Librarians’ Day is Going Virtual and Is Now FREE!
We are excited to announce that HWA Librarians’ Day has moved to a virtual format, and it is COMPLETELY FREE!
All panels will be taped ahead of time and released on November 1st to the public through the HWA’s YouTube Page.
Throughout the month of November, the Adult Reading Round Table will be moderating an asynchronous Q&A. We would also like to thank our sponsors who have stuck with us: NoveList, LibraryReads, and Flame Tree Press.
Registered attendees will be provided with an email address to pose their questions to the panelists. Questions and the answers will be posted for attendees to access. All will be able to see the Q&A but only registered attendees will be able to ask questions.
While the event is geared toward library workers, we encourage all HWA members to view the panels. There have been some panel changes, which are as follows:
- The Scary Truth About Horror Reviews (Sponsored by Cemetery Dance) – Featuring New York Times Book Review Horror Columnist Danielle Trussoni, Booklist and Library Journal Horror Reviewer Becky Spratford, and Cemetery Dance reviewer and owner of Night Worms Sadie Hartmann. Moderated by Ashley Rayner from the Chicago Public Library
- Horror and Libraries: A Not So Scary Partnership – Featuring Gillian Cargile-King from Northern Illinois University, Konrad Stump from Springfield-Greene [MO] County Library, Cathleen Keyser from Novelist, and Gregg Winsor from Library Reads. Moderated by Lila Denning from the St. Petersburg [FL] Public Library
- Summer Scares 2020: How to Feature Horror for All Ages at Your Library – Featuring members of the Summer Scares Committee and the announcement of the 2021 Summer Scares Spokesperson!
- The State of Horror Today: A Conversation – Featuring authors Daniel Kraus, Stephen Graham Jones, and Cina Pelayo. Moderated by Becky Spratford
- Meet Flame Tree Press – Editor Don D’Auria and Flame Tree Press authors John Everson, J.G. Faherty, J.H. Moncrieff, Melissa Prusi and Steven Hopstaken. Moderated by Emily Vinci of the Schaumburg Public Library
Visit the HWA Librarians’ Day 2020 page to see handouts and slides (posted after November 1)
Please email Becky Spratford at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
While signup for Librarians’ Day is free we are also using this opportunity to launch a HWA Diversity Grant that was established with funds from the library community.
July 2020: Bookfluencers: Using Social Media To Recommend Books
Missed the live event?
Watch the recorded webinar here
Thank you to the presenters of this virtual program.
Fall 2020: Conducting Diversity Audits
Please check back for details.
November 2019: ARRTCon 2019
Thank you to the presenters, and thanks to the Naperville Public Library for hosting ARRTCon 2019.
Visit the ARRTCon 2019 page to see handouts and slides.
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)