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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Join the Historical Fiction Party Later Today

Okay, maybe party is a strong word, but we all have a chance to get together to learn for FREE later today. I am signed up and will be there. I even made plans to be on the phone with a friend while we watch the webinar together. 

This is a great opportunity to learn together. We can use the chat at the same time. Make some new friends. But also, consider calling someone on the phone while you are watching so you can learn together. Have some side discussions with a colleague about what you are learning. Share patron stories. Maybe even stay on the phone for a bit after.

This can be a learning AND social experience.

You can sign up from now to up to an hour before the event. If you miss the signup or the webcast, you can also use the links below to access the recording. And you can always visit the LibraryReads Resources page for the link to all of the Crash Courses.

I love all of these "Crash Course" webinars because they give you the most useful information about each genre from the reader perspective. The advice and the information can be applied immediately to help readers while it will also give you a sense of the state of the genre at this moment. 

And you do NOT need a subscription to NoveList in order to use any of this info.

Please see my post from February 20th which has all of the details you need to participate.

Genre Crash Course in Historical Fiction

One of the best resources for the current state of each genre are the LibraryReads-NoveList Crash Courses. I have a link to the archives with access to each recording on my constantly updated "Becky's Favorite Free Genre Resources" page which you can access directly here or anytime at the bottom of my Ten Rules for Basic RA Service page.

So far they have tackled:
Next up....Historical Fiction. See below or click here for details and to sign up. I generally miss the live webinar but I alway sign up so they send me the recording. 

I have learned something from every single one, even the horror one. Everyone should watch these to get up to speed on the current trends, hot authors, and best practices when helping fans of the genre.

Do you have a go-to strategy for helping historical fiction readers? Whether your readers are fans of family sagas or shady ladies, let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best historical fiction has to offer your readers — from Biblical fiction to World War II and everything in between.
Join us as they cover:
  • Why readers love historical fiction and how libraries can ramp up their collections
  • How historical fiction developed, including classics, newcomers, and awards to know
  • Subgenres and trends
  • NoveList insider information on genre headings, appeal terms, and more
We welcome anyone interested to stay for an additional 15-minute training to share search strategy tips and learn where to access genre-related information in NoveList.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 2-3pm Eastern
Optional NoveList training from 3-3:15pm Eastern

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Michael Santangelo is the Deputy Director of Collection Management at BookOps, the technical services collaboration between the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library.  Since starting as a children’s materials selector in 2005 for Brooklyn, he has had various positions working with collection development and technical services.  He is currently the co-chair of ALA’s Public Libraries Technical Services Interest Group and is on the LibraryReads' Board of Directors.  He reads in many genres and books published all around the world.  Besides reading, his newest favorite pastimes are going to movie revivals, visiting friends up and down the East Coast, and daydreaming on the subway.

A former lit instructor and medieval scholar-turned-RA Librarian, Kimberly Burton brings in-depth knowledge of genre fiction -- plus a passion for helping readers discover stories they’ll love -- to all she does at NoveList. She loves a great list (who doesn’t!) and develops Recommended Reads book lists, Book Discussion Guides, and other innovative RA content throughout NoveList databases. An omnivorous reader, Kimberly especially likes medieval fantasies, historical fiction, gothic fiction, and supernatural horror. Her first crush was Sherlock Holmes (more recently supplanted by David Rose of Schitt’s Creek). She enjoys true-crime TV, making art, and petting cats. Kimberly is a former ACRL fellow and current NCLA member.

Moderator Halle Eisenman leads the Editorial Content Team which oversees the creation of the lists, articles, book discussion guides, and all the other amazing and informative content you can find in NoveList. Prior to working at NoveList, she spent a dozen years working for a public library system in a variety of roles, but no matter what her job title, her favorite part of any day was suggesting books to patrons. When not at work, Halle can often be found walking her dogs (they get lots of exercise when she’s listening to a particularly riveting audiobook), binge-watching TV shows aimed at teenagers, baking, or sitting on her back porch with a book. She is currently serving on the RUSA CODES Reading List Council.

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