CLICK HERE for quick access to the materials for the 2016-17 Speculative Fiction Genre Study.
The website now features UNRESTRICTED access, including notes from our meetings; however, in order to attend the meetings in person, you must be a member of ARRT. Click here for information about how you can join.


I can come to your library, book club meeting, or conference to talk about how to help your readers find their next good read. Click here for more information.

Ten Rules of Basic RA Service [Updated 2.16]

Becky's Ten Rules of Basic RA Service

1.   Betty Rosenberg: “Never apologize for your reading tastes.”
      -- A non-judgmental list of what you should read"
2.   Suggest don’t Recommend
3.   Everyone reads a different version of the same book.
4.   Write down adjectives about what you read; plot you can find.
5.   Read widely (at least speed read widely)
     -- reading ABOUT books is just as important as reading the books
6.   Share what you read- with staff and patrons.
      -- booktalk every chance you get
7. Meet patrons on their own turf to start meaningful conversations
8. Never let a patron leave unsatisfied
9. Bridge the physical-virtual divide
      -- Get Booked podcast as a practice tool [post/link pending]
      --  reader profile exercise

The 5 Resources You Cannot Live Without 

Amazon and/or GoodReads: Plot summaries, author pages, possible readalikes, but more importantly, customer comments! 5 star and 1 star reviews are the most helpful. Treat customer reviews as patrons.  Also use as a platform to practice writing reviews and/or helping anonymous patrons.

NoveList: Many things you need all in one place. [Full disclosure-- I write for them.]*

KentDistrict Public Library’s What’s Next DatabaseEasy to retrieve and print lists of books in series order. Makes patrons happy.  Brings them back!

All Although it is not a pretty site, no one else gives the frank sex and violence level information that their reviewers do.

Gnooks: When you are desperate…distract them.

*If your library does not subscribe to NoveList, I suggest Fantastic Fiction as a replacement [although, talk to me about getting a free NoveList trial because it really is the best.]