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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Art of Booktalking Link Now Live

I may be at the ILA conference, but the RA world keeps spinning.  Yesterday, the newest issue of The Corner Shelf, a Booklist free newsletter came out, and it features some fantastic RA articles.

First, I’ll get the self promotion out of the way, because this issue does have a live link to The Art of Booktalking program of which I was a part. Click through and watch, but here is Rebecca Vnuk’s summary of what you can expect:
Booklist recently had the great pleasure of sponsoring a program with Rowman & Littlfield on the topic of booktalking in libraries. The conversation was graciously recorded by the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, and can be viewed here. Jennifer Bromman-Bender, librarian at Lincoln-Way West High School (New Lenox, IL) and author of several books on booktalking, including R&L's Booktalking Nonfiction: 200 Sure-Fire Winners for Middle and High School Readers (2013), spoke about how to present nonfiction books to middle- and high-school students. She also gave a presentation of some of her most popular booktalks. Katie Mediatore Stover of the Kansas City (MO) Public Library (and author of several ALA Editions RA titles) was up next, with a ton of practical advice on how to booktalk informally—while in the stacks, or out in the community. She also discussed how to pull out the best elements of a book in order to sell it to a reader. Kaite incorporated a lot of RA tips (talking about tone, mood, warning the reader what to expect) on how to do what she calls a "bookmercial." Becky Spratford, author of ALA Edition's Readers Advisory Guide to Horror (2012) and librarian at the Berwyn (IL) Public Library, gave advice on how to get your staff comfortable with booktalking, and why booktalking is so important. Becky then finished up with a selection of her favorite horror books for booktalking.
But wait, there is so much more.

Kristi Chadwick and Anna Popp write about creating a regional RA team in Western Mass, Libraryland’s “blurb Queen,” Robin Beerbower is this issue's interviewee, and there is a core collection column on Gay and Lesbian Romance Novels [a trending area that needs revamping at many libraries].

Click through for more.

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