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.
Fall 2020: Conducting Diversity Audits
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Summer 2020: Spark Talks on BookTube & Bookstagram
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May 2020: Horror Writers Association Librarians’ Day: Date changed!
November 12, 2020
9 am – 4:30 pm
Naperville Public Library – 95th Street Location
3015 Cedar Glade Road
Naperville, IL 60564
The Horror Writers Association and ARRT present the 4th Annual HWA Librarians’ Day, a day long continuing education event featuring authors, reviewers, publishers, and librarians from all over the country. Whether you are a fan of horror or find it petrifying, all library workers will learn about matching books with readers.
All attendees get lunch, swag, and free books.
Sponsored by: NoveList, Library Reads, Flame Tree Press, Sourcebooks, and Cemetery Dance
Tickets $65/HWA or ARRT Member, $75/Nonmember
In light of CDC request to cancel all gatherings of 50+ people until mid-May, HWA Librarians’ Day is being moved to November 12th, 2020. We will be at the same location, and anticipate providing the same exceptional line-up of authors, panelists, and sponsors.
However, we are happy to refund your existing registration for any reason. Please don’t hesitate to contact us! If you have any questions about the conference, please email Becky Spratford (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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)